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  1. 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!
  2. External, as viewed from Google History Kodak’s first facility to open outside the US was located in Harrow, on a 7 acre plot of land. Opening in 1891, the site was originally used to develop photographs and kept around 100 chickens on site to supply the egg white required to coat the paper. As the factory expanded, production of film rolls started, along with the manufacture of photographic paper. By the 1950s Kodak was the largest manufacturing plant in the British Commonwealth and employed around 6,000 staff. Much more of the production process took place at the Harrow site in years gone by than it did more recently, including more coating and printing of the back of the paper. By the time of closure, only the final photographic coating was applied at Harrow, everything else was done at Kodak's site in Germany before shipping the rolls of paper over to the UK for completion. Production of photographic film ended in 2005, owing to the increasing popularity of digital imaging. As the demand for photographic prints dropped, so did production at the Harrow site. Closure was announced in April 2016, and production ceased in December 2016. No. 2 English Electric turbine with 3.6MW alternator Originally there were two of these, one was removed some time ago Turbine and lubrication systems Turbine control panel English Electric makers plate on access panel The more recent alternator No. 3 - A 5MW English Electric No. 3's Control Panel Wider view of the turbine hall These gas units replaced the old coal-fired boilers The power house control room was a bit disappointing! The retro-styled board behind was interesting - individual square pins marking out the shift patterns The old boiler house Panels and deaerator in the boiler house More panels Base of the old chimney. The chimney and power house building will be retained as part of the new development, although will be re-purposed. Switchroom Moving into the main factory - this was already mainly stripped with only a few bits of machinery remaining... A photosphere inside the control room when it was in use can be seen here Another stripped out control room Labs Lab equipment Melting vats As you approach the production lines called tracks, lighting levels become gradually dimmer. This allowed the operators eyes to adjust to the near-darkness conditions they would be working in during their shift. Rolls of paper are first loaded into the unwinder machine This machine could handle two rolls at once, one feeding into the track, whilst the other was being made ready Next the paper is fed into the coating station which bombards the surface with electrons Back of the coating station, where the paper then moves to the curtain coater to have the photo-sensitive coating applied. Finally, the coated paper is put back onto rolls by the realer, ready to be packed and shipped. The rolls of paper both begin and end their journey in the loading area
  3. I saw a couple of pics of this epic little turbine hall online, so from google maps, previous euro visits and general research I had a good idea of where it could be, also having a bit of a thing for the Belgian industry at the moment I had to have it! So while over there recently we went and checked the 2 buildings I had narrowed it down to - number 2 being the jackpot Soon enough we found our way in and were greeted by an extra bit of steelworkings as well as said turboners. Thanks to Obs for the joint effort in tracking it down and sustaining a foot injury in the process, worth it though haha I loved this place No major control room porn, and I do love a control room, but it had two larger panels and other smaller ones dotted about. And the dirty steelworks bit -
  4. 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
  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. Old turbine, I think they're going to demolish it now, I saw a small crane in front of it and fresh tracks. Small site , not much to see, a newer turbine has been installed below the old one , in a different (sealed) room.
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