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does anyone have any pics of these?

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looking on google earth, you can still see the course of the two tracks on stoney castle field firing range-but the range looks abandoned now with the range wardens huts long gone

weirdly-between ash and henley park ranges there are numerous light coloured 'squigles' in the ground visible-any idea what these are?

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By the squiggles do you mean these:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/51°16'04.7"N+0°41'14.4"W/@51.267977,-0.6887742,461m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.2679768!4d-0.6873375

Make sure you are in satellite view to see the shapes.

If the ranges are open I will take a ride over there and find out, but I suspect they are scrapes put there by the wildlife people. They strip off what little topsoil there is and it provides a window of opportunity for species that like that environment.

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I really have no idea how I managed to create duplicate entries?

I will put the keyboard down and check out those shapes.

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thanks simon-yes those squiggles!

 

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Well I took a ride out...went looking for the which house complete with its diesel engine and managed to get hopelessly lost and in a bog...I did cross the bed of where the railway once ran but except for an earth bank there was not much to see. Worth a look along the entire length perhaps to see if there are any remains?

Short story: did not find the squiggles, knew I was faced with 18kms of headwind on the return so bailed the search. 

At some point I will go back and have another look, as well as get a few images of the diesel engine that sits in the winch house. It might make a lovely 3D model.

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sad how the mod eradicates history so quickly.

Stoney Castle field firing range was in use frequently, and even as a cadet we used to push trolleys up and down the line. The range was awash with ordnance, 2" 3" he mortars, energa and piat rounds, 3.5" bazooka, 40 & 60mm bofors flat nosed rounds, even found some blacker bombard rounds. I recall it was quite a haven for wildlife, but it seems to have cattle grazing now, with most of the shrub and trees gone.

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Not sure if it is still in place but there was a Range Railway serving the ranges at Strensall Camp near York.

Tracks still in place about 3 years ago last time I ventured that way.

Not known if there was ever a loco but there used to be push trolleys.

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3 hours ago, terryb said:

I recall it was quite a haven for wildlife, but it seems to have cattle grazing now, with most of the shrub and trees gone.

Its a brilliant place for wildlife. The cattle help graze the heath, keep the shrubs and trees suppressed and lets the lowland heather heath exist. Shows how nature really abhors a vacuum, and I reckon those rounds you speak of are just under the soil.

There are the remains of two target trackways in the ranges. I will nip over there again and get enough images for a 3D model now I have the GPS marks.

I too would love to see any old photographs of it in action.

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Is the Bisley range railway still there?

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Here is a recent pic inside the winch house, sorry for poor quality.

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thanks-nice to see it again. Interesting to note the round weights to keep tension on the two drums

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I took a cycle over the ranges today. It was great to be out there in the sunshine. I found both engine houses and managed to complete a scan of the first one before the camera batteries died:

Link to 3D model

The engine is missing some parts - most noticeable was the radiator - but otherwise in reasonable condition.

The second engine house is harder to find but is better preserved (As per ammoman's post above) and the engine still has its radiator. This one runs from SE to NW in direction. A few iPhone pictures:

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Comms box on the wall:

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Ordnance close by. Judging by the colour, an inert warhead:

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nice pics-thank you

(the Carl Gustav round is in good considering its age-just missing the nose rod)

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just looking at the nearest firing ranges to me here in Kent on google earth, and amazed to see Lydd ranges has an extensive narrow gauge railway system!

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