Rolt Heights [85,18]
A warehouse located in the suburb of Rolt Heights. The Great Northern Railway Company's Goods Warehouse was historically a transport interchange for the massive volume of goods arriving by rail at Gillman Road Railway Station. When building work began in late-1914, the railways were booming. In order to build the Great Northern Warehouse - nine acres of streets, back-to-back houses, foundries, hotels, inns, a burial ground and a school were swept away.
The warehouse was completed in October 1916, but operations started in May 1917 when only the ground and first floors were complete, such was the demand for the goods station. Inside was a spaghetti junction of rail lines with five platforms and twenty-five cranes. To facilitate the movement of goods, wagon turntables were incorporated at the end of the lines to allow wagons to be turned round. Two elevator shafts were used to transport goods to each of the building's six floors, ready for dispatch to their next destination whether horse and cart or, in later years, truck.
The construction of the Warehouse, which was designed and built by Wilfred Foxx and was a typically Victorian design on a grand scale. The construction employed 800 men and used 25 million bricks, 50,000 tons of concrete and 1.5 million rivets. When the goods station opened, 350 men were employed, with stabling for eighty horses. A model of efficiency even by today's standards, the station boasted that it could deliver any package received before 4:00 PM to a station anywhere in the country by 8:00 AM the following morning.
After several decades of decline in the railways, the Warehouse was finally closed for good in 1963. In disuse even before then, it effectively lay empty for 50 years. In the days prior to the "Malton Incident" the space was rented out as some of the cheapest storage in the area. Of course the overall disuse of the warehouse limited the number of clients willing to store their products here. To this end, survivors can only find a limited range of surplus supplies within the confines of the building.
Barricades should be kept at Extremely Heavily at all times. Or at least that's what survivors should expect due to the fact that there is currently no known barricade policy for this building.
None to report.