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    One of my favorites from my first Italy trip. For a industry freak like me it can't get any better then this. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  2. 4 points
    Chateau Marianne / Chateau Alchimiste History Not much history on this location but it was rumoured to be have been once occupied by a former professor. The chateau is located in a small, rural town in France. The town's residents have halved in the last 40 years and it was beginning to look quite run down. I can imagine the nickname 'Alchimiste' (which means Alchemist in French) came from all the chemistry equipment left behind such as: test tubes, syringes, bottles, cylinders and beakers. It seems the previous inhabitant was also a bit of an artist, we found many paintings scattered around the house and a large collection in the attic, as well as a small studio in an upstairs room. Visit I visited this beautiful chateau on a euro trip with @PROJ3CTM4YH3M. We went the previous night to check to see if it was accessible and boy we were in for a shock! Neither of us realised how much stuff had been left and how interesting the contents were. We both particularly liked the framed butterfly collection which was hung up in one of the living rooms, as it reminded us of the film 'Silence of the Lambs.' After a short investigation we decided to return the following day and booked a hotel in a nearby town. Arriving the next morning once sun had risen, the place was really brought into it's element. So, as always, hope you enjoy my photos! If you got this far, thanks for reading.
  3. 2 points
    It's been a while since I've posted anything. I though I would share something really cool, this is the Kenosha Theater. I have a thing for old movie palaces and I could not pass this up especially since I live pretty close to it. It technically isn't abandoned since a man owns it, but he dosen't have the money to fix it so it sits in it's abandoed state. I will also add that he does give tours to anyone. That's all I have to say so enjoy the decay.
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    I have visited here many times now, and i put a premature report up from the first night without exploring too much. So here is a round up of each explore with a sh*t tonne of photos thrown in for good measure. Visit 1 - Night of closure; Totally drunk off our success at Redcar Blast furnace the week before, myself and Raz decided to push our luck and go for our second high profile explore. So as the Hargreaves trucks i service at work pulled out of the gates for the last time, we made our way along the canal. Once we reached our agreed point of entry, we noted that things on the site were far from quiet. With trucks, diggers and dumpers still milling around clearly away the black stuff we crawled (litterally) all the way from the perimeter fence to the closest of the conveyors, and up to the top to scout it out. Quickly we realised this conveyor didnt go very far, and with that in mind we descended to the bottom ready for another labourious crawl. As luck was on our side we had a small window in which to leg it to the next conveyor. Excellect we thought, easy from here. NAHHHHH... the ladders to reach the conveyor were in direct sight of around 7 or 8 diggers moving coal away, and to make things just that little bit more difficult, when we spotted a small alley way in which we could run across the open space, a train rolled in and stopped blocking us completely. Now what? So we waited for around an hour, thinking that the guys in the diggers would go on their breaks sooner rather than later. Again, no. So when we decided it was make or break time, Raz inched closer to the ladders and went for it. 30 seconds later he was at the top. My turn... with my heart in my mouth, i watched the dumper make its way towards me, and then after what seemed like an age, passed me. Scurrying over the heap of coal i was off, up the ladders and on reaching the top threw myself over the edge and into the relitive safety of the conveyor. I took a moment then to catch my breath and stop myself going into a cardiac arrest. Along the conveyor we walked, passing over the diggers still working away, unaware of us. Through a very dark slippy conveyor and into the sorting plant above the train. Now we came across a conveyor belt which was moving, dragging up coal fresh from the seam that day. The last of the coal ever to be pulled from the seam in fact. I was mesmorised. So much so that neither myself or Raz heard the worker who walked down the belt towards us. "What are you doing lads?" "Just taking some photos, that okay?" "I dont really give a f*ck" Time for offskies, and im glad we did because a few minutes later alrms every where and a voice over the intercom telling workers to be on the look out for 2 lads with cameras. A good start, but we'll be back. Visit 2; As is expected we were back within weeks, this time, with The Amatuer Wanderer. Having done the rest of the Redcar SSI sites in the meantime, we were now a lot more confident about high profile places, and by now we were itching to get back at it. So the same way in, but this time now diggers or workers, just a lot more water and mud to contend with. I can deal with that. So this time we managed everywhere other than the headstock, and what an explore it was. lights still on in the bath house and the coolest search yourself sign ever Visit 3; This time with Raz, Butters and Jord (really taking the piss with 4 of us lmfao) we beelined straight for the headstock. No messing around, just up it and thats it. I think that out of all of the colliery this is by far the best part. With some futuristic looking headgear controls and several massive wheels it made my day. So thats it. We've covered the vast majority of the site, so an end to our explores here really... but on a more serious note, it is the end of an era, especially for us Yorkshire folk who's families and friends have been closely linked to the pits for their whole lives. My Father worked down Sharlston pit, My Uncle down Hatfield in its day and one by one they were sealed up and shut down. When it was Big K's time, there were high emotions in the surrounding towns, and a march was organised in nearby Knottingley to give her a send off she deserved. I felt like we had to give her a send of of our own, by documenting the last days of our iconic history. Kellingley Colliery (Big K) 1965 - 1984 / 1984 - 2015 Thanks for looking
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    This is inside of a factory that was once used for producing the somewhat famous Pandur-Tanks. This area of the factory closed sometime in 2015/16, with first signs showing as early as 2010. At first the company decided to restructure by stopping production and only using the plant at this location for tank maintenance, service and repair. When this decision was finalized about 60% of employees were dismissed. Reasoning - there wasn't enough demand for new vehicles. In late 2016 the police was called to a so called "illegal rave" that was held in one of the former production halls. Tens of thousands of euros in equipment were left behind. full story 50+ pics DSC_5646 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6939 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_5665 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_5724 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_5739 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6707 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6743_1 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6812 by anthrax, auf Flickr
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    When Robert Montgomery showed his exhibition "All Palaces" in Berlin in 2012, probably few have expected how limited the time of the Stattbad will be and how right he should be with his light sculpture "All Palaces are Temporary Palaces". Four years later, the location, once known internationally for music, art and culture, has already been demolished. Designed by the architect Ludwig Hoffmann and inaugurated in 1907, the bathhouse was initially used by numerous factory workers in the area, as the tenements were then equipped without showers and bathtubs. There was a large pool for the men and a small one for the women. During the Second World War, the main building was badly damaged, but rebuilt in the 50s until the bathing operation was discontinued in 1999. After a short vacancy, the STATTBAD Wedding was reopened with the exhibition "No more sugar for the monkeys" and quickly gained a prestigious reputation. As an event location, the building attracted numerous artists through its preserved 60s aesthetic. On the upper floors there were permanently used ateliers, the two dry-laid pools were used for exhibitions, concerts and parties, the best known being the STATTNÄCHTE with its numerous well-known Djs. The photos shown here were taken in mid-May 2015, shortly after the closure due to a lack of building security measures. Jochen and his coworkers did not suspect that day that they had already left their last working day in this place behind. Meanwhile, only the curtain wall of the building remains, but new palaces are planned here, probably student apartments. More pictures of this huge location can be found here -> http://www.patrick-hertel.de/stattbad/
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    After a bunch of sweaty sausages in a hot car, we drove to Château Rochendaal. It was built in 1881 and during WWII it was occupied by German forces and became part of an airfield complete with three runways. After the war, it was used by the Belgian Air Force, which you could still see by the stickers in some of the barracks. It was abandoned in 1996. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Strewn around the property were a few barracks and houses, which seemed to a be part of the Air Force Base. They were all in varying states of decay, but all of them had hundreds of flies buzzing. I later learned the police still use this place to train their dogs - glad we didn’t run into them. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. After a long drive down the Belgian version of “Red Light District”, our next stop was HFB. Which was a giant metal production plant. Built around 1917 but finally shut down in 2011 when it was cheaper to import it. We ran into quite a few metal thieves, but it seemed like they didn’t even bother with us. Sadly I wasn’t able to make it into the control rooms, my boots were too slippery for the wet metal. So I decided to start walking towards our car, on my way out I noticed 5 silhouettes who were loading metal in a car, they all stopped working and started at me. Luckily nothing came of it. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. I asked a shady looking couple for directions to the nearest shop and apparently I must have walked the wrong way, because the next thing I see is the shady looking couple in their car asking me to get in. It didn’t sound like the brightest idea, but I find myself in the backseat of the car speeding down the roads of Liege. We find an open shop and I grab refreshments for everybody for our trip to Alla Italia. Alla Italia is an old health resort, which opened in 1868 and has been abandoned for over 15 years by now. Judging by the looks, it was quite a luxurious place and must have attracted quite a few wealthy people. However, I learned that the nice “paintings” in the roof, is actually just some wallpaper. But it didn’t take away from the experience, since the whole place is gorgeous. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. After a speedy exit, because a passerby saw one of us in a bathtub we opted for some nice steaks right across the road. After a nights sleep, we made a quick stop at the cooling tower. Which is pretty cool to photograph with a fisheye lens. I have already mentioned it in my previous post, so not gonna go into its history. 27. 28. Our last stop on the tour, was at Crypte L. Which I sadly haven’t been able to dig up some history on. But it was well worth a visit. 29. 30. 31. 32. Curious George over and out! 33.
  8. 2 points
    This was our first Metz German Fortification of the day and it did not disappoint. GF L'Yser is filled with murals and paintings, which are incredible and fortunately survive after nearly 100 years. Visited with @flat and a few other non-members History: The Feste Prinz Regent Luitpold, renamed Group Fortification Yser after 1919, is a military installation near Metz that was constructed between 1907 and 1914. It is part of the second fortified belt of forts of Metz and formed part of a wider program of fortifications called "Moselstellung", encompassing fortresses scattered between Thionville and Metz in the valley Moselle. The aim of Germany was to protect against a French attack to take back Alsace-Lorraine and Moselle from the German Empire. The fortification system was designed to accommodate the growing advances in artillery since the end of XIXth century. Based on new defensive concepts, such as dispersal and concealment, the fortified group was to be, in case of attack, an impassable barrier for French forces. During The Annexation of Alsace-Lorraine, the fort receives a garrison of gunners belonging to the XVIth Army Corps. From 1914-1918, it served as a relay for the German soldiers at the front post. Its equipment and weapons are then at the forefront of military technology. In 1919, the fort was occupied by the French army. After the departure of French troops in June 1940, the German army reinvests the fort. In early September 1944, at the beginning of the Battle of Metz, the German command integrates the fort into the defensive system set up around Metz. Must go back Outer fighting block: DDE_5447 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5457 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5459 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5462 copy by Nick, on Flickr Turreted by Nick, on Flickr Main block DDE_5494 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5507 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5511 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5528 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5533 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5543 copy by Nick, on Flickr The Murals DDE_5563 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5506 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5586 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5503 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5588 copy by Nick, on Flickr DDE_5587 copy by Nick, on Flickr
  9. 2 points
    My first real Urban Exploration was done on that airfield. This is where it all began for me and it wasn't even that long ago! The airfield opened in 1936, initially for the usage for civilian air traffic such as sport flying (if that's a word). Not only that but the area was also used for construction of various aircraft-related mechanisms and for supporting the army with weapon technology during the Second World War. The Red Army took over operations after WW2 which explains the signs with cyrillic writing. DSC_4227 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_4266 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_4404 by anthrax, auf Flickr The album with all pictures can be found here and my thorough post here.
  10. 2 points
    Premier inn Manchester Visited with @GK-WAX and @vulex we was after a little get together so decided on a nice relaxed evening chilling on the Manchester skyline. After a very hot day was good to unwind and take in Liverpool he view and watch the world go by below us. DSC_3169 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3172 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3175 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3165 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3152 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3150 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3134 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3117 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3187 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3184 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3183 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3180 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3182 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3121 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3135 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3138 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3148 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3153 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3157 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3161 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3162 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3164 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr DSC_3176 by Lavino lavino, on Flickr
  11. 2 points
    Disclaimer: Some of the images displayed in my album contain anti semitic graffiti. I'm not promoting anti semitism here but am only showcasing what's inside this bunker. Today's post is about the exploration of a World War II bunker, that has been abandoned since approximately 1955, when Austria signed the Declaration of Neutrality. Construction began during the war but because of the siege of the Red Army, the bunker was never finished. Nowadays, most of the former exits have been walled off with only one proper entry and exit remaining. Rescuing people trapped in certain areas of the facility would be close to impossible, due to some entrances being filled with stones and mud. You imagine bunkers like concrete mazes and even though it looked like one, it was hard to get lost. It was very easy to navigate around even though the tunnels measure about 700m (0.45 miles) in total. Initially, there were around 5 to 7 entrances throughout the whole structure which made it impossible to get lost. DSC_5054 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_5080 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_5085 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_5090 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_5124 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6339 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6351 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6353 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6357 by anthrax, auf Flickr DSC_6369 by anthrax, auf Flickr If anyone is interested in more, the full album of photos can be found here and my post about the structure here.
  12. 2 points
    Founded in early 1800's the complex was initially used as a hand weaving mill. Following 30 years of manual work the means of production changed when the small mill was bought by a young interpreneur who changed the concept to include hydropower. A few years after that, the mill changed owners again when it was decided to enlargen the mill and convert it into a fully functional factory, instead of a small hydropower driven mill. Successively more and more looms and heavy machinery were added when a textile producer outsourced his production because of monetary advantages. During WW2 the production was stopped and the factory used for producing telecommunication materials for the military. Because of the decline of the texile industry in Europe and outdated machinery the factory had to close for good in the 2000's. Now it's slowly consumed by nature and open for urban explorers like me. Full Album: (70+ photographs) https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157669234673708/with/42217673072/ Full Blog Post: http://inwordsandpictures.net/textilefactory DSC_7178 by anthrax, auf Flickr 1 DSC_7224 by anthrax, auf Flickr 2 DSC_7237 by anthrax, auf Flickr 3 DSC_7241_1 by anthrax, auf Flickr 4 DSC_7252 by anthrax, auf Flickr 5 DSC_7259 by anthrax, auf Flickr 6 DSC_7272 by anthrax, auf Flickr 7 DSC_7302 by anthrax, auf Flickr 8 DSC_7308 by anthrax, auf Flickr 9 DSC_7336 by anthrax, auf Flickr 10 DSC_7350 by anthrax, auf Flickr 11 DSC_7382 by anthrax, auf Flickr 12 DSC_7394 by anthrax, auf Flickr 13 DSC_7414 by anthrax, auf Flickr 14 DSC_7425 by anthrax, auf Flickr 15 DSC_7431 by anthrax, auf Flickr 16
  13. 2 points
    History In 1781 the town of Montrose was unique among Scottish towns and cities in being the first to have an asylum for the insane. The Montrose Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary and Dispensary was completed after the institution of a subscription by local woman Mrs Susan Carnegie of Charleton, following concerns about "mad people being kept in a prison in the middle of the street". It was described as "a house and garden in the links of Montrose". It occupied the site now bounded by Barrack Road, Ferry Road and Garrison Road, approximately where the Marine Hotel and the Fire Station now stand. During these years, the main preoccupation of the managers was the considerable overcrowding in the Asylum, which among other things, made containing the not infrequent outbreaks of such diseases as cholera and smallpox very difficult. By 1853, the number of residents passed the 200 mark. As before, various additions and alterations were made to the buildings, but at one stage, even the Medical Superintendent's house on its completion was pressed into service as patient accommodation before the Superintendent could move in! Thus, inevitably, a committee was appointed in 1855 to look into the question of acquiring a site for a new Asylum, and finally decided on the lands of the farm of Sunnyside, outside the town. In 1858, Dr. James Howden was appointed Superintendent and was to remain in this post for the next 40 years. The first patients were received in the new Asylum during that year, and within two years, "the greater part of the patients were moved" to it. Inevitably, with the increased availability of accommodation, the stringent requirements for admission exercised at the old Asylum were relaxed, and in a single year (1860) the numbers rose by 30% to 373. Carnegie house, for private patients opened in 1899. A brochure describing its attractions and a brief history of the Hospital was commissioned by the Managers to mark the occasion, and was written by Mr. James Ross. A copy can be seen in Montrose Public Library. Ravenswood was now given up, but Carnegie House did not solve the continuing problems of overcrowding. Numbers reached 670 by 1900, and two "detached villas" were built in quick succession, Howden Villa being completed in 1901 and Northesk Villa in 1904. With the crisis in Europe in 1938, arrangements were made for gas proofing and sandbagging basement windows. One hundred yards of trench, 6 feet deep were dug in the field opposite the main gate. A.R.P. training was started, fire fighting appartus was overhauled, and gas masks issued. All this effort was not wasted. On the 2nd of October, 1940, five high explosive bombs fell on the Hospital. One missed the Main Building by 12 feet, breaking glass, but causing no casualties. Another hit the kitchen area of Northesk Villa, injuring two nurses. One of them, Nurse Reid, although injured herself, managed to attend to her colleague, Nurse Simpson, and then "proceeded to comfort and calm her patients". Her devotion to duty was such that Nurse Reid was recommended for a decoration, and was awarded the George Medal, the first in Scotland. As in the previous war, patients were evacuated from other Hospitals which were required by the War Office, and Montrose had once again to accommodate as many as 220 additional patients and their staff from Stirling. At a later stage, patients from Aberdeen were also accommodated, due to bomb damage at Aberdeen Asylum. The number of resident patients thus topped one thousand for the first and only time, (1052 on 12th June, 1940). Over the 30 year period from post-war to the bi-centenary, it would not be too much of an exaggeration to say that the hospital had changed as much as it did in the previous hundred. Television was introduced in time for the Coronation in 1953, and most wards had a set by 1957. Complete modernisation of most wards was carried out during the 50's and 60's, which transformed especially the Main Building wards. Open fires gave way to radiators and many side rooms were heated for the first time. The site officially closed in 2011. The explore Yet another site long overdue, so with a few clear days it was time to make the long journey north. After a few years of average asylums, Sunnyside was a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon with the North Sea winds at ease! With soil samples being taken in the grounds, hopefully the site has a future; which wont be helped by a group of kids i encountered later in the day. I cringe at the thought that one fire could bring 230 years of history to an end... 1. 2. Waiting for the tourist bus... 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Doctor's changing room. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14, 15. 16, 17. 18, 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. One from the modern(ish) villa, probably 1930's built. 24. Basement view of the main building with day room and 'cells' beyond, long used for storage. 25. 26. Infirmary. 27. Interesting club house with maintenance shed attached. Note the tree timbers supporting the porch. Thanks for looking folks!
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  15. 1 point
    Come on if anyone was going to be starting a thread dedicated to stairs and staircases it'd have to be me right, self-confessed staircase fetishist and all. I like them in all shapes and sizes, styles or condition you name it. Here are a few I have seen this year. I think I have issues...
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    Bowling World – Belgium Closed in late 2015. It closed due to a decline in custom and proposed development on the site of this bowling alley and dance hall next door.
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    A few weeks ago I visited an old abandonend chocolate factory in the south-west of Germany. The rainy day normally suits the shabby mood of the environment but of course requires long exposure. Unfortunately I forgot to turn off steady shot (camera shake compensation) so 50% of my pics turned out to be blurry. 😖 Shit happens! #1 Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #2 DSC01819-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #3 DSC01822-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #4 DSC01860-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #5 DSC01861-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #6 DSC01868-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #7 DSC01864-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #8 DSC01866-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #9 DSC01863-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #10 DSC01867-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #11 DSC01834-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #12 DSC01851-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #13 DSC01823-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #14 DSC01849-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #15 DSC01856-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #16 DSC01857-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #17 DSC01858-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #18 DSC01854-Bearbeitet-Bearbeitet by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr
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    One unusual but topical fact about the Leri Tweed Mill for anyone who has just watched A Very English Scandal on BBC. This is a drama about the Jeremy Thorpe / Norman Scott scandal. When the scandal broke in the press Norman Scott was or had been recently working as a model at this mill. The nation's press descended on the mill. A uni friend who lived next door found the press camped on his doorstep. He made money from selling them cups of tea at inflated prices.
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    Thanks for the Welcome. I am from Scotland UK and enjoy urban exploration and photography.
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    Hello, This was my 16th visit to Belgium for Exploring! Was a great little explore, only history I could find is below. It is a mix between DLSR and phone photos. This power plant was built in 1960 and operated on gas . In 2014, the plant was closed. 40 jobs were lost. It turns out that the electricity in the whole place is still working and the computers are still running!
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    Stairs of Hilton Manchester
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    Here are some stairs from 2014
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    Some great shots on here already, here's a few from me
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    Some stairs and an escalator!
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    Nice stair porn mate, I do love a good set of stairs! I am liking these threads here's mine
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