Monthly Archives: July 2013

Amarillo And A Random Nuke Train

During my New Mexico Cold War Extravaganza last year I took a quick trip into Texas to stop by the long closed Amarillo Air Force Base. The base was closed in the late 60’s and over the years a lot of it has been torn down. But there were remnants of the place left when I swung through.

One curious find were a set of train cars from the Pantex plant down the road. Pantex is where decommissioned nuclear weapons are disassembled and reprocessed into fuel for nuclear reactors. The train cars were used to move the weapons around the facility.

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An Island Named After A Horse

Just north of San Francisco is the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Closed in 1996, it was the first Navy base on the Pacific Ocean when it opened in 1854. One of the bases Cold War contributions was as a builder of submarines.

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A Sacramento Excursion

The former Mather Air Force Base outside of Sacramento, California was closed in the huge BRAC round of closures following the end of the Cold War. A lot of the base has been converted into an industrial/ business park but there were some parts of the old base still around.

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