Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Sometime we publish different abandoned Soviet objects that being visited by Russian bloggers. This time they have visited pretty interest place that was very important during the Cold War. It was used to store nuclear projectiles and thus tells a lot about technology used by Soviet army to store such type of substances. Let’s take a look:

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

First of all here are the gates of the arsenal armory. It’s door hinges are additionally reinforced with chains.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

When they entered the place they were shocked to see a man in mask under the ceilings. What is he doing here? It turned out he was disassembling the machine (crane) and wanted to take it with him away from here.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

The man didn’t seem to be hostile so they followed inside. Here is a part of old Soviet sign saying: “Stop! You can’t carry anything thru here!”.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

There are three sets of consequent  metal/concrete doors to access the place.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Here he looks back to see the previous doors and a hallway.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Inside surprisingly a few blocks of old Soviet fire alarms still intact.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

A bell to ring for a guard on duty.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

This place had sets of refrigerators for air conditioning of the nuclear arsenal. The equipment is gone.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Here traces of compressor seen cut off by looters.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

And its control panel.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Shows the schematics of freon air conditioning machines.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Further they go and enter the main arsenal chambers where nuclear warheads were stored. This round area on the floor were used by trollies to turn, and trollies were used to carry the warheads. They went on rails that you can see on the floor too.

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Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Here is another crane that dude still didn’t get his hands on. It has a motor to move the crane and a winch to raise things from the ground.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Here is another storage chamber, it’s on the second floor.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

It’s empty. No nuclear warheads were found.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Here you can see that round part that used to turn trollies around by rotating rails. Ingenious way to turn rails without having much space for a smooth turn.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

It could handle 10 tons of weight.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Next planned maintance date: 1993. Probably never happened!

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Electric boots to work with high voltage.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

More hallways, some floors were destroyed by looters in search of copper wire.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Thru the broken window they saw something interesting.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

It’s a Soviet diesel generator.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

It’s just a part of it.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Thing is destroyed by looters.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Here should be a engine itself – it’s missing.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Here is a tank for hydraulics oil. The green arrow shows the level of the tank as its connected to a float inside of the tank.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Another tank, now with water.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Some unknown gadgets.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

One more air conditioner room. This model is back from 1956.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

The sign says “by-pass” – it’s sort of a back up conditioning in case of something wrong with main system. Conditioner itself is missing of course.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Their control panels.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Everything is taken away from inside of those shelves.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Some smaller parts are still intact.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

Some switches.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

And a valve for that “by pass” air conditioning.

Abandoned nuclear warhead armory

And that’s basically it! Probably you know have more or less an idea how Soviet nuclear warhead storage looked like. Nothing fancy, all very functional, but destroyed now. However there probably some more still working scattered around Russia. Thanks for the photos goes to Starcom – his website is below:

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