interconnecting tunnels throughout the complex are essentially very
similar. Basically they are all comprised of 5 gauge corrugated
steel conduit (a culvert pretty much) with an inner diameter of 9'
6". Technically there are 3 variants in the site: Types A,
B, and C.
A typically has heavy pipe supports running down one side and 3
or more rows of cable trays down the other. The floor is steel plate
with large conduit (fire water, sanitary sewer, etc.) run underneath
and wooden runners (3' 4" apart) on either side to keep equipment
carts from going astray. Type A tunnels were used for the launcher tunnels and
sections between large tunnel junctions in the launcher area.
B could have pipe supports and cable trays but the floor of the
tunnel is leveled with about 2 feet of concrete instead of steel
decking. Type B tunnels were used in the Antenna tunnel.
C also carries cables and conduit and has about 1 foot of
concrete in the bottom. Type C tunnels were used in the utilities tunnels.
to the bowels of the complex. Yuck! Above the opening it
says: "Tunnels and Blast Locks". This is a Type A
tunnel. It was once blocked off by plywood (some of which still
remains) and protected by alarms. Clearly maid service has been
lapse in this area.
is definitely a rubber boot zone from here on out. While there
are long stretches of dry ground, they are punctuated by nearly
unavoidable sloughs of nastiness. Fortunately, the pipe supports
provide some high ground that permits safe passage over the majority
of the flooded areas.
source of Red Bull! The relative elevation of the tunnels and T.J.
#10 are such that water drains towards the main tunnel junction and
ultimately the Power house. The large conduit connections for the
lines under the (now absent) decking are shown here. The supports
for the decking run down either side of the tunnel. Deck plating
was particularly popular with salvage contractors and often very little
was left behind.
call this "Missile Marmalade". It's a tasty combination
of nasty water, rust, mud and God-knows-what. Spread some on toast
today! $3.99 a jar. On sale now while supplies last!
Free foreign material in every jar!
section is a bit sparse at the moment, but I will be adding more
pictures shortly. What you see above is just the first couple
hundred feet of tunnel leading to the fuel terminal.
can brave the nastiness and continue on to the fuel terminal, or flee
back to T.J. #10 and check out a less-scuzzy area.
Terminal, or Go
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