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  1. I have been itching to share this place with everyone, so much that I have been trying my hardest to not rush through the rest of the places just to get to it sooner! I rarely fall in love with places, but this place totally captured my heart. I thought I wouldn't see somewhere I liked more than the American asylum I did until I walked into here. I'd even go so far as to say I liked it in here more than Lumiere and Great Tew - at least partly because this place has rarely been explored at all and it gives me a thrill seeing somewhere not well-travelled like those aforementioned locations. The original house was constructed in the early 1800s overlooking a 10,000 acre plantation, but was almost totally destroyed in a fire in the late 1800s. The only part that survived, the kitchen wing, was incorporated into the new house built in 1902. The building was abandoned in 1989 and bought by a computer software developer, who later sold it to another party and it still remains empty. It sits atop a hill and where once there was an unbroken vista across the land now sits a new development of 300 large, new, crass, soulless mansions of the kind only Americans can build and live in. The kind lived in by people who probably sneer and turn their noses up at 'that old derelict house', also the kind of people who more than likely would call the police at the drop of a hat if they saw anyone snooping around, which made the - literal - run up the steep curving driveway that bit more intense but all the more rewarding when we found ourselves in the stunning entrance lobby. I hope you enjoy the photos of this place as much as I enjoyed exploring it. I did take quite a lot of photos of the stairs and for that I have no apologies. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157651542541436/
  2. Not far from the fabulous little power plant and overlooking the same river sits a rather large imposing hotel. My mate had spotted this from the air whilst scoping out the power plant on Google maps and thought it looked abandoned so did some more digging and found out it was 'closed indefinitely' which we took as a good sign. After a cold, snowy squeeze we were into the site and it became immediately apparent the probable reason it closed - one whole side of the building has subsided incredibly badly, so much so a section of exterior wall is missing on one end. Alarming enough from the outside, the inside is where it was a little interesting to say the least. The floor in the corridor running along that end veers off to a very noticeable slope on one side along the whole length, and the rest of the floors at that end are all over the place. Really not good, which is a shame because the views from this place are absolutely stunning and it must have been an awesome place to stay when it was open. We were in and out with no trouble apart from my mate putting his leg through a floor and the crawl out of the snow-covered access point a few feet from the edge of a ravine down into the river which was a little cheek-clenching to say the least. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157651179283559/
  3. Sometimes the best things do come in small packages, such is the case here... Nestled on the banks of a river deep in rural 'old town America' in a historic town straight out of the early 1800s sits a proper little gem. This small power plant was constructed in 1899 originally as part of an adjacent wood pulping mill but then as a standalone power generating station after the wood mill caught fire in 1925. From reading the notes about the place it houses a complete, intact circa-1905 water turbine which looks more like a UFO from a 1950s sci-fi comic and a water turbine governor from 1925. It produced electricity until the plant was shutdown in 1991 and it has been left to itself, quietly rusting away on the bank of the river. Visited during a snowstorm, the final middle finger of winter after a few lovely spring-like days this is the best one room explore I've ever done. It was so nice to see something so old almost totally unmolested, apart from a small fire in an office to the rear. I only crack out my 30mm on special occasions and this was a place that warranted it's attention. Whilst in one of the tank-like spaces underneath the plant trying to get a half decent photo of the above equipment a work truck rolled past on the road adjacent to the plant between us and the railway tracks, we took that as our cue to leave as we didn't want any hassle, so we left in search of lunch. More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649267926013/
  4. About 6 years ago myself and Frosty had a go at getting up this. We failed at the time, neither one of us was confident enough to try climbing over the gate half way up. Fast forward 6 years, I thought I'd have another crack at this while killing some time in Canterbury, then I revisited it again a I had camera issues the first time. This gas holder is different from most because it was enclosed and as a bonus you can get inside it at the moment as they've cut a whacking great hole in the side. I say was because the actual gas holder that would have been inside the massive structure is gone, they've removed it and the rest of the structure's days are numbered. Want to go and get the best view of Canterbury you'll ever see, go soon, like real soon. Also the acoustics in there are fantastic, I was like a kid in a toy shop making all kinds of noises just to hear the booming echo that just carried on and on and on. . . . Visited this twice, first time with extreme_ironing and the second time with a non-member, we'll call him 'A' Not many photos, there's only so many you can take of a gas holder! There it is! (They are stars, not dead pixels on my camera I promise) Best view of the Cathedral I think you'll ever see. Starry Starry night . . . . Compulsory selfie. Inside where they've stripped out the actual working parts Just because. Thanks for looking, Maniac.
  5. I finally cracked it. Since the beginning of last year, when I first began seriously looking into and researching abandonments in the United States, I was in awe at the sheer number of derelict hospitals and asylums that littered the country. Think back to our own 'age of asylums' that lasted from roughly 2005 through to 2010, times it by maybe ten, and you're getting there. Of course the only problem is over there the country is absolutely massive so they are all spread out all over the place. I knew that I must see one, I didn't mind which, but I would bite peoples hands off to be given a chance to do an asylum in America. It just so happens myself and my companions chose one of the biggest. This asylum (which I have given a pseudonym) sits on a parcel of land 600 acres in size - that is twice the size of the entire plot of land Severalls sits on. Construction began in 1927 and it catered, at it's peak in 1959, for 9000 patients - four and a half times the 2000 that Severalls treated in it's heyday. The enormous campus is a mix of standalone buildings, sprawling quads containing 12 wards each - 4 on each floor - and dozens of other associated buildings, with the majority of buildings being 3 or 4 storeys tall. The hospital began to wind down operations during the 1970s, and now the few still active buildings offer mainly outpatient mental health services. However, these places are not plain sailing. Because you can - literally - drive around them, this also means the on-site police/security (yes), and the 'real' police have a habit of driving around too. When we were there driving through the main part of the site, it became a constant game of cat and mouse trying to avoid the suspicions of the campus police who were driving up and down the roads almost constantly. According to my mates who had been before, if you are seen by them with so much as a backpack on your back out in the open, you get escorted out immediately. So we left and re-organised ourselves before heading in to the two massive buildings at the north-eastern corner of the site, as far from the eyes of the police as possible. I'll let the photos do the talking as to what I found. No externals because of the aforementioned issues, but to be honest, they are drab, grey and uninspiring buildings. On to the second building, and things were about to get quite special. Considering going in I had no idea what to expect. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649243716994/
  6. After trying this place a while back and sacking it off as it was a dodgy access, a short while later I saw some pictures of the place and was amazed as to how big it was, fast forward a couple months and on a sunny week day me and Fat Panda headed over and after some head scratching and some climbing we made our way in and the place is huge! Not many pics but threw a short video together Choose either link for the video http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/8584-Walk-around-Mount-St-Mary-s?p=70056#post70056 Thanks for looking
  7. NORTH WALES HOSPITAL, DENBIGH - MARCH 2015 History Designed by architect Thomas Full James to originally accommodate between 60 and 200 patients, the hospital originally had its own farm and gasworks. Planned for closure by Enoch Powell during the 1960s, it was closed in sections from 1991 to 2002. On 22 November 2008, during work to renovate the building site and convert it to apartments and residential properties, the building caught fire; it was later confirmed that the main hall of the hospital was destroyed. Arson was suspected. Currently on the buildings at risk register, planning permission has currently lapsed. In 2011 the building was at risk of collapsing and no action was taken by the owners after an urgent works notice was issued, Denbighshire Council had no choice but to carry out repairs on the building which has reached £930,000 In 2013, Denbighshire Council voted to press ahead with a compulsory purchase order on the building; the council, however, wish to reach an agreement with the owners before taking legal action. An estimated cost of repairing the building is £1 million. The explore Our main attraction of the day proved frustratingly fruitless, but at least we were rewarded with two valuable derping lessons: a) A fully grown man IS capable of fitting through a window opening much SMALLER than he is. Leaving a BBC World News recording on a repeated loop at ear bleeding volume whilst it is being suggested that a flickering TV is on in the next room will do nothing to discourage the more inquisitive. Lazy secca indeed, but it did have us fooled for all of erm, ten minutes . So.. after a castle stop to admire the views of Conwy and a quick look at Stanley Hospital complete with two badly placed workmen, it was off to that old well trodden Denbigh ground. No Elwyn to be found - perhaps he is into his sheep again . Explored in the fine company of Hamtagger. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Stairway to Heaven, or perhaps not, with the anti suicide guard. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Jimmy Saville seems to be popular in the morgue. 19. 20. 20 and 21 are my personal favorites of the day. 21. Looking towards the nurses home, which (again) is still needed for a wee mooch around. I hope you have enjoyed .
  8. All credit for finding this goes to my friend I made shortly before my trip out, we decided to meet up and explore together and at some point along the way he mentioned he had spotted an until this point unexplored mansion whilst heading to a pet store (or something like that). So with the skies grey and the afternoon ending we headed off to have a look and see what we could find. Sure enough, there was the mansion alright - and with no idea of what level of security it had, whether we would be spotted by the neighbours due to it being in quite a residential area full of similarly large houses with owners probably no stranger to calling the police over suspicious activity (this area being a stones throw away from a real bad area of town) it was sure to be an interesting one as neither of us had any idea what to expect when we got in. It turned out to be way better than either of us expected with an extremely cool assymetrical staircase going up the three floors to the attic. It had a very odd feel because walking into the ground floor there was the distinct smell of fresh paint but in other areas the 'new' paint had peeled and cracked, and brand new plasterboard had fallen from the ceiling where water had gotten in. And the attic was covered in crappy tags. At an educated guess, the house had begun to be done up before the winter set in, they had repainted and re-plasterboarded up to the attic but then winter came and screwed everything up. So will it remain empty once the spring sets in? I don't know. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157651102524727/
  9. Carrying on my adventures from my first weekend over the ocean, the snow unfortunately made some spots more risky than was normal to go in (the fear of leaving footprints for cops to follow ever present) so me and my Stateside companions fell back on a couple of less risky places to finish the weekend off. Alongside the Central Terminal and Silo City, Buffalo Malting Corp. is one of the most instantly recognisable abandonments in the city of Buffalo, visible from one of the main arterial routes through Buffalo up to Niagara Falls it is very hard to miss even for those not interested in derelict spots. It won't win awards for being the best place ever but it had some nice decay and some really great views of the city from the roof, which must be even better at night. Built in 1925 with one silo for Kreiner Malting Inc, it was extended in 1936 with a second silo bringing it to a capacity of 180,000 bushels. It was purchased in 1975 by Buffalo Malting Corp. who closed the facility in 1986, and it has sat empty ever since under ownership of the state. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157651146570968/
  10. There are a lot of churches in America. In a country rapidly losing it's faith at speeds faster than ever this means there are also a lot of abandoned churches. There are at least six in this one city alone, two of which I did last year and I kicked off my 'proper' explores on this trip by tackling two others. First was a small Baptist Church, the church itself was on the upper floor above a large open meeting/recital room with small stage. Under the large piece of wood covering the Baptism pool was a hobo nest made up of seat cushions and numerous blankets my mate had given the poor sod who had chosen this windowless, freezing cold church as a home at an earlier date. A nice small starter explore to ease me back into life over on the other side of the pond. A few more from here, here Moving on...to the most amazing derelict church I have ever explored. Much larger this time,although sadly it's not all great news as one of the owners of this place after closure decided it would be a great idea to create a smaller church inside the main space of the older one - and if rumours are to be believed he did this by pinching all the materials from dumpsters and rubbish tips before abandoning the project and disappearing. So the aspects of half of the space are totally destroyed by a hideous wooden construction, but the rest of the place is sublime with a huge mural of Jesus dominating the wall behind where the altar would have been. The floor in here is one of the scariest I've ever walked on, you will see why in the photos... More from here, here Thanks for looking!
  11. It doesnt get any sadder than this im afraid. More here. http://www.theage.com.au/queensland/i-did-not-want-to-drown-and-die-in-a-storm-drain-urban-explorers-prophetic-words-20150323-1m5tn5.html RIP
  12. Well I thought id best share guys. If you are easily offended I apologise and you should move swiftly on as that is not my intention. I feel I have the duty to share my experiences in the form of imagery and this is my disclaimer. As in keeping with the recent facebook posts I thought id share my shit in a jar. Just saying I was shocked and horrified when I noticed the sell by date on my pigs feet was June 1999 and pickled eggs 2001 Thanks for looking and hope you enjoyed. Posted Cos Im a twat lol
  13. Disused rather than abandoned, this hotel has been empty for around 40 years in parts and 20 years in others. Located in the snowy German mountains much of it's custom came from skiers but eventually it stopped making enough money to continue a viable business. Rather than sell for a pittance the owners decided to keep the hotel and pimp it out as a film location from time to time. It's clearly been maintained enough to avoid heavy decay creeping in but there is a constant buzzing of flies in most rooms and ancient cobwebs on the windows. It's a proper time capsule that hasn't been touched for years in places. Spent hours in here with extreme_ironing and monkey, we didn't end up wearing dresses honest.... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. & 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. Now quit looking at me before I stick ma foot in yo ass....
  14. So after a lot of umming and arring about where to go, SouthSide and I decided to head deep into Mid Wales and see if this was still doable. It was very well documented over the last three or four years, things had been unfortunately pillaged and its looking worse for wear, but saying that it was worth an hour or so explore, lots of nice picture opportunities and a lot of clearly set up shots. We were a little disappointed at first but it proved to be quite photogenic on the lower floors. This building had quite an unwelcoming feel which eventually went and we felt at home. Not something I've felt that often tbh. The place goes under various guises, Red Dress Manor, Calcott Hall etc. The Red Dress has sadly gone missing from the house nestled in the Welsh Valleys. The four bedroomed hall was built in 1725 and it is well documented that the original previous dweller died in the 1970s and the house has been empty since, however there is Bills from 1998 on the kitchen table, expiry dates from 2002 in the Halls Pantry, and the vehicles parked on the land were taxed up until 2007. It would be nice to think it had been left as it was when she died in 1972, but the amount of decay here does not add up with such a long abandonment time. The building was placed on the Listed Buildings at Risk register in 2012. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 Thanks for Looking More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650982479107/
  15. This was a coal mine dating back to 1902, the last mining shaft was filled in by 1999, and the colliery closed in 2008. Rumour has it demolition is scheduled for May, but there is info online suggesting it be retained as an industrial monument so I'm not entirely sure. I saw this pop up a while ago, roll on a few months and a trip to Germany was in full swing with two funny fuckers; extreme_ironing and monkey. Massive thank you to those guys for some great laughs and Miaro for his help with this place, it's a proper gem. We heard security had been stepped up recently and police involvement would be a given so we were very cautious on our approach. We spotted security hanging around the suggested access point so we improvised and ended up using the conveyor belts to navigate from building to building. The site is colossal, my favourite bit was the tracks but the rest of it was pretty epic too, especially the little turbine hall hiding at the top of a 15 storey tower. Holidays with mates exploring epic shit, what's not to like? Roll on more trips like this motherfuckers! 1. A maze of conveyor belts 2. 3. 4. Parts under collapse 5. 6. Monkey doing his balancing act 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Mining cart 17. 18. 19. Tracks 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. After climbing the tower we reached this 26. 27. 28. Thanks for looking
  16. This was a great location, massive thanks to Andy & Miaro for taking us there. It's a huge complex with an above ground section and a separate underground area. It was originally a mine but during WW2 it was used for weapons production and storage. It's big enough to get lost inside but you can find your way out easy enough, there's a lot to see like rusty old cars, old paintings on the wall, and bullet holes being the most interesting bits. Hope you enjoy the pics: 1. The top section 2. 3. 4. A couple of old looking paintings 5. 6. No idea what these were for, maybe somebody was planting stuff in there at some point 7. Some rusty cars 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. What I do best, looking camp in selfies.... 13. This confirmed the worst of my fears, I'm going fucking bald...... 14. The underground section 15. Much brickwork in parts 16. and flooded in others.... 17. 18. We found a few rooms in this section, mainly empty except for some bits of furniture 19. 20. A door covered in bullet holes.... 21. Thanks for looking
  17. Headed over to Huddersfield for a afternoon in some mills with Fat Panda yesterday, the amount of derelict mills and factories in the area is amazing! Here's a few pics from the first place didn't come out too well but thought I would post em anyway Here's one from another mill close by Cheers for looking
  18. PIG RESEARCH CENTRE, STOTFOLD *** WARNING *** THE AUTHOR WILL TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INEVITABLE PIG RELATED REFERENCES IN THIS REPORT. THESE REFERENCES MAY PASS AS 'HUMOUR' OR MAY CAUSE OFFENCE DUE TO THEIR CRINGE WORTHY NATURE AND INSENSITIVE INCLUSION History The UK pig industries Development Unit, just outside Stotfold in Bedfordshire was opened by Lord Belstead, Minister of State (Lords), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods in November 1984. Over the years it underwent many changes but was always at the forefront of research firmly aimed at delivery of practical opportunities, work which could be quickly disseminated and implemented on working pig farms. At its peak the unit employed 10 staff and had 300 sows. However major changes in the industry and a fundamental shift in the strategy of the British Pig Executive (BPEX) meant it was no longer needed and over the last six months of its life was gradually wound down The final piece of research work was completed in May 2007, and the site closed sometime in July 2007 A BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development said at the time: "Stotfold has been a huge asset to the industry over the years and we are sad to see it go. "BPEX carried out a major review of its research and development and unfortunately Stotfold didn't fit into the new perspective." The explore I have been putting this off for ages and ages, despite living in snorting distance. I guess it never looked very inspiring and reports just showed a right pig's ear of place. Seeing a friend in nearby Ayrsley (i thought about asking if she would like to join me for a swell time, but tactfully this did not happen) meant there was no excuse, so off i trotted: 1. This was the best part of the joint (sorry..). 2. I like this shot, this brought back the bacon for me. 3. This photo was a bit sloppy though. 4. Outside accommodation for the less privileged swines. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. The remains of piggy abattoir, clearly this has been smoked. Ok, this mooch will not tickle every ones ribs, but i actually quiet liked it here and despite the main buildings in hock (i really mean lock) down, not a bad wee gander at something a little different. So, of i chopped (last one i promise), to have a mooch around the nearby Fairfield Hospital (now named Fairfield Park): 13. Fairfield Hospital had the longest corridor at half a mile long in the country. It also had a very long driveway from Arlesey village and the then railway station which was closed and reopened further towards Biggleswade in the 1990's. 14. A lovely old weighbridge situated half way along the driveway. That's about it for anything remotely abandoned here; there is a chapel that looks empty, but is sealed tight and situated right in the middle of busy suburbia. 15. Opened in 1860 and closed in 1999, Fairfield Hospital (later named The Three Counties Hospital) replaced Bedford Asylum to cater for more accommodation. 16. All the buildings are now converted for middle managers and the like, but back in the day all this greeted you. A full compliment of security on a pole at every turn. How i wish i had tried harder! 17. Certainly impressive buildings and pleasing to see so much has been retained. 18. Into the airing court. Many thanks for looking and thank god those pig jokes have finally bitten the dust (or the leftovers) .
  19. Thought I'd mention it in case anyone wasn't aware, bonus points for any creepy window shots at an abandoned asylum during a partial eclipse surely? 07:41 - 11:50 UTC/GMT, 40-90% blocked from most of UK, 90%+ way oop north. More info here.
  20. After sneaking in and reaching the top floor of the Opal Tower to find a locked hatch we headed over the road to the British gas building in leeds, after not having the luxury of a lift unlike the opal tower 14 floor's later we was greeted by a amazing view overlooking the city. The building itself has seen alot better days and is usually home to crackheads and arsonists. Thanks for looking
  21. The Devon and Somerset Railway tunnels The Devon and Somerset a Railway (D&SR) was a cross country line that connected Barnstaple in Devon, to the network of the Bristol and Exeter Railway (B&ER) at Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton. It was opened in stages between 1871 and 1873. The line length was 43 miles and incorporated 2 viaducts at Waterrow and Castle Hill and 4 tunnels. Running through a rural area, it never achieved great importance, although it carried through services to the seaside resort of Ilfracombe for a period. The line closed in 1966. Travelling in a westerly direction from Norton Fitzwarren, the first tunnel is Bathealton Tunnel (440 yards), positioned between the stations of Wiveliscombe and Venn Cross. The eastern portal The stonework had been lined with a concrete plaster at some point. Most of this lining has now failed due to the damp conditions. About halfway in and again towards the western portal, are sections that have been reinforced with concrete, leaving egg shaped galvanised tin passages. These would seem to coincide with minor road crossing above. Western portal The next tunnel, Venn Cross (246 yards) is about the mile up the line. The western portal would see you enter Venn Cross station. The stonework in here is fairly good and it's reasonably dry underfoot. Eastern portal The next tunnel on the line is Nightcote Tunnel, but at only 44 yards long, it's more of a long bridge, so I've not included it. Castle Hill tunnel (317yards) is found between the stations of South Molton and Filleigh. It's now in the grounds of a private country estate. This wasn't all bad news, as once I'd found the portal, I was delighted to find a lack of testicle piercing pallaside gates!! South portal Nice stonework, does get quite wet though. Shape changes near the North portal North portal Really enjoyed checking these out. You can bet your life that blood, sweat and tears, literally, went into the construction. Props to the guys that blasted and dug them out. Hope you enjoyed this little report. Thanks for looking.
  22. Cwm Coke Cokeworks, Beddlau, South Wales – March 2015 Wow, this is one I have wanted to do for years and finally I got to see it. Me and Southside Assassin loaded up the car and headed off for a mixed weekend away in Wales. After taking a wrong turn and ending 20 miles too far from the location, we headed in the RIGHT direction and arrived on site mid morning. The site is huge and we also met up with Hamtagger and Geoff later on. Got some amazing photos and videos here and thought we would try our luck on the elevators. I would try this on a more still day and obviously tread carefully as you ascend, looking at any movements. They seemed pretty solid on our visit. The trip was sadly cut short when one of our groups was spotted while snapping an external, meaning we covered the whole site but not the main room that we had saved till last  A brief paragraph about Coke from wiki: History Borrowed and Adjusted from H1971’s 2013 report on 28 days Dating back as far as 1909; when the Great Western Colliery Co. began sinking pits to provide steam coals for the Great Western Railway. By 1914 coal was being produced on the Colliery, all of which came from two shafts named Magaret and Mildred, which were over 750 yards deep. In 1928 Powell Duffryn Associated Colleries ltd took over the colliery which employed approximately 1000 men and continued production under this name until 1947; at which point, The National Coal Board was established to run the nationalised coal mining industry in Britain. Between the years 1952 and 1960 the colliery underwent an extensive £9 million reconstruction scheme which included linking CWM to Coedely Tonyrefail. By the 1970s around 1,500 men were producing 515,000 tons of coke on a yearly basis at CWM until the privatisation of the National Coal Board in 1986. The Colliery ceased production in 1986 although there were an estimated 80 million tonnes of coal seams and reserves still there which were never mined. CWM Coke was designed to centralise and maintain the production of South Wales foundry coke. The coal mined at CWM was suitable for foundry coke given its low sulphur content The coke works continued to run after the colliery’s 1986 closure and ceased production in June of 2002. The MASSIVE site has sat rotting ever since. In true Landie Style I have SMASHED the 10 photo thing, I usually allow myself to creep up to 13 or so, but this site took my breath away. The decay just makes it, its amazing here. And hey we all have fast connections these days right? #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 #21 #-VIDEO- Climbing the Elevators https://youtu.be/wJT2haGI0_U Thanks again guys :-) More (If you want!!) At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157651326002345/
  23. Germany Zeche WH - March 2015

    Visited with The_Raw and Monkey, cheers Miaro and Andy for the location info. huge site, we were there for quite a few hours and didn't explore half the buildings due to time constraints, a coal mine dating back to 1902, we managed to get into the coking and refinery works. Security is stepped up quite a bit recently apparently and we saw and heard a fair few people on site. The last mining shaft was filled in by 1999, the colliery and with works were closed in 2008. Was told the site is due for demo very soon but other info I've found online talk about it being retained as a industrial monument. There were a set of circular tracks on one level with a ton of control panels to go with it, and a set of turbines up top of the tallest building on site, we really didn't expect to find it there after climbing all the way up through countless dark empty rooms. The tracks. Control panel in the turbine room. With a very comfy reclining chair. Conveyor belts, we used these to move between buildings with some ease. A lot more to see here potentially.
  24. This bunker was built in 1934. It consists of three combat blocks, each linked by an underground gallery system containing barracks spaces, ammunition storage and utility services. The galleries are excavated at an average depth of up to 30 metres (98 ft). In 1940 it was attacked by German forces during the Battle of France and was forced to surrender after a heavy artillery bombardment. It was re-equipped after the war, but was abandoned in the 1970s. I visited with Extreme_ironing, Monkey, Miaro, Andy & Cristina. We tried a couple of others in the area first, one was sealed, the other was no deeper than ground level and empty. As soon as we got inside this one and saw there was a lift going down we were immediately excited. It turned out to be huge underneath with little bits of everything left behind and very little vandalism, an amazing example of it's kind and an absolute pleasure to explore. I have to say a massive thank you to our German friends for making this happen, it was just one part of a fantastic trip over there! One room had several of these old pin ups on the walls The tunnels either side led to the other blocks with their own fort at the top of some stairs Two of the gun emplacements Thanks for looking
  25. Thanks a lot to Andy W for having us at his place over the weekend and to him and Miaro for showing us around. I've always wanted to check this place out and managed to find the location out awhile back, got to visit it as part of a little road trip with The_Raw and Monkey, along with our hosts Andy Winkler and Miaro Digital + friend. (is she on here?). The powerplant sits in an industrial site of sorts in a picturesque German valley, there's an old abandoned paper mill next door which I used to believe was the power station's reason for being, but now I'm assuming this was a stand alone power generation facility. Machinery was dating back to the 30's in places, and it's possibly older than that. There were two turbine halls with very distinct equipment located within each, along with a separate boiler house which I didn't photograph extensively but was quite fun to clamber around, the stairs in that building are probably going to collapse under someone soon.. The paper mill next door I didn't get a single picture of because we were mucking about trying to sneak into the live building next door, ended up exploring some completely unrelated tunnels round the corner. It's mostly cleared out, but if we hadn't been spoiled with so much industrial loveliness in the power plant it would probably have been more interesting. It has been covered elsewhere though. My pics are below, you can click on them for full res. The namesake control panel. This room was located just off from the older of the two turbine halls, full of old admin documents mostly, the roof is collapsed above here. The older of the two turbine halls. And the relatively newer one. A small laboratory. Industrial �$%& The chimney had been sawed off after only so high a climb unfortunately. The_Raw doing his selfie thing... it's not easy to show how precarious this was, we're several stories up and the platform he's on is only held in place by a loose firehose. ;/ I've not done it justice really.. well worth checking out if you're fond of old industry, loved exploring the place. Cheers for looking and thanks again Andy and Miaro.