Zenfolio | Dudley's Photos | 16mm RAF Fauld wagons
Created 6-Apr-14
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Two RAF/MoD Fauld wagons built from 3D printed models by PVMR. Binnie Engineering axleboxes and steel wheels from Roy Wood. The prototypes of these wagons were used to move munitions around large sites such as RAF Fauld, on the often extensive internal railway systems.

The RAF Fauld explosion was a military accident which occurred at 11:11am on Monday, 27 November 1944 at the RAF Fauld underground munitions storage depot. The RAF Fauld explosion was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history and the largest to occur on UK soil.

Between 3,500 and 4,000 tonnes of ordnance exploded — mostly comprising high explosive (HE)-filled bombs, but including a variety of other types of weapons and including 500 million rounds of rifle ammunition. The resulting crater was 400 feet (120 m) deep and ¾ mile across (1,200 m) and is still clearly visible just south of the village of Fauld, to the east of Hanbury in Staffordshire, England. It is now known as the Hanbury Crater. A nearby reservoir containing 450,000 cubic metres of water was obliterated in the incident, along with a number of buildings including a complete farm. Flooding caused by destruction of the reservoir added to the damage directly caused by the explosion. The exact death toll is uncertain; it appears that about 70 people died in the explosion. (Source: Wikipedia)

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