Pig's Bay is a coastal area in East Shoebury, a small beachland area
in Shoeburyness. The main entrance to the site is at Blackgate Road,
Shoeburyness. This is also the gateway to the island of Foulness, the
fourth largest island off the coast of England.
The bay is the site of MoD Shoeburyness, a military installation
established in 1849 and which is still used as a firing range.
One of the other uses of the site is the storage and scrapping of old
railway vehicles. It has its own private railway network, stretching
for around six miles, linked to one of the sidings at Network Rail's
Shoeburyness c2c electrical multiple unit depot by means of two
unmanned level crossings across
Shoeburyness High Street and Blackgate
Road, respectively. The site has also featured in a few episodes of
Channel 4 series Scrapheap Challenge. The front locomotive of
the passenger train involved in the 1997
Southall rail crash
Southall rail crash - when an
inter-city train collided with a freight train, killing 7 people - was
scrapped here, being cut up by
Serco three years after the incident
once the inquiry had been completed.
^ "MOD Shoeburyness". Qinetiq. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
Scrapheap Challenge at TV.com
^ "QXA DB 977144 - MTA Brake Force Runner". Departmentals.com.
Retrieved 12 March 2016.
Coordinates: 51°32′21″N 0°48′38″E / 51.53921°N
0.81047°E / 51.53921; 0.81047
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