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I worked as a driver a the ROF for 12 years 1978-1990. There was a road that went right through the factory called central road, once one of the drivers got permission to test drive his racing car along this road, it was just about 1 mile long.
As a driver I worked with the on site surgery as the ambulance driver and saw many accidents there.
All workers there had to live by a rule book called MOD manual 9.
The factory was the biggest engineering construction in the whole of Europe. There was a huge cement mixer brought from the USA. The factory was bomb proof with some of the walls being 16ft thick. Maybe some people who worked there during the war would remember the Bloody Mary's, They were big circlar buildings which looked like the funnels of a big ship. Inside these men worked on high explosive and if there was an explosion, and there was! the blast would be directed upward throught the top of the roof.
I have a theory that there was/is a tunnel from ROF Heapy to ROF Chorley, three miles long. I have met people who claim to have been inside it. I believe it was built as an integeral part of the factory as an auxillary backup just i case the rail lines where bombed. I believe it was one of the best kept secrets of the second world war.
Originally posted by holtmark70
i live in chorley and know that the tall boy and the bouncing bomb were produced at euxton. what is of more interest is the alleged 'strategic reserve' at heapy..
2 entire classes of steam locomotive just vanished in the 60's and local wisdom has it that they are stored in 4 blast proof bunkers in the hills around heapey!!!
and it can be seen on google earth