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PA: bunker for sale

Postby ReadyMom » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:21 pm

This came through my Facebook Newsfeed:

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Re: PA: bunker for sale

Postby recon » Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:02 pm

So did they just build this and then decide to sell it? :glare:


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Re: PA: bunker for sale

Postby burda1021 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:41 pm

Very curious. Why did at&t build a bunker.
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Re: PA: bunker for sale

Postby ReadyMom » Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:59 pm

Have no idea on either question. Just passing on the info. I read. -k
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Re: PA: bunker for sale

Postby xXx » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:45 pm

Thanks for posting RM.

It's my bunker. Seriously.

To answer some of the questions and to give a little history.

During the cold war, AT&T built what was known as the "Long Lines System". It was the communications system that would be used in the event of WWIII with the Soviets. It's a microwave based system. It does coast-to-coast communications.

There were locations that would be targets by the Soviets nukes. In key locations, they put in these bunkers as a redundant system to their normal facilities which were hardened but couldn't take a nuke as well.

This one is outside of Pittsburgh and because of the city's steel manufacturing, it would have been a primary target.

So, this one was built from 1969-71 and packed with communications gear and equipment to keep it running should WWIII occur.

When the cold war ended in 1991, these sites were no longer needed and decommissioned.

The picture in post 1 is of the lower blast door. There's another like it at the top of the stairwell and several more at the other entrances.

There's a lot more pics in the link in the first post.
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Re: PA: bunker for sale

Postby burda1021 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:45 pm

xXx wrote:Thanks for posting RM.

It's my bunker. Seriously.

To answer some of the questions and to give a little history.

During the cold war, AT&T built what was known as the "Long Lines System". It was the communications system that would be used in the event of WWIII with the Soviets. It's a microwave based system. It does coast-to-coast communications.

There were locations that would be targets by the Soviets nukes. In key locations, they put in these bunkers as a redundant system to their normal facilities which were hardened but couldn't take a nuke as well.

This one is outside of Pittsburgh and because of the city's steel manufacturing, it would have been a primary target.

So, this one was built from 1969-71 and packed with communications gear and equipment to keep it running should WWIII occur.

When the cold war ended in 1991, these sites were no longer needed and decommissioned.

The picture in post 1 is of the lower blast door. There's another like it at the top of the stairwell and several more at the other entrances.

There's a lot more pics in the link in the first post.

Thank you for the info, wish I had the money to buy it.
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Re: PA: bunker for sale

Postby Hillbillyman » Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:46 am

I don't want to sound like a know it all - but your analogy of what it was and what it was used for is all wrong.

ATT Long Lines was a system of both Fiber Optic and Micro Wave dish system where all of the telephone communications was relayed from one point to another via this system.

The reason for the bunker was to maintain this system in the event of a nuclear attack. The bunker was designed to survive a near miss - a bomb dropped from a range of about 5 miles or more.

The bunker could not take a direct hit.

http://www.drgibson.com/towers/

The power generated was needed to keep the phone system working.
In retrospect - Ma Bell was just a covert name for Uncle Sam.
Basically the citizens paid for the privilege of using the telephone, while the reason for the telephone lines was for government communications.

It looks to me as if this bunker was designed for more then just basic communications.. It appears to be designed as a place for many people.

Most of these shelters were only designed to be manned by about 3 - 5 people. They were several stories deep, they had kitchen and bathroom facilities and hardened concrete walls and a ventilation system designed to filter out anything in the air.

The neat thing about them was that they had to be about 23 miles or less apart - line of sight, and most of them were built in the highest locations that could be found. Although in places like OHIO - how high can you get when the highest elevation in the whole state is only a couple of hundred feet?

http://long-lines.net/places-routes/

https://www.google.com/search?q=ATT+Lon ... 12&bih=407
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Re: PA: bunker for sale

Postby Hillbillyman » Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:51 am

In the period between World War II and the divestiture of the Bell System, the tremendous growth of telephone traffic in the US, along with the need to distribute TV programming for the networks resulted in the construction of a nationwide grid of long distance telephone facilities. Three primary media were used for this: analog carrier on paired wires (cable and open wire); analog carrier on bundled coaxial cable; and analog carrier on microwave radio. This page describes the hardened L-carrier routes which were designed to skirt areas targeted by Soviet nuclear weapons. The switching and repeater stations along these routes were built underground and equipped with air filters, radiation protection, food and water to allow their crews to operate through and after an attack.

As of 1974, coaxial systems carried 30 percent of interstate traffic over more than 20,000 route miles of cable. Different carrier systems were used, but the latest, the L5 system could carry 108,000 simultaneous conversations. Of the balance of the interstate traffic, 69% was carried on microwave radio routes, and the remaining 1% on copper paired wire cable and open wire systems remaining in very remote rural areas. Since this time, almost all traffic has moved to digital systems on fiber optic cables.

Nuclear hardened coaxial cable routes were constructed in the 1960's and 1970's, with major routes linking the east and west coasts, along the eastern seaboard, and from the east to the Midwest.

http://www.coldwarcomms.org/l5/
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