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    Thread: Chernobyl vehicle graveyard. some hauntingly beautiful photos.

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      11-12-2004 03:13 PM #1




















      fascinating!

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    2. 11-12-2004 03:15 PM #2
      you couldnt pay me to walk in that country pre children...

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      11-12-2004 03:16 PM #3
      Awesome...

      Here is a great link....very good read!!!
      http://www.kiddofspeed.com/chapter1.html


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      11-12-2004 03:16 PM #4
      Thanks for sharing!

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      11-12-2004 03:17 PM #5
      The rotor span on those helo's is HUGE..

      Is it safe to walk in there yet?


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      11-12-2004 03:19 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by mattdesmond »
      Thanks for sharing!

      no problem! they're actually pics in a members-only thread on another site. they were too good to just keep over there though.

      i like how the helicopters almost look like bleached carcasses.

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      11-12-2004 03:20 PM #7
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      11-12-2004 03:21 PM #8
      Amazing! Was that a junkyard prior to the disaster, or were all those (presumably irradiated) vehicles placed there afterwards? I ask because many of them seem to have been picked over for parts. No surprise, but a bit scary when you think someone out there could have radioactive parts in their truck or van and not know it!

      That huge tracked vehicle with all the hydraulics is the coolest. It looks like they took a standard pickup cab, cut it down the middle, and widened it by a couple feet.

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      11-12-2004 03:21 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by Shawn M. »
      The rotor span on those helo's is HUGE..

      Is it safe to walk in there yet?

      you mean the really big ones? those are Mil Mi-26s. largest in the world. more info here if you're interested:
      http://www.russians.bird.ch/MilHeli/MI26P01.html

      i believe it's safe to walk about Chernobyl, but you're not supposed to eat anything from there or dig into the dirt to much. still lots of contamination.

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      11-12-2004 03:23 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by Shawn M. »

      Is it safe to walk in there yet?
      no... for an hour probably. but don't spend the night
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      11-12-2004 03:23 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by AKADriver »
      Amazing! Was that a junkyard prior to the disaster, or were all those (presumably irradiated) vehicles placed there afterwards? I ask because many of them seem to have been picked over for parts. No surprise, but a bit scary when you think someone out there could have radioactive parts in their truck or van and not know it!

      those are ALL irradiated and contaminated vehicles set aside after the cleanup of the Chernobyl meltdown. missing parts? taken by scavengers.

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    12. 11-12-2004 03:26 PM #12
      thats quite a GTG.

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      11-12-2004 03:26 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by Obin Robinson »
      i believe it's safe to walk about Chernobyl, but you're not supposed to eat anything from there or dig into the dirt to much. still lots of contamination.

      obin

      You're also not supposed to enter any buildings, IIRC. Open areas are safe.

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    14. 11-12-2004 03:29 PM #14
      that place is facinating...
      anybody have a link to the webpage of the motorcyclists who rides there... that person had some realy earie pictures there as well.

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      11-12-2004 03:29 PM #15
      in that link posted above...it says you also need to stay out of the woods near the accident site as well

      "Usually, on this leg of the journey, a beeping geiger counter inspires to shift into high gear and streak through the area with great haste. The patch of trees in front of me is called red - or 'magic" wood. In 1986, this wood glowed red with radiation. They cut them down and buried them under 1 meter of earth.

      The readings on the asphalt paving is 500 -3000 microroentgens, depending upon where you stand. That is 50 to 300 times the radiation of a normal environment. If I step 10 meters forward, geiger counter will run off the scale. If I walk a few hundred meters towards the reactor, the radiation is 3 roentgens per hour - which is 300,000 times normal. If I was to keep walking all the way to the reactor, I would glow in the dark tonight. Maybe this is why they call it magic wood. It is sort of magical when one walks in with biker's leather and walks out like a knight in a shining armor."


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    16. 11-12-2004 03:33 PM #16
      as long as you stay on pavement and arent there for a long time it would be ok.

      id LOVE LOVE to go there.


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      11-12-2004 03:33 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by AKADriver »
      You're also not supposed to enter any buildings, IIRC. Open areas are safe.

      Guys read that link I posted above....it has all the info you are looking for.

      You cant get too close to the plant....radiation is still very high in many areas....

      And the trucks and all the left over equipment is no good, radiation gets into metal too.

      Read thru that link....well worth it. Many pics...you will be amazed.

      Here is one of the trucks...



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    18. 11-12-2004 03:34 PM #18
      http://www.kiddofspeed.com/default.htm

      about 30 pages on chernobyl by some crazy biker chick. the most recent issue of INTERSECTION magazine did an article on her site, and also talked about the vehicle graveyard. def worth a read.


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      11-12-2004 03:35 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by assideways »
      http://www.kiddofspeed.com/default.htm

      about 30 pages on chernobyl by some crazy biker chick. the most recent issue of INTERSECTION magazine did an article on her site, and also talked about the vehicle graveyard. def worth a read.

      Same link as I posted.....


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      11-12-2004 03:36 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by AKADriver »

      You're also not supposed to enter any buildings, IIRC. Open areas are safe.

      If you have the right detection equipment you can enter the buildings if they are indicated as being safe, I believe.

      I should know the name of the equipment, I used to work at a nuclear power plant.


    21. 11-12-2004 03:36 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by VdubChaos »

      Same link as I posted.....

      d'oh! my bad. selective reading.


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      11-12-2004 03:38 PM #22
      Awesome thread and pics Obin Pretty interesting stuff.

      Oliver, you worked in a nuclear power plant? you mean we actually have one in this country?


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      11-12-2004 03:38 PM #23
      Here is a link to answer all the Q, you have to wear a special suit to go any further....


    24. 11-12-2004 03:39 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by VdubChaos »
      Awesome...

      Here is a great link....very good read!!!
      http://=http://www.kiddofspeed.com/chapter1.html

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      11-12-2004 03:39 PM #25
      Thoes people and the cameraman do know that chernobyl is still radioactive...right? I mean the half life for some of the waste from the melt down is a few hundred years

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      11-12-2004 03:43 PM #26
      Quote, originally posted by LordJax »
      Thoes people and the cameraman do know that chernobyl is still radioactive...right? I mean the half life for some of the waste from the melt down is a few hundred years

      Its more like never. Many millions of people still live in areas where there is radioactivity. Most Ukrainian houses have the meters to measure it. Its fine...as long as it doesnt reach a certain levels...

      The biggest issue (probably in the world) right now are in the picture below...not exactly the ones (these are from Charnobyl) but many Russian ports have their old nuclear powered cargo ships and submarines rusting away. Even US is getting in on this to try to keep it safe....




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      11-12-2004 03:43 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by VWVancouver »
      Oliver, you worked in a nuclear power plant? you mean we actually have one in this country?

      Worked at the only one in Eastern Canada, the Point Lepreau Generating Station. Its about 90 minutes from Fredericton, on the Bay of Fundy.


    28. 11-12-2004 03:44 PM #28
      I always take time to look at those pics whenever someone brings them up.

      I just viewed them with a co-worker who's young enough not to remember the disaster, and did not know about it.

      His quote, "Makes you realize what you've got".

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      11-12-2004 03:47 PM #29
      Quote, originally posted by Charles R »
      I always take time to look at those pics whenever someone brings them up.

      I just viewed them with a co-worker who's young enough not to remember the disaster, and did not know about it.

      His quote, "Makes you realize what you've got".

      for sure

      I remember back in Europe when the winds took the radiation towards Europe...we had to drink this medicine.......yuck, the worst crap you will ever taste.


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      11-12-2004 03:53 PM #30
      Quote, originally posted by VdubChaos »

      for sure

      I remember back in Europe when the winds took the radiation towards Europe...we had to drink this medicine.......yuck, the worst crap you will ever taste.

      i can distinctly remember walking home from school in the rain. the weather report said that the rain was ever so slightly contaminated with radiation. this was in upstate NY... 3/4 of the way around the world from Chernobyl!

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      11-12-2004 03:54 PM #31
      I love that biker gal website, she's crazy though.

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      11-12-2004 03:54 PM #32
      Does anybody know what the little blue car on the right is? looks neat from the little tiny bit i can see of it.

      Quote, originally posted by Obin Robinson »


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      11-12-2004 04:00 PM #33
      Quote, originally posted by assideways »

      http://www.kiddofspeed.com/default.htm
      about 30 pages on chernobyl by some crazy biker chick. the most recent issue of INTERSECTION magazine did an article on her site, and also talked about the vehicle graveyard. def worth a read.

      Quote, originally posted by VdubChaos »

      Same link as I posted.....

      And a lot of it is total BS. She (& her b/f-husb) 'posed' several of her shots. (propping up dolls, toys,etc..) She posted shots that she didn't take as her own and she just did a standard tour w/ a group, not as the 'Lone Crusading Biker Chick as she would have everyone believe. She didn't get her bike anywhere near the plant.

      But, that said, those are some stunning photos.
      I really like this one...

      Only the Soviets could create something that looks like the mutant child of a bulldozer, tank, locomotive & antique truck as designed by Dr. Suess.


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      11-12-2004 04:21 PM #34
      Biker chick or not.....I can care less, she IS in those pics and she did write about it. I found it to be very well writen...and a very good link that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.


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      11-12-2004 04:43 PM #35
      Yeah her website was proven to be a hoax a while back when it was originally slashdotted.

      Either way the pics are powerfull


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