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Czech Republic Gießerei (Feb 2022)

Tomvandutch

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The original hut was founded in 1346.
In 1586 the hut was then sold. In 1595, the owner family hired a French metallurgical specialist who built the country's first blast furnace here.
In 1860 the owner changed again and the blast furnaces were switched from coal to coke.

In 1880 a bank bought the hut and extensive modernization took place.
The plant was electrified, a 15-ton Siemens-Martin furnace was built, the Thomas steelworks and 2 other blast furnaces were built. At the beginning of the 20th century, the thin sheet metal works was completed and the production of transformer and dynamo sheets began.

In 1909 there was another change of ownership. This company already operated another smelter and coal mines and limestone quarries nearby. A cable car was then built to transport the iron ore out of the mines.
After the Second World War, the company was nationalized and gradually a foundry for centrifugally cast pipes, a fittings foundry, the production of continuous cast sections and a cold strip steel mill which was renewed in 1985 emerged.
The manufacture of pig iron and hot rolled sheet ceased in the 1980's and the manufacture of tubes was greatly reduced before finally ending in 1994.
The blast furnace was tapped for the last time in March 1987.

From 1989 to 1994, the state-owned company was transformed into several joint stock companies that still exist today and continue to use part of the site.

However, some of the facilities are unused today.
It's like going back in time.
There is only decay here and no vandalism.

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bob

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nice place and shots, overcooked processing afaik, that's too much for me ^^
 
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