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Everything posted by Conrad

  1. That's very lush! Nicely done.
  2. Spot on. Props for the chimney climb twice!
  3. History (courtesy of Wikipedia) Founded in 1447 by John Kempe, the Archbishop of York, as a college for the training of priests, in 1894, the school moved to new premises, and the South Eastern Agricultural College was established in the buildings with Alfred Daniel Hall as principal. In 1898, Wye became a School of Agriculture within the University of London. Until 2005, Wye College was a well-known study and research centre in the fields of rural business and management, biological sciences, and the environment and agriculture. The college was officially closed by its then owner, Imperial College London, in September 2009. Visit Visited with @SlimJim and a non member. Internally the place is bare but the interior is in good condition, any excuse to get out on a summers day. Shown below are only the Biology and Chemistry blocks as the site is spread over several satellite sites.
  4. Sweet! Nicely shot, good that such a pivotal piece of history remains unvandalised and in good condition.
  5. Decent that the walkie talkie's cleared off , looks proper fun, nicely done.
  6. Nice, super slick videography if you ask me.
  7. The whole place looks awesome. I've never seen anything like pictures 5 and 6 part of a substation? Or maybe bus bars?
  8. I'm liking the shots on your chernobyl posts . Putting aside the history of the place it's pretty cool to see most of it untouched with very little/no graffiti.
  9. Finding myself in the area I thought I would drop by in the interest of efficiency, despite being stripped pretty bare it's still worth a stroll having some interesting stuff. Turned up wanting to climb the headstock but after seeing a worker parked in front of it I thought in the interest of not taking the piss I disappeared inside the building instead. Saw the power house and building containing the winding engine. History Courtesy of wikipedia. The colliery opened in 1916. The pit was stopped in 2001, and restarted 2007; the mine passed through a number of different owners in the early part of the 21st century, with subsequent operators entering receivership. During the same period the site was proposed as the location for high-technology coal burning power stations schemes which did not proceed.
  10. Nicely done avoiding the dog walkers. An important bit of history, looks like a decent sized site.
  11. I was pleased to finally get around to visiting the coke ovens in Southbank even if a year late, much smaller then the main furnace site but definably worth a trip even if it is a bit bare on the inside now. I went during the day which I don't really like doing as it's not optimal, especially when I don't know much about the site in question but it worked out to be quite a chilled affair. Shots aren't the greatest as I'm currently lacking a tripod, that being said the daylight made for the opportunity to grab some good outside shots. This ones not too far from me so I might go back with a tripod get some better internals and cover some more of the site. History I'm sure you all know the history of the recent events affecting SSI and their 3 locations between Middlesborough and Redcar, However is a bit of copy and paste from southbankcokeovens.com SBCO battery and by-products plant were originally built between 1953/56 and commissioned in 1957 however after 10 years of operation the batteries refractories were beyond repair due to poor operations. A new battery was commissioned in 1971 this battery ran in conjunction with the original 1957 By-products plant. The coking process consists of heating coal in the absence of air in large coke oven batteries to drive off the volatile compounds; the resulting coke is a hard, but porous carbon material that is used for reducing the iron in the blast furnace. The By-product plant recovers volatile chemicals in the form of coke oven gas, tars, and oils. The coke oven temperature is 1300 °C and the time it takes to turn coal into coke is known as the “Carb-time” which is usually about 19 hours. The coke is then pushed out of the oven with a machine known as “the pusher” and caught in a “coke car” which transports the hot coke to a quencher where it is cooled with water. At its peak SBCO pushed 96 ovens per day 365 days a year, each push contained 19 tons of coke worth £3800. The price of coke constantly fluctuates just like currency. SBCO employed 150 people. Bonus points for spotting the hi vis in the below, Looking towards the basic oxygen steelmaking plant. The coke ovens itself,
  12. One of those big places that looks properly awesome. Nicely done.