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CFS Ramore
Pinetree Line Station C-10

The Cold War. A time that led many to fear the threat of nuclear annihilation, and the defenses that were built to prevent such a fate. The Pinetree Line of radar stations, built by the United States Air Force (USAF) and operated as part of NORAD, served as one of the defenses by providing advanced warning of incoming Russian bombers. While the Pinetree Line was obsolete as soon as further radar lines were built, the site remained in operation as part of the North American Cold War defense measures.

Location attributes for CFS Ramore
Location   Ramore, Ontario
Built :: Closed   1953 :: 1974
Status   Abandoned
Difficulty   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Hazards Risk   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Security Risk   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
AUE Rating   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

The base itself is comprised of two distinct parts; the main base located near Talbock Lake, and the radar operations facility housed on top of Lava Mountain, approximately 2km to the east. The entirety of the facility started it's short life as USAF Ramore, being fully staffed by USAF personnel; namely, the USAF Air Defense Command 912th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. The site was home to three radar devices; two search radars (one being a backup) and a height finding radar. Of these, only the base of the height finder remains; the two search radar bases have been demolished and only the foundations remain.

In 1962, the Royal Canadian Air Force assumed operation of the station and staffed it with the Number 35 Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron, as part of the fallout from the cancellation of the Avro Arrow by the Americans. The station was also renamed RCAF Ramore, and again changed to CFS Ramore in 1967 when all the branches of the Canadian military were united under the banner of Canadian Forces. Sometime after Canada assumed control, a new mast was installed, comprised of tubular steel, which stands to this day. No information can be found on what the mast was equipped with, unfortunately.

The last 42 years have not been kind to the ruins of the base. While it has seen sporadic use during that time, for the most part it has been left to nature, and it shows. Most of the buildings in across both parts of the base been completely leveled, with only the foundations remaining. Numerous other buildings are in the process of collapsing. Only the base of a radar installation and the ruins of the powerhouse stand strong.

The building which houses the new radar mast existed originally with the base, but for purposes unknown... and that wasn't the only mystery it posed. In quite a few spots there were openings to a lower level, which was completely full of murky water (most likely rainwater, given the lack of a roof on most of the structure), preventing any glimpses to the secrets that it was hiding. Next time, a portable generator and pump system may be in order.

All said, the base gave a very strong vibe of the game Fallout... which is fitting, I suppose, given that Fallout is about survival in the ruins of civilization after Nuclear Armageddon. I suppose this is as close as I would want to get to such a situation.

 
 
Duck and Cover - September 2016
   
 
 
 
 
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