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  1. Dropped by 12 sites (and had a good look at a few more) over several days in a bit of a manic trip around Belgium on the weekend past with The_Raw, Wevsky, Obscurity and Monkey. Photography came secondary to actually looking around (!) so I've compressed the images into one post. Also just don't want to spam the board with 12 posts. Also lazy. Fort de Fl�malle Built between 1881 and 1884 as a group of 12 forts surrounding Liege, the fort has been attacked (successfully) during both World Wars. We didn't know what to expect from this place as had nothing but a set of coordinates. After getting past the front gate the site seemed to be semi-live, looks like an unsuccessful attempt to commercialise the site as a museum and airsoft range. Some modern signs pointing towards canteens and the like were rusted and falling off their hinges, rubbish from shooting related activities was all over the place and some barriers had been vandalised. The main door to the fort interior was locked tight and we very nearly missed a way inside, when we did move the obstacles out of the way and stepped into a long and narrow corridor I think we were all surprised by how much this place kept giving (or at least I was). In the end it went downwards 5 levels, and at the lowest of these there were cable tunnels that went on longer than I could really gauge, I'm thinking several hundred feet. There was also what seemed to be a prison at this lowest level and some defensive structures to allow defenders to shoot down the tunnel, at the end of the tunnels a shaft went directly to the surface and we could hear traffic above us which gave some indication to how far they must have travelled since it was pretty rural and quiet directly around the fort. Looking out through a locked gate. This is half way down the stupidly long cable tunnel, the path zig zags and a defensive position is put in place to fire down towards the exit. The shaft going directly upwards 5 levels at the end of the cable tunnel, ladder rungs have all rusted off. Directions and hallways. Exterior Pre-Metro / Unfinished Subway A poorly planned underground project similar to the one in Antwerp but never built out as much. Presently these tunnels seem to be used as storage for the cities' infrastructure and transport museum. There were some very old vehicles in there and others that were used in years previous. Some form of security system was active down there and we decided not to provoke it too much, further on I understand there to be the foundations for a station. Possibly the oldest carriage down there, sat next-door to a ticket booth. The wall was bricked up behind this and the tunnel u-turns before going deeper. Some really nice old adverts in there too. A warning of surveillance and sure enough, some loud beeping further down this tunnel. Moar tramz. Tons of boxes full of documents and smaller items, this was laid out before we got here, old wind up route signage I guess. University Campus This electrical engineering campus for a University closed in 1977 and students were moved to a more modern spacious site, I've read they're now working on refurbishing it although I'm not sure if it'll still be focussed on it's original subjects. A fire crew pulled up to the building next door alongside 4 fully keyed up people coming into the site during our visit, so I didn't get to see 50% of the place, really nice exteriors as well which are listed. Old Turbine Hall A really nice old turbine hall, built in 1912 to support the surrounding industrial complex which was mostly involved in car building and then railway infrastructure. Some of the turbines and compressors are still in place, no idea how packed the hall was once. Seems to be used rarely for events, the rooms round the back were in worse repair than the main hall, open to the elements in places. Lights switched on along with a lot of noise suddenly so we had to scarper shortly after we had enough daylight to photograph the place. ;/ Ruien Powerplant. Currently being pulled down by a demo team, turbines still mostly intact, the exterior is a bit of a mess and some connecting buildings are half gone. Some workers and forklifts driving through during our short visit, looked quite similar to other ElectraBel plants I've seen although probably the largest turbine hall. Slate Mine I can't recall it's real name :/. A mine with a lot of the tracks and carts still in place, was told it was slate although we only saw a small amount of it down there so probably mixed use. Some other �$%& Getting a bit too pic heavy now, actually have quite a few more worth sharing. But I'm at the limit, so a few (3) shots of other sites: Most of what's left at a power plant for the local steel manufacturing industry. Phone rays. Wevsky's lunch break. Spent some quality time at local steel works, blast furnaces etc, 1 mothballed power station and one in black start (everything ticking along), and some very old glassworks which were interesting (esp the live part ;-)). Thanks Rawski for all the work put into the organisation. And was great to meet Wevsky and Obscurity, fun and manic trip. Cheers for reading.
  2. Had a fantastic time exploring a few sections of these mines with Le Kwan, Lenston, Rawski and Crooner. Thanks so much guys for having us, really enjoyed it. No awards for the photography here unfortunately but some amazing colours down there and some of the industrial heritage remains there in a very rusted and delapidated state which works for me. I've totally nicked some info and history from http://www.fforestfawrgeopark.org.uk, sorry. Silica mines at Pontneddfechan The area around Pontneddfechan at the head of the Vale of Neath is one of very few in the world where sandstone has been extensively worked in underground mines. But then this is a very special sort of sandstone. Silica Rock In the steep walls of the gorges of the Nedd Fechan, the Afon Mellte and the Sychryd are exposed beds of a very hard and pure sandstone which have come to be known as ‘the Silica rock’. It is in fact the lowermost of a whole family of such beds which collectively are termed the ‘Millstone Grit’ – a gritstone is simply a sandstone formed from coarse angular grains of quartz or ‘silica’. It is the purity of these rocks – almost 100% silica (SiO2) – that made them a target for miners from the 18th to the 20th century. The burgeoning industries of industrial South Wales needed large numbers of heat-resistant bricks to line the furnaces in which copper and iron-smelting took place. Only bricks made from more or less pure silica could stand the intense temperatures without shattering. The silica rock was worked through a series of adits – horizontal mine passages driven into the side of the hill – both behind Craig-y-ddinas and on either side of the Nedd Fechan upstream of Pontneddfechan. Dinas Rock Silica Mines The mines behind Dinas Rock were a rather larger affair than their cousins alongside the Nedd Fechan. Several large entrances are still clearly visible from the path which drops steeply down from the top of Dinas Rock to the Sychryd. Note that although they are situated on what is now Forestry Commission access land, none of the mine entrances should be approached due to the danger of rockfall. The underground galleries were very extensive, extending over an area some 1000m x 500m. Parts of the mine are now flooded, others will have become unstable. The material was transported by a series of tramways and inclines and indeed overhead cables suspended on pylons, down to the valley floor and then onward to the Pont Walby brickworks. The former tramway along the southern side of the Afon Mellte is a modern-day bridleway which allows the route to be traced on foot or pushbike. In later days the material was taken to a brickworks at Swansea until the whole operation closed down in the 1960s. Rawski cycled there in his sandals! Respect! Really enjoyed it here, thanks again Kwan and Lenston. Thanks for looking
  3. If anyone is interested in exploring mines in the land of Guinness & Leprechauns check out: http://www.abandonedminesofireland.com/
  4. Explored with Therealindianajones, Harry and Helen
  5. Here's some pictures from the mines I've visited over the past month. They're a mixture of ironstone, limestone and lead. Visited either on my own or with Pyroninja, Keith Pratt, Scattergun, Wolfism, Dave T and/or Dave W.
  6. I've been concentrating on mines lately, here's some of the ones I've visited over the past month. They're a mixture of Ironstone, Limestone, Copper and Shale: Visited either on my own or with Pyroninja, Scottiedog, Kachangas, Dave T, Keith Pratt and Stussy. For some reason the enter button doesn't seem to work on here. Any chance a mod could add in a space between the pictures?
  7. Al reet folks heres a story Zeche Db...from the start this was a fail we pulled up in a residential area in a super market car park 5 of us bailed out of the car straight onto a live railway line in full view of locals and shoppers .........after a 5 min walk through trees and brambles we hit our access ( seeing a transit van and a Mercedes and workers in high viz jackets ) lets ignore them workmen........... ok once on site we realized it was a no go also we saw a police patrol car scoping the area erm erm erm thats for us !!! Time to bail .......SO WE DID ..........now we made it back to the car only to see a local copper ride up to us on a bicycle , he stopped put his bicycle on its stand and proceeded to pull his 9mm side arm form its hustler .......then screaming at us in German blar blar blar snort snot blar ....us English were like what the fuck is he saying he started waving his gun at us .....now Pierre had to translate ...put your hands on the car roof and spread your legs ..................fuck its on ............so we did next thing i see is a patrol car come screaming into the car park were talkin blues and twos the whole nine yards .....eventually the car came screeching to a halt and two more cops were on the scene and yet another car came in bound ............what all this coz we were taking photos ......no they thought we were metal thieves which is very understandable as we had just spent 3 days in Belgium sleeping ruff and wearing the same clothes ( urbex its a nasty hobby ) now after a chat with our German counter parts we were sorted even ended up having a laught and a joke with the police aaawwwww bless them they thought they had a result fucking numptys 1. 2. 3. Zeche P.... 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. The Baskets ( case ) 13. 14. 15. 16. Mine in the woods ...........took time out to climb to the top some epic view of the German countryside 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. continued over leaf ;-)
  8. Found this list a while ago, interesting read, apologies if this is anyone's website, a few on here you probably been to/ heard of:. http://www.nettleden.com/venues/page/2/
  9. This was our second visit to this area, i have no history on this place all i can tell you is it is a stone quarry with 4 stone mines within the faces, there was a rail line within the quarry which went down hill to the railway for off loading there stone. on with the pics. 2 of the ways in woot. A reet nice 'miners deads' wall hope you liked the pic's ill see what info i can dig up, to be honest im mowed under with work
  10. This place is so steeped in history its hard to know where to begin, the Copper in this area was mined around the 1590's by the company of mines royal and the mining continued right up until 1642 (the outbreak of the civil war) with little more done in the 17th century. By the 1760's the Macclesfield Copper Company was formed and spent over 37 years working the rich vein Bonsor in Coniston, before this the old German workings (mined around the time of 1559) went to around 150+ feet below the surface also Paddy End and Tiberthwaite mines were mined in this period too,apart from hand drilling gunpowder was used to blast through the volcanic rock and progress would have been very slow and by the 1790's the mines were now around 300+ feet deep with now a wrong decision to close the mines as they were thought to be unproductive. In 1824 Mr John Taylor a famous mining engineer came to Coniston with many years of mining experience from the mining fields of Derbyshire/Devon and Cornwall, he changes the old disused copper mines in to the most profitable and largest copper mines in the north, he was soon driving new access tunnels into the Bonsor vein and Paddys End mine (well below the German old mine workings and by the mid 1820's he started his most ambitious project the driving of the deep adit level know knows as "The Deep" or the "Horse Level", this ended up been over 1.5 miles in length serving as an excellent tramway for horse drawn wagons from all parts of the mine. the most prosperous times is in the 1850's at a depth of 540 feet below deep level also around this time another deep level had began this time in Tiberthwaite mine which helped to de-water the old workings this level was to be named Barratt's level after the mine manager, this was over 3000 feet long and took over 10 years to complete. 1856 was the highest production for the Coniston Copper Mines with an output of 3659 Tons of copper oar with a value of £27.861. The mines were so productive that it was decided in 1858 to construct a branch line from the Furness Railway at Foxfield, thus doing away with the slow, laborious carting and boating of ore via Coniston Water to Ulverston Canal. This means of transport had been in use since the destruction of the Keswick smelters in the mid-seventeenth century. The railway line opened on 18th June 1859, During the 1860's the output of copper ore began and irreversible decline. In 1860 it was less than 3000 tons of dressed copper, and four years later had dipped below 2000 tons. The workings on the Bonsor Vein were so deep that the cost of maintaining services, hoisting, timberwork and pumping etc was mounting. Up to 16 waterwheels were said to be operating around 1870 All this work was done under tallow candle light. Many of the deep veins were only reached by wooden ladders and stagings with workings now going well below 1500 feet with 500+ feet of this below sea level bringing a sad end to the Coniston Copper Mines. In 1897 the old engine shaft wheel stopped for the last time after the robbing of the ore pillars below Deep Level had been carried out thus leaving the mine in a dangerous state, in the same year the engine shaft wheel was dismantled and scrapped with now only some ore mining done at the higher end of Paddy End and Red Dell until the turn of the century. In 1908 a French company was set up with an electrolytic plant to process the extensive spoil heaps, the company lasted out until 1914 (the first world war), the final water wheels were removed and scrapped in the 1930's and only in the 1950's has there been any prospecting work with nothing since, the mines were left to decay showing only a reminder of the prosperous past. One of many flooded shafts... Time for a go at caplunk !... link for more pics below http://s948.photobucket.com/albums/ad32 ... 1QQtppZZ32 Hope you like the shots.......what a day of fun.....
  11. Right must say these where to be my first mines,got Txt from troglodyte thursday night..here wevsky wanna come and meet me and me missus up here for a few mines..yes says me if i can get there.So few txts later got hold of Maniac who was well up for the road trip up there.I have a pdf file with a lot of info on the iron mining industry including some maps and some info on both these mines.But due to the fact that the maps and detailed info gives exact locations to the mines i really cant use it,so this report is more about my first mine and meeting up with some great people along the way..This was a trip up there with maniac to meet troglodyte his missus *char* and to then meet up in a pub carpark with DHL fazey and one other guy who tbh i didnt catch his name so sorry there mate.. Right the first mine was Church North ...then after a quick change a sneaky pint and a chat with Troglodyte and his missus the second mine (willow close) which was visited without dhl fazey and the other bloke they had other plans ..right on with some pics..one passage in an iron mine looks pretty much like another so i wont over do it with the pics Right on with willow close Right thats me done..thanks again to maniac wh agreed to come along and did the driving..nice one troglodyte for the invite..shame there was major traffic jams on way home took 4 and a half hours to get back..thanks for looking