An Underground XMAS

December 11th, 2007

So, much to contrary belief… NEUEU is not dead. As a matter of fact we just had a delightful XMAS party, well below street level in the New North End of Burlington, Vermont.

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Forum Update

April 18th, 2007

With the recent influx of spam users and posts we’ve decided to dissolve the forum at this time. In the future it may show up again, however we have no plans at this time.

For the time being we will rely on the comments system on this blog here to communicate with our many, many fans.

We have a ton of new content posted in the gallery, hunt around for it. ;) We also will have news regarding some of our new locations soon. (And you all thought we were dead.)



July 9th, 2006

We’re a bit lacking on content, so I’m going to review/tell a story about my new camera. That camera being a 1979 Pentax ME Super. It used to be my dads camera when he was about my age…

I really just wanted this camera to get to know the feel of an SLR before picking up a D70, but it didn’t quite work out that way. My whole life was about to change. It came in a big box. In that box was the ME Super body, a Star-D 80-205mm/4.5, an SMC Pentax 50mm/2, a roll of five year expired Kodak Gold 100 film, and an issue of Beauty/Decay, but that’s not important. The first thing I noticed when I picked up the body was how rugged it felt. I can’t bend or flex any part of this thing, and I’m pretty strong. The body, along with the lenses I got are all made of some kind of metal, probably adamantium. I’d never shot or even handled a film SLR before this.

The first thing I did was load the film. I messed up first try and lost a couple exposures, but got it in the end. To the waterfront! It’s a great place to just hang out and take shots. Then I pressed the shutter button. The diaphragm shrank, the mirror swung upward, and the when the shutter flicked open an image was exposed onto the long-ago-expired film. Let me tell you, that was a feeling. It’s fun just taking the pictures, even without seeing them immediately after.

So then on the way home I walked through the Church Street area. This was a good idea. People are attracted to old film cameras. On my way home I was asked by two different groups of strangers to take their pictures. Lots of girls smiled at me too, even more than normal. This happens often when I take my Pentax for walks. I get asked where the camera stores are, if I’m a photographer, and if I would like to take naked pictures of attractive girls.

I’ve shot five rolls of film so far. The expired roll, two of Kodak UC100, a roll of Plus-X, and a roll of Tri-X that I’ll be picking up shortly. I especially like the way the black and whites came out. Oh this is a UE website? Well let’s just say I’m no longer worried about breaking my camera at a site anymore. More like crackheads should be worried about my camera breaking their face. It’s that sturdy.


We’re Heeeeere!!

May 29th, 2006

After all this dead time, we’re invading the Northeast Kingdom.

Hello everybody, and sorry about the gap between updates. All of us at NEUEU have been busy with school, moving, and work for awhile so we’ve been only mildly active and mostly by ourselves or only a couple of us getting together.

Today, that mildly active status changed – drastically! A trip out to the far northeast corner of the state yielded me (Deer) and Z1 the following things:

- Lots of fresh air and exercise. We hiked uphill for two plus freakin’ hours!

- We sidestepped around a LOT of moose shit.

- There were really large abandoned things up there.

- The view and place at the end of the long haul was worth it.

- We at least got to see one of the moose responsible for our, quite literal, shitty walk up that goddamn mountain.

- There’s seventy-seven new pictures in the gallery to show for it, as well. Bonus!!

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So, check it out, it’s pretty damn cool. After the walk that was endured on the way up, all y’all out there BETTER be at least appreciating that we went as all out as we could to show you this place :-P


Geographic Stretch

May 11th, 2006

In the next few days, I (C1) will be in California. I’ll be there on a visit for roughly 10 days to two weeks. In that span of time I was planning on seeing a few UE sites near the bay area…

If there is anything you would like me to concentrate on, let me know via a comment to this entry. I can’t promise that I will make it to every site posted but I will make a best effort attempt to at least see a few.


Hump Day, Industrial Ruins, & Lost Tunnels?!

April 27th, 2006

I sure had a lot to be happy for this Hump Day, enough to start doing the pelvic thrust part of the Time Warp, too.

On the tip of a friend, I made a trip up to Saint Albans today to check out a place he suggested, that was an old ice packing facility. So I figured, what the hell, he’s good company, game to do it, and I have nothing better to do. Scrounged up a few bucks in bottles, turned in my pennies at Coinstar, and headed on up.

I did not leave disappointed.


Not going to win any accolades for a ‘greatest site EVAR’ or anything, but for Vermont, this is definitely very tangible and a very nice piece of our little talked about and ill fated industrial past.

While we’re on the topic of industrial past, this same friend happens to be a railroad enthusiast. Well…nut better describes it. He planted a bug in my ear, and it goes a little like this;

My friend: “You know, there’s a subway-like rail tunnel that goes right under Burlington.” Me: “HUH?!”

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Scarier than Spiders

April 26th, 2006

Earlier yesterday I went out scouting. I was on CENSORED street taking pictures of the abandoned TOO HOT FOR .ORG when I noticed a really cool looking drain off to the side. It was square, fun. I went back to my dorm and showed the other local NEUEU members the images and planned a trip later that night. It ended up being only T1 and I going, but I was really excited. We rode our bikes down there and locked them up.

The first thing we see inside is square RCP, kinda plain, but different. There was only a few inches of water, but it was moving fast. We proceeded on a bit to find the drain changed. It changed from boring RCP to freaking awesome stone and support beam things on the ceiling. There were also spiders in this part. Lots of big, shiny, scary spiders. I wanted to go on but T1 was a wimp and didn’t want to go past the spiders. If only we knew what we were getting into…

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Hardcore UE

April 18th, 2006

Thanks to the UE DB on we located a new potential entrance for the Moran Power Plant. This new way in was via the cooling water outfall in the back of the building. The outflow was underwater in a canal that lead to Lake Champlain. I wasn’t going to let a little 40.5 degree water stop me, so I grabbed my snorkeling gear and suited up for some serious UE. It was T1, C1, and I who went out last night. We ran into the same “fire guys” practicing by the stones near Moran. We’d seen them before and they’d seen us, so we just ignored them and went about our business. That business being me disrobing behind the plant and putting on my snorkeling gear. In the end we found exactly where the outfall was underwater, but it was sealed off by a metal door. We may or may not have been able to move this door, but by that time I was really, really cold. Even if we didn’t get in, I’ve been somewhere in Moran that no one has before.

Site Updates

April 13th, 2006

Number ONE

I’ve just upgraded the forum software to the latest version and have fixed the “Find All Posts By…” feature under everyone’s profiles.

I have also added more items to the avatar gallery if you cannot come up with one on your own.

So… Head on over to the forums and discuss amongst your selves!

Number TWO

We now have a CafePress store that sells a growing variety of items, so help support our site and buy something cool.


No Sleep

April 9th, 2006

We’re active like there’s no tomorrow. Just this week we hit the UVM steam tunnels, Northampton State Hospital, Hill & Dale Mall, and multiple locations in Claremont, NH. The tunnels under UVM were pretty cool. The ones we were in only connected a couple buildings and we popped out a locked door inside one of them. NSH was exciting but didn’t go very well. We’d heard about increased security but decided to check it out regardless. All three of the entrances we were planning on using failed. They had fixed all the holes in the fences and patched every opening in the building. While trying our last way in, we were surprised by an officer who kindly told us to leave. We did, BUT WE WEREN’T DONE YET.

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