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  1. This is from a exploration on the 13th of May, 2013. These pictures are mostly the east buildings from the interior. Second set will be south end and my favorites, the roof. Brach’s Candy was a Chicago (and world) candy factory legend. This facility, one of the largest candy factories in the world, was mostly built in 1921-23 and then partially rebuilt in 1948 after a tragic fire and explosion killed 11 employees. At its peak, the facility was over 2,200,000 sq feet (670,560 meters) and had 2,400 workers. Typical vulture capitalism in the 1980’s into the 2000’s destroyed the company and this facility closed the doors to workers in 2003. One of the office buildings was blown up for the movie Dark Knight in 2007. Due to much of the west complex being gang occupied and the neighborhood sporadically violent, I chose the last cold day of that spring to visit, on Mother’s Day, a very big holiday in the USA, figuring even gangbangers might take an afternoon off to visit their mums 🙂 So I got there mid-afternoon and only left as it was getting too dark to see much, let alone photograph. I tried to go back one more time, but it was not possible to access, and within weeks it was in the process of being wrecked. For the USA, it had more interior metal than many buildings I've been in, which usually have been picked clean by scrappers, which gave it a nice ambiance. Overall, it was a very dark location, due to most windows being bricked up and it was late in the day when I visited, but what light I had was beautiful. The last pic in this set shows downtown Chicago in the distance. I'll post set two in a week or two, then start digging through files for other past and recent explorations. Many thanks to everyone who welcomed me on the introduction board. Thanks to all who share, some really amazing reports here, and looking forward to looking around more, but figured I should share something for starters 🙂 Staklo
  2. This juwelen factory was build more then 100 years ago. Now its abandoned for around 10 years.
  3. History This coal mine was established in 1910 and was funded by the Prussian empire. This facility contained two elevator towers. In 1912 the construction began on a cokes plant right next to the coal mine. In 1943 the mine shut down due to the second world war, after 6 years the mine reopened again. With this reopening there was also a major renovation, with this renovation there was a larger modern elevator added to the facility. In 1998 the facility was bought by a big coal mining corporation which owned 5 other coal mines. In 2008 the 98 year old coal mining facility was closed down by the government. The historic part is currently being restored and the part that was renovated after the war will probably be torn down. Explore The entrance was *access details removed*. when we got in we first went trough a whole system with conveyer belts, after that we ended up in the huge coal washery. after we explored this part we went up into the elevator tower. The tower was 10 floors high so we were quite tired then we were on the tower but it was really worth it, in the tower there was an enormous electrical lift motor which was really nice to take pictures from. It was a really cool place to explore, I really enjoyed it! Thanks for reading and looking!
  4. not done a report in a while and have a nice backlog to catch up with . bit of an old explore this one ,its been arround for years but i wanted to see it anyway so off we went the milk factory has been closed since the 1970s , the milk was collected from the local farms and put in churns trains used to take the milk off to liverpool and other citys . there was a railway platform on the site but too overgrown to get any shots of it , altho the water tank was still there form the time when steam powerd the trains proposed for closure in the Beeching Report it managed to stay in use just for the factory nice natural decay and not vandalised it made for a good hour or so thanks for looking
  5. Not much left , not vandalised and loads of decay and bird poo and dive bomming pigeons, been closed a few years now on with the pics thanks for looking
  6. Hi fellas, I explore a mining colony, looking for these graffiti freaks, in the video section, I've shared the video of this place. I hope to enjoy NOFILTER NOEDITION
  7. part 5 of the germany tour great video part 5
  8. History This factory was opened in 1900 and made cardboard out of straw, in that time this product was very popular so 8 years later the made another factory next to the other one. In 1968 the factory closed due to competition from abroad, after the factory was closed it was sold off to a men who repaired and sold off machines. The new owner only did nothing about maintenance of the old factory so the factory complex decayed rapidly. in 2005 the original factory was demolished and the other factory was luckily protected as a monument. Later in 2009 the restoration began on the still standing factory. 6 years later the company who began with the restoration began to have financial troubles so the factory was abandoned again. After being abandoned for 1 year the factory was bought on a auction for an incredible low price, after that the restoration was back on track again. Explore We went on a Sunday so the workers waren't working on the building. When we got there, there was a door opened so we could enter the beautiful old factory building. The highlight of the building was the old Turbine and the old ovens. Hope you enjoyed my post!
  9. 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
  10. This is an old paper factory were they would make cardboard, The factory opened in 1905 and closed in 2005 after the company was taken over by an other company which stopped the production. There was also this old burned out Jaguar which was quite nice to photograph. Thanks for looking!
  11. Today I visit some kind of factory buildings near a train station. I'm unsure if this was part of some other factory or if those were standalone buildings. One from the two had a cafeteria, so it appears plausible that this was a seperate firm. I'm saying that because the buildings are located on a industrial area where many companies, warehouses and such are located. Enjoy! Full: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmcr8Da
  12. Not the greatest photos ever, but yeah... mine are the after shots (shown first) and the before shots (shown after) are 25 years old and not mine. I hope that all makes sense
  13. Have any of you missed a site: somewhere that was torn down, redeveloped or closed off just before you had the chance to visit and look around? I had a very quick look at this quarry but it was demolished just before I had planned to go back and climb stuff! Full report is here http://www.lifeoutthere.co.uk/2018/04/18/the-quarry-that-got-away/ What was your "one that got away"?
  14. In 1960 Alfa Romeo grow out of their old factory located in Portello and started with the construction of a new plant located in Arese. This new plant had an Centro Stile (Design centre), Offices, Powerplant, Centro Technico (technical centre), and much more. Unfortunately in 2005 the whole factory closed after the last V6 Busso engine rolled out of the factory which made the once modern factory abandoned. In 2014 the factory was demolished to make place for a mall and parking spots, the only thing that still remain are the old technical centre and the design centre. In the summer of 2017 I was in the area so I decided to go and have a look at what remains of the factory. To my surprise there were still sections open and it had even had some papers and some car parts inside. Thanks for reading and I hoped you liked it!
  15. A repair facility of a big steel factory here in Belgium. Abandoned for many years but still surrounded by razor wire . Here they repaired the trains and also other equipment used in in steel factory (radio's, chargers,....). It' took some walking to see all of the building (and still missed some parts.It was a solo explore so I was cautious about every sound I heard. Found a former living quarter of some copper thieves with sleeping corner and a crude home-made heater/stove. This was my kind of Sunday morning activity. Tnx for watching. Hopefully not to many pictures.
  16. Hi mates, few days ago mi brother and I visited a huge abandoned textile factory sorrounded by nature. Hope you enjoy!
  17. Hi and happy new year! Here’s a short video of a recent explore of Healey Mills marshalling Yard and Dudfleet mill - thanks for watching!
  18. This is the old Fiat Trattori (tractor) factory, this factory was build in the 1960s and was abandoned in 1993 after Fiat bought the American company New Holland. Today the plant is in quite bad shape. There are no plans of reconverting the place. This was the Design centre and the administration building. Thanks for looking!
  19. Grimsby Ice Factory Visited with @EOA and @eastyham after our first stop was a failure and without a back up plan we were struggling so up to Grimsby it was. Good choice. Cracking place this. Old as fook, plenty of decay, rot, growth, shonky floors and endless amounts of pigeon poop. I walked across the bridge of doom but couldn’t really go much further as the floors and stairs are collapsing in the other building. It didn’t look too interesting anyway to be honest. Grabbed some old pictures off google so ive wanged them in here too because I think its proper mint when you can compare times gone by with the derps of today. History The Factory was opened on the 7th of October 1901 as a joint venture between the Grimsby Ice Company and the Grimsby Co-operative Ice Company. The Grimsby Ice Company was initially founded in 1863 by local fishermen to import ice from Norway to help them preserve the fish that they caught, by 1900 however it was obvious that they would have to begin to source ice from elsewhere as the for ice, what made matters worse was that the Norwegians began to charge more for exporting their ice and the supply of ice was unreliable... Hence the need for an ice factory at home. The Original Refrigeration Plant on site where 4 steam powered Pontifex horizontal double-acting ammonia compressors which would operate at 50rpm. These where powered by vertical, triple-expansion steam engines, the steam for these engines where generated from six 30ft long Lancashire boilers. A few changes where made between opening and 1931, changes such as the superheating of the Lancashire boilers and the purchase of a few more bits of kit from the Linde British Refrigerating Company however the majority of the facility stayed the same... Until 1931 when a modernization program under the direction of F A Fleming MBE, who was the General manger at the ice factory at the time was put into place. The program included the installation of four J&E Hall Compressors and Metropolitan Vickers Electrical equipment, replacing the Old Pontifex Compressors and Steam Engines. The specification for the new plant demanded an output of 1,100 tons of ice per day under ordinary working conditions, and by utilising the existing tanks without increasing the number of cans. The use of steam was to be entirely dispensed with and means to be provided for heating the thawing water without the use of electrical heaters. Much as today, this had to be achieved with equipment of the greatest efficiency. Sadly the high demands for ice where short lived, episodes such as the cod wars and the general decline in the British fishing industry led to several units been shut down by 1976, and in 1990 the factory closed it's doors and shut down. Today it is owned by Associated British Ports and is left derelict, although preservationists have tried to save the building, their efforts have sadly so far been in vain. Even though the place makes a great opportunity for us explorers I would like to think it would be saved eventually as the factory is now a unique survivor of a now otherwise extinct industry, that said, I do have my doubts... Pics I’ll start off with one from the depths of google. Two blokes looking rather proud next to one of the compressors. Not a clue of the date but it looks fairly clean and new. I didn’t take these pictures with the intention of getting them at similar angles and what not it was purely coincidence, but has worked ok ish. Looking at the same machine now A couple of control panels that were next to the above compressor Another oldie and the same machine now Looking down on the compressor hall and from the same walkway 1930ish? Moving onto other parts of the factory there was a room with these bins filling the whole floor. These were filled with water from the hoses at the end seen here Frozen. Then moved along on these cranes dumped at the end like this (this isn’t Grimsby) Then slid into the crusher So yeah. Unusual. I doubt I will ever explore another Ice factory so that’s pretty cool. Some more shots of the place. I’ll finish on a picture of the old steam powered compressors.
  20. My first post to this forum. Today we visited a factory somewhere in Belgium. It used to be a plant where soda but mostly water was bottled and then prepared for distribution to grocery stores in Belgium and surrounding countries. The factory stopped being productive because of a severe collapse of the roof. We didn't have any hightech-equipment so I used my iPhone to make some pics. enjoy!
  21. I visited the chocolate factory already more than four years ago. Inside it was partly very dark - much darker than it looks in the photos. The plaster had fallen from the ceiling; a gray damp mud lay on the floor and stuck stubbornly to the shoes. After the owner died, the factory was closed over 20 years ago. The widow of the manufacturer still lives in a dilapidated house next to the factory. In the past years, the condition has worsened a lot. Meanwhile, the roof of the former factory has almost completely collapsed. 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 27 28
  22. A abandoned mine in Czech... 2 visit's 1. The Moos Factory 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. The Moos Factory 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. The Moos Factory 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. The Moos Factory 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. The Moos Factory 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr revisit: 6. The Moos Factory revisit 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. The Moos Factory revisit 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. The Moos Factory revisit 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 9. The Moos Factory revisit 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 10. The Moos Factory revisit 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 11. The Moos Factory revisit 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 12. The Moos Factory revisit 07 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  23. Hey Guys Thought I would share a video from an outing to Redhill, Enjoy!
  24. Hi mates! I wolud like to share with you the visit I made to an abandoned coal factory with my new camera, a Samsung Gear 360. Hope you enjoy.
  25. This former slate factory started in 1897. In 1995 the factory was closed and it's still abandoned. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
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