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  1. Any shots of vintage industrial locations - the older the better!
  2. Hey everyone! It's been a while since our small Belgium/Luxembuorg/France-Roadtrip in September, but now I finally had the time to recall this one and edit some of the images. As I'm totally new to photography, I would be very delighted to hear your opinion on the photos and processing! (: 1st day:Usine Barbele The entrance was quite easy. The place where the hole in the fence should be seemed to have been closed a few times already; but everytime a new hole was opened just a few steps further. Arriving at the heart of the plant, we quickly made our way up to the rows of coking furnaces. It was a rather dark day, clouds hanging heavily in the sky, and we stopped many times when some loose parts made loud crashing noises, moved by the wind. We did not feel comfortable here, it seemed like we were not welcome. After taking some portraits at the big fans, my girlfriend told me she was hearing engine sounds, and we decided to rush into a small cabin at the side of the road and hide. And really, she was right: A black Dacia made its way slowly around the plant, passing the shed where we were hiding. We heard it stopping somewhere, opening and closing it's doors again, and we were in complete agreement we should leave this place as fast as posible. Hiding behind everything we found, we fled along the side of the way, stopping and quietly peeking back every now and then. 2nd day: HFB We decided to be quick with this one when thinking back to the day before. We made our way to the blast furnace, took some photos and left again. We'll have a look at the rest of the site on our tour in march. ET Phone Home I found this one online just the day before, and after a short research, I had the coordinates. After having a stop at a small park to have a look at a sculpture we wanted to see, we quickly headed over the fields toward this one. We arrived at sunset, and after strolling through high grass and climbing the small fence, we stood in the middle of those antennas. I really liked the view, but I'm not at all pleased with the pictures I made. Maybe we'll repeat that one someday. 3rd day: Diesel Power Plant Not much to say. The door that was said to be open was closed again, so we moved on to the sea and did not any exploration that day. 4th day: Salle des Compresseurs We made our way in from the west. According to the parts we found in this wasteland, it used to be some kind of power station. There are also some basement structures where you can still find some electrical gear. The compressor house was a nice little place - nice machines looking like ducks, rust, peeling paint, plants. Beautiful. 5th day: Power Plant X The access to this one was said to be "a bit dirty", but i really enjoyed it. We took some shots in the boiler room and moved on to the pumping room in the next building. Sadly we didn't get to see the big hall with the gas motors as renovation work was going on - the space was lit up like a soccer field and plastic sheets were covering windows and machines. Let's hope it gets well preserved for the posterity so they can enjoy that view too! Terres Rouges This one was easy. We heard stories of police driving around and were careful, but luckily nothing happened. The place isn't as impressive as HFB or Usine Barbele and in a quite bad shape, but there were some nice perspectives. It was raining cats and dogs, so we didn't have much time to shoot the nice reflections. That's it for now. There aren't so much images as we also did a bit of sightseeing and I sorted out a bunch that I didn't like or weren't able to process to the point where I could post them with a good feeling Hope you still like them! If you like to see some (but that's not THAT much) more images, you can hit up my flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums We'll do another tour in March (Be, Lux, Fr, Es, It, Ch) and hopefully we'll come back with more pictures. Maybe I'll also add some of my older images. And of course, thanks a lot to the people that helped me with the locations and confirmed my researched coordinates - it's really nice to know how to get in and somebody has been there recently. I won't publish the names here so that you don't get flooded with requests, I hope that's ok. You rock! best wishes from Germany, Nico
  3. This place was part of a giant complex where they used to build trains for the national railroad company. Most of the site was already demolished by the time we got here, but the lab itself was still worth the visit. It's been abandoned since 2010, which is sort of surprising, if you look at the amount of decay, but well, I'm not complaining about that at all... Actually took 2 visits to get in. First attempt was on a thursday afternoon. Entered the site, walked to the particular building and said to my girl: "what's that noise?!" Peeked inside the building and got instantly spotted by demolition workers... Took a run and returned a few days later in the weekend. More luck that time. Have to say, definitely worth it... 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 Thanks for looking!!
  4. During a conversation with a fellow explorer we came to the conclusion that I have been able to visit some beautiful steelworks ... In the neighboring countries! Having this playground of rust and steel in my backyard and even went there, was quite embarrassing... . A bit later a date was set and another week later I stood on the blast furnace, enjoying the sun and the view. Wow! I immediately understand why the great love for industry begins here for so many explorers. And admit, there are worse places and views to eat your sandwiches. After our picnic and the conclusion that my fellow explorers was severely sunburned, we went back and went to discover the beautiful places that this place has to offer , bumping into the resident copper-thieves here and there, but they didn't seem to feel bothered by our presence. 1. the road up to the blast furnace. I love it that you can spot 'her'while you're gradually approaching. Also, active trains running by from the right hand side make it a surreal experience 2. view from above 3 +4 the mandatory selfies on the BF 4. 'the fish' 5 +6 : the giant squid 7. 8. 9. 10 11 12 the spider 13
  5. A state-of-the-art manufacturer of pipes and fittings, once fully owned by the state, went bankrupt under suspicious circumstances, just before it’s 50th birthday. Only a year before the 50th anniversary, the state sold 85% of the shares in the company to a private investment firm for roughly 300K (GBP). (the remaining 15% remained with the state.) Shortly after that, the employees (while enjoying their christmas holiday), received a letter stating the company filled for bankruptcy. Almost 400 workers lost their job and numerous attempts were made to reboot or sell the company. Unfortunately none of them successful. A few years later, questions were raised about the initial transaction, from state to private investor, as the remaining assets of the company were estimated at a total value of 5M (GBP). (Roughly 17x the original investment of the investment firm.) A short while ago, the site has been sold to a new owner and is currently being repurposed/renovated in order to house a production facility for a local company, potentially creating 200 new jobs. Anyhow, enough history for today, so on with the shots; 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Thanks for looking!
  6. first report in a while, been busy in france + havent seen anything from this place so thought id share it. It was one of those lucky stumble upon by accident explores, which are always nice, certainly not epic to look at but its nice knowing every corner you walk round is going to be something new that you wont have seen it on someone elses report already. I was actually in the area looking for waterfalls to go and have a jungle shower as we'd been camping up the road, zigged when i should have zagged and came across this. couldnt find much history apart from the local rag circa feb 09 and little from historic england historic england- HISTORY: Tansley Wood Mill is a substantially complete example of a late C18, first generation water- powered textile factory, whose form is strongly influenced by, and is a near-contemporary of Sir Richard Arkwright's pioneering cotton spinning factory at nearby Cromford. The site retains clear evidence of phased development, and of the enhancement of its water power-producing capacity, https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1389284 local rag Plans to convert a former Tansley textile mill into flats and offices have been given the go-ahead. Council chiefs gave the green light to a major redevelopment of Tansley Wood Mills, in Lower Lumsdale, on Tuesday. The historic woodland building is to be restored and redeveloped after officers said the scheme would regenerate what was formerly an important employment site. Plans, submitted by applicant Paddock Motors, include converting the Grade II-listed mill into flats, turning the old forge building into a restaurant, four craft studios, office space and commercial units. Planning co-ordinator for the scheme, Bill Clay, said: "It is an exceptional attractive and special location in this historical wooded valley. "It is a wonderful environment to be working in, particually as we are local people. What we are doing is finding a new use for an important historical building and ensuring it has a future. "It is also a very important employment site, historically, and we want to take it into the future in terms of returning it to an employment site." District council planning officers said the site would benefit nature conservation, landscape restoration and secure the future of a listed building. A previous bid to develop the building was rejected by the Secretary of State in 2005, saying it could be detrimental to the character and appearance of the area. Read more: http://www.matlockmercury.co.uk/news/local/tansley-mill-s-conversion-plan-is-approved-1-871469#ixzz4BCYQORUw picturegraphs IF anyone knows what the flying fuck this is can you let me know and lets not forget the real reason i was in thee valley thanks for looking kids, happy explorin
  7. HI I´m new here. I´m from Czech and I will show you some places If you want my page is https://www.facebook.com/M%C4%9Bstsk%C3%BD-pr%C5%AFzkum-495287987276687/
  8. Once in a while, I get actually excited about industrial locations, not that often to be honest but still. This was one of those moments, they even started demolishing parts of it, but still I thought it was worth a visit when the workmen had a day off. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  9. way over due writing an actual report, got a back log of about 20 reports at the minute but just cant find the time or the internet speed for uploading to flickr, spend most the week working away on the most basic hotel wifi youve ever seen then when the weekend comes around im always off exploring, anwyays heres a little start with some good old south wales indursty took my mate lara whos wanted to come exploring for a while, was a good day but i reckon we only saw about 2/3rds as we had other stuff on the list to tick off, definitely want to come back here in the summer when the foliage is in full bloom bit of coffee and paste histoire Cwm coke works is a large site just north of Beddau in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Up until the mid 1800′s Beddau was a small collection of farmsteads at the conjunction of four crossroads. (Incidentally, Beddau, which means ‘graves’, may be a shortening of Croesheol y Beddau, ‘crossroads of the graves’, as it is marked on an ordnance survey map circa. 1833. Criminals were often hanged as crossroads as an example to others…). In the 1860′s coal pits were sunk around Beddau, and the town grew at a steady rate until 1909, which saw the opening of Cwm colliery. As the industry moved in, Beddau grew quickly, and in 1958 Cwm coke works opened, furthering the expansion. At its peak, Cwm colliery was producing hundreds of thousand of tons of high quality, low sulphur coal per year. Much of this was processed at Cwm coke works, into high-grade coke suitable for foundry use. The National Coal Board closed the colliery in 1986, and Cwm Coke works in 2002, leaving yet another small Welsh town deprived and forgotten. It would seem now, work has begun to reclaim the land, so perhaps this magnificent example of commanding industry and stark, utilitarian achitecture won’t be around for much longer. thanks kids ttake it sleazy!!
  10. A late autumn morning spent lurking in a HUGE decommissioned blast furnace, dodging trains and security patrols? Yep... That'll do nicely! . . . H F B . . . by As always, thanks for lookin in folks!
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    Can't tell much about this one, but it was sure one of the scariest things I've done. Inside this "tower" was not much room to stand. We were like 10/15 meters above the ground, so I held on tight . Tnx for watching #1 #2 #3 #4
  12. Our first stop off during a recent tour of European industry (and a few bloody houses!) found us peering through the fence at a shit-load of razor wire. The amount was topped by that at a steel works later in the trip, but that's another story - I think this area of Europe must have consumed twice as many razors as the entire rest of the world recently! Anyway, who ever let razor wire stop them....? Well - us, for a start. It kinda started to look like this might be a no-go before we even got past the fence. The second fence, that was. The first was quite easy and luckily the third - yes the place has three bloody fences! - didn't come with a risk of being grated alive. Just a risk of being eaten alive by dogs as we later discovered..... Marching on, we get to the welded-shut building and try to make our way in. Cue said dog, with his handler patrolling. I must have been wearing fart-proof pants that day because he didn't smell us despite me nearly shitting myself, and we ran for cover into what turned out to be an entry point into the building! Thanks for the helping out, le Fido Pics.... Peeping Turbine! Such pretty eyes! Thanks for looking. I'll eventually get round to putting this on my website www.bcd-urbex.com (cheeky plug haha) but for now you lot in NP can have it
  13. History I couldn't find any so there is none but if I keep writing a little then it will seem that your reading something interesting. I know nothing about this place so I can't even make anything up! The explore Visited with Hamtagger , we had gone to Leeds to visit a few places and this was one of them. Knowing that there wasn't a great deal here we knew it would only be a short explore but we both quite enjoyed it. Very non eventful explore, not much to report really. A little disappointing to say the least haha but we had a good day. The machinery which was still left was quite nice, makers plates made for nice pics and even with not a lot in the main areas managed to get some nice shots. A little gutted the punch sign has now gone walkabouts, was looking forward to snapping that but we knew it wouldn't last forever and what with it being there so long it really was just a matter of time. Nice to see that someone had taken a shit so discreetly, not! Nice to see you used pampers babywipes to wipe your ass though. Soft as a babies bum no doubt. Dirty shits! Literally. Anyway on to the pics, enjoy Porn, chains & my HT. It could have been worse I do like a nice knob Someone always went to work smiling Thanks for looking
  14. Amy's Winehouse - visited december 2014 Especially for you, my UK-friends: Amy's Winehouse! No report about the queen of soul though, rather about the queen of French industrial decay. Once upon a time these winehouses were used to preserve wine before consumption. It has a pretty rare and unique architecture, looks a bit like a prison, to keep wine instead of people. This was our third attempt, driving all the way down to shoot this one. First time we didn't get in, second time we even got caught before we made it to the building itself. So this time: a lot of euforia when we finally made the inside. We had to wait a little hour before sunrise, and saw the building slowly awaken Still pretty dark inthere, and a bit fuzzy of all the birdshit, we took out our tripots and camera's. Such a beauty!!! I love this place a lot... too bad it's so hard, tricky and dangerous to get inside. Such a pitty there ain't no possible entry anymore for the moment. On the other hand, when the opportunity arises again, I would love to do a revisit! Cheers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
  15. Terracotta Army - Visited may 23th 2015 5:30, Oh sh*t this was early, again, and on the last day of our first italian tour... So off course we had a few gins and beers the other night, more than usual for celebrating the last night together with the four of us. Everything went a bit slower, but hey, the last day... we still had enough energy to pop some beauties before taking the bird back to belgium. The 6th day, The 6th time to get up at fucking half 6 o'clock Oh yeah, the numbers were good to start off, visiting an army, of sinks! Like planned we had to visit this one early, so we booked a B&B closeby. We scouted the entry the day before, so we were pretty prepared to do this one quick, quiet and unseen. When we got in, first a bit panic... because in the first part we came, everything was smashed on the floor. At the next corner on our left side, the army welcomed us! BTW... Going early paid off, when we got back on the streets, there was starting a lot of activity, so the early visit was worth the headache! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
  16. Today no old stuff, the most recent location I visited and managed to process the pictures, finally. This factory used to produce tiles for industrial applications. One day it was taken over by a competitor and production was transferred abroad. There is still a huge area remaining although it got partially demolished or converted into a police headquarter - so definetively a secure place #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 Not enough pictures? Check my website: http://www.industriesafari.de/Viewer/KeramikwerkGR14/index.html
  17. Some more old stuff from the rubber factory "John Scher" which got meanwhile demolished. I loved this place: Dirty industry, decay and plenty of machines and equipment.... #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 - product advertisement You want more? --> http://www.industriesafari.de/Viewer/Gummiwerk2010/index.html
  18. The power plant is the only remainder of the former pressing plant that remains acessible. On the ground levels heavily trashed the condition get better the higher you climb... This is some old stuff from 2010. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Check my website for the full set: http://www.industriesafari.de/Viewer/Blechumformwerk10/index.html
  19. 1. Atelier Industry 01 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 2. Atelier Industry 02 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 3. Atelier Industry 03 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 4. Atelier Industry 04 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 5. Atelier Industry 05 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 6. Atelier Industry 06 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 7. Atelier Industry 07 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 8. Atelier Industry 08 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 9. Atelier Industry 09 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 10. Atelier Industry 10 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 11. Atelier Industry 11 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 12. Atelier Industry 12 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 13. Atelier Industry 13 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 14. Atelier Industry 14 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr
  20. Morning all, Bit of a drive from the airport this one, so after landing we drove towards it and did Villa V on the way down to the first nights hotel (see previous report on VV). Up nice and early and got into this one. Pretty much untouched in terms of graff or vandalism and was worth the effort. The place itself was huge and spanned a large area hence we were in here for a good while which gave me time to go around with the wide angle and the prime 50mm. Not sure on the history but it seems to originate from the 1920/30s. An epic location if you are into industrial explores. On with some photos. A few left to process but this is pretty much the jist of the place. External First shot at sunrise Turbine Hall Control room Other areas Thanks for looking in.
  21. 12 months or so ago me n NK saw this place pop up elsewhere on t'interweb and immediately wanted it, BADLY!! But all our research was to no avail and after a few months of red herrings and head scratching we tucked it away in the back of our minds and got on with other moochings... And then it pops up again... Cue some frantic research activity from the wellied wonder (she's very good at it!!) and BOOM!! There it is!! RESULT!!! Instantly all the previous plans for the weekend go out the window, we're in the motor and tearing up the tarmac at some ungodly hour, pouring strong coffee down our necks and chugging on roll ups all in the name of... ...Working up a sweat for the baby Jesus... We must aplologise in advance for the ridiculous amount of photos here!! It was VERY hard for the pair of us to choose which ones to use so we're chuckin loads at ya!!! As always... Thanks for lookin...
  22. Much like my other thread in the Leisure section, this is a mix of Belgian industry that doesn't warrant separate threads. Atelier Decor One of the more visited Belgian locations, this is a prime example of what makes Belgium what it is amongst explorers. A great place, hilariously obvious access and a nice peaceful wander, albeit this time in the pouring rain! This place was a plasterer's workshop at some point, it's taken a battering from the elements and thieves but still worth a look. More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633007042951/ IM Cooling Tower I covered the main power station last year but missed the cooling tower due to a succession of unfortunate events, namely dropping my gear in the muddy water underneath, whacking my head on a concrete support and then ripping a huge hole in my trousers! It was worth the wait though, as the conditions made it that bit more special even though it was BLOODY FREEZING More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633055447974/ Charbonnage du Gouffre The continuous snow made some of our plans a bit stupid so we were forced into backup mode big time on one day, so we hit up a couple of the coal washeries that have been closed for decades. Only shells left but once again the conditions played into our hands as the snow made them that bit more interesting to wander round. Not a bad view as far as they go More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633059309473/ Charbonnage Forte-Taile We missed the boat on this one, what used to be a fairly interesting location with a lot of old cars dotted around the site was now no more than a couple of large empty buildings and an old excavator...my bad on total research fail! More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633063588004/ Eylenbosch Brewery I nearly totalled my lens here, knocking my fully extended tripod over and it faceplanted a stone floor...luckily no real harm done other than a small crack in the front of the lens casing! A mostly empty brewery but a few nice features. More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633059437729/ Fonderie W A huge old foundry on the outskirts of a large city, one I stumbled across by accident on another forum. At some point most of it has been prepped for demolition with windows removed, stuff piled up etc but nothing has happened. More http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157633070712034/