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Author Topic: wartime Fuel Storage Depot at Wye in Kent  (Read 959 times)
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« on: July 09, 2013, 12:42:14 PM »

The depot was situated on about six acres of land adjacent to Wye railway station yard and about 4 miles north east of Ashford in Kent.  It was originally built as an Aviation Fuel (or Air Force) Distribution Depot in 1943 by Shell Mex & BP and operated by the British Pipelines Agengy up until its closure in 1979.  It was constructed with four 500 semiburied rectangular protected main storage tanks and four 30’ x 9’ tanks for storing up to 160 tons of lubricating oils.  The road gantry had four bays for loading and two for offloading.  The railway siding gantry had provision to load twelve wagons simultaneously with white products or to offload five wagons and load seven.  It was for a short period connected to the PLUTO pipeline supplying the PLUTO facilities at Dungeness.  The depot was sold by auction in 2001.

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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2013, 13:44:44 PM »

Now pretty much in the gardens of houses in Hollands Place

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013, 16:42:49 PM »

The 4 storage tanks that can be seen under the mounds were quite small being typically about 500 tons in capacity, rectangular in shape, 60 feet by 40 feet by 10 feet, and designated as a D1 type.  These were mainly used in the small Air Force Distribution Depots and other small civil distribution depots that often needed to be located in more vulnerable areas.  These D1 type tanks were designed by the Whessoe Foundry and Engineering Company Limited walls stiffened and buttressed inside, together with internal columns, supported a 12 inch reinforced concrete roof capable, in turn, of supporting 10 feet of back-fill above it.

The other smaller mound in the map contained the lube oil tanks.

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2017, 17:32:17 PM »

Aerial view shows the remains of the railway siding, but not much else!

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2017, 10:27:22 AM »

Bing Maps has a Birds Eye view of the area when the houses were being built. It shows partly cleared land with a slight overlap of a later view with a couple of houses. I don't know how often Bing updates their birds eye views.
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