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  1. 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
  2. This ominous building once served as the power plant for the Central State Mental Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  3. How to post a report using Flickr Flickr seems to change every time the wind changes direction so here's a quick guide on how to use it to post a report... Step 1 - Explore and take pictures Step 2 - Upload your chosen pictures to Flickr like this.. Step 3 - Once your images are successfully uploaded to flickr choose a category for the location that you have visited... Step 4 - Then "Start New Topic".. You will then see this screen... Step 5 - Now you are ready to add the image "links", known as "BBcodes", which allow your images to display correctly on forums.. Step 6 - Then click "select" followed by "view on photo page".. Now select "Share" shown below.. Step 7-13 - You will then see this screen... Just repeat those steps for each image until you're happy with your report and click "submit topic"! You can edit your report for 24 hours after posting to correct errors. If you notice a mistake outside of this window contact a moderator and they will happily rectify the problem for you
  4. Kraftwerk V is an abandoned power plant in Germany. The power plant was seriously huge – once home to 12 turbines in a single hall. The turbines have since been removed, but the turbine hall remains, complete with two small control rooms. A further, much larger control room remains in perfect condition. The control room appears to have been preserved just how it would have been when the plant closed. A vast array of traditional control panels surround the room, along with a few stations in the centre. Amazingly we also discovered the lights still work. Visited with @SpiderMonkey, getaway driver Robin Decay and even managed to drag Val out of her Darkroom. 1. Huge turbine hall 2. Cool floor! 3. Dismantled turbine 4. Small control room 5. Valves 6. More valves 7. My brother had a trailer like this for his toy tractor when we were kids. It was cool. 8. Derpy control room hidden away in the boiler house 9. Coal conveyors 10. Boiler house 11. Top of the boiler house 12. The ornamental flowers look a bit like electric motors. 13. Spacious living room 14. Two steering wheels. One for the pilot and one for the co-pilot. Are you ready for the best bit.... 15. Woah! How did that happen! 16. Plush purple seats and bright red blinds. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen eat your heart out. 17. Bat phones. 18. Fisheye is needed to fir this lot in! 19. Yummy panels.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Construction of Chernobyl's reactors number 5 & 6 continued throughout the night of the explosion at the 4th nuclear power plant. If the glow of the fire wasn't visible from the upper levels then as dawn broke the smoke must have been. Despite the disaster unfolding next door at 8am that morning the 286 construction workers of the day shift clocked on. Construction work on 5 and 6 was soon stopped but resumed again on the 10th October 1986. Six months later on the 24 April 1987 work was once again halted and on May 23 1989 the decision was made not to complete the reactors. Reactor 5 was approximately 70% complete at the time of the accident. The 6th was scheduled for completion in 1994. When functioning Reactors 5 and 6 would have been capable of producing 1,000 MWs each. This was a highlight of the trip, somewhere none of us were expecting to see and a crazy experience involving many sketchy obstacles. Definitely not one for the faint hearted, some of the rusty staircases and ladders would've made a whore blush (sorry I couldn't think of the right metaphor). Then we had to balance on wobbly beams with drops disappearing into the darkness to reach the reactor room. Still amazed that we were allowed to go up there in all honesty but it's a different set of rules over there. The tourist trade has been slow since the conflict with Russia began so the guides were keen to impress. Hope you enjoy the pics. 1. Our first look at the place the day we arrived in the zone 2. On the approach we had no idea we would be allowed to climb to the top 3. One of many rusty old cranes surrounding the plant 4. 5. 6. Construction materials strewn everywhere on the ground 7. Some of the better steps and ladders.... 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. A collapsed crane lies on it's side below 13. 14. Some of the sketchier ladders.... 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. This was the room where the nuclear reactors were destined to be placed 22. A murky view across to reactors 1, 2, 3 & 4 Cheers for looking