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    • By Hooismans
      History
      This colliery was opened in 1901 due to the increasing demand of coal in this heavy industrialized area of Germany. After that this coal mine grew rapidly in the amount of employees and the amount of coal that was made in this place, this complex made on its peak around 9000 tons coal per day. In 1997 this coal mine was sold to another big german coal mining concern. in 2010 this place needed to be shut down to new environmental reasons and because mining coal in this area was outdated and too expensive. 
       
      Our explore:
      when we went to this place we didn't really knew what to expect of this place this was because we didn't really saw any photos of this place at that time, i only knew that there was a nice cooling tower on this site and that there was a control room somewhere. When we entered the complex we could pretty much walk free around, there warent any camera's or sensors at the time of exploring. After walking around for awhile we found an entrance to the admin building. When we got inside we were absolutely staggered with the state this building was in. Everything was still like the closing day in 2010, and it was really nice and warm inside (75 degrees Fahrenheit). There was also an amazing room full of baskets, this one is probably one of the better examples. 
       
      I really liked exploring this place!
       
      Elephant by Hooismans, on Flickr
       
      Bergwerk HR by Hooismans, on Flickr
       
      Cooling Tower by Hooismans, on Flickr
       
      Cooling Tower by Hooismans, on Flickr
       
      Bergwerk HR by Hooismans, on Flickr
       
      Baskets by Hooismans, on Flickr
       
       
      I also made a video of this place where i tell the history of this place. And where i explain were certain rooms were used for.
      It is is dutch but i has Subtitles.
       
       
       
      Thanks for reading through!
    • By SpiderMonkey
      Before heading to this colliery, we had been viewing photos of the recent demolition. Images of headstocks lying crumpled on the ground didn't exactly give us much hope, but without any other options until much later in the day, we headed on to see if there was at least a scrap of something nice left behind. It turned out that it was largely the plant side of things that had been demolished, and these areas often turn out to be fairly uninspiring anyway. To our surprise, a big handful of buildings were left behind, including the bath house, admin, and the tall winding tower, which was our first target. 
       
      Visited with @AndyK!, Terminal Decline and @extreme_ironing

      The colliery operated from 1901 until 1997, when the site was acquired by RAG, at which time it became Bergwerk Ost. It was fully shut down in 2010. 

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      The next target was the bath house and admin building, just a quick dash across the road - 


       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      Lamp room - 
       

       
      Admin - 
       
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      Some front areas were quite grand -

       


      Next was the power house, which turned out to be much better than expected - 

      Upon first glance, the building appeared to be completely turbine free, only revealing only a large hall and an alright looking control panel - 


       

       
      But upon further inspection, we found this tasty greenboi, which made it all the more worth it - 


       

       
      There's a couple more bits to see here, would be interesting to see inside if anyone manages to crack the last bits before it's fully redeveloped.
       
      Cheers 👍
       
       
    • By Ghost-Scooter
      I know the Ruhr region being active from many trips to visit my grandparents in my childhood. Chimneys were smoking all over the way on the left or right of the highway. Last year the last active coal mine was closed. So I definately had to explore an old mine. Unfortunately I decided for the wrong one - it already has been demolished. Being disappointed from the first stop I decided to visit a not that spectacular mine that was around and surely open. Sadly this one was destroyed by vandalism but still representative. 
       
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    • By Ghost-Scooter
      It had 27°C when I visited Rosemarie's really tiny mold house.  Humidity and mold hampered breathing. The narrowness inside made it hard to find a good postion for the camera. Sadly there were hardly no personal things left but anyway.. that's the way I like it ..  uh-huh, uh-huh 
       
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    • By Mikeymutt
      I have been to Sculthorpe many times as it is local to me.but I have never ever seen the bomb stores in all my visits there.so seeing as I ain't been for a few years I thought I would try the bomb stores.situated over the other side I approached them from a different way.a long walk through fields and then I got to the fence,I thought I was going to have to give up,then I found a little gap.Whilst I was there I gave the control tower another look as I have only been in it the once.RAF Sculthorpe started off life as a satellite base to West Raynhasm in the second world war.after the war it had a total overhaul and in 1943 it was handed over too the US airforce.over the years all sorts of planes were based here.including B-45 bombers.capable of delivering nuclear warheads.these bombers was America's first deployment of planes since the second world war.Sculthorpe was known locally as quite a secretive base.a lot of plnaes use to come here what were not standard to the normal US airbases.the runway was one of the longest in Europe and was heated.it was said that the runway was one of the designated runways to take the space shuttle if it ran into trouble.the base was closed at the ed of the cold war.the domestic and technical sites were sold,the airfield side was retained and is used for training.I have been up there in the evening and seen the Americsan hercs flying low dropping parachutes, and occasionally landing the planes.

      The bomb stores were not as big as some I have visited as in amount of buildings.but I get the impression a lot of the buildings have been demolished over the years.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      Old warning signs around the perimeter fence.
       

       

       

       
      The tower you have to be a bit careful of getting this right as it is I the middle of the airfield so best to get a quiet weekend morning.the tower is only one of four built.one at Raynham which is being done up as a residential place,and a great job they are doing of it too.one is demolished.and the other is in use still.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      They even had there own bar in the tower.
       

       

       
      I found this building a little bit off distance from the tower what I had never bee in.
       

       

       

       

       
      Whilst iwas here I decided to give some of the other buildings a look.the comms and MP block,the two storey block,and three storey block,school and mess.sadly these are starting to look worse with a lot more graffiti than there ever was in them.

      Communications and MOD block, there is also a plotting room for operations inside and other briefing rooms.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      The Truman is a large three storey accommodation block for single personnel. It had phone booths and social room and shower blocks.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      he school and sergeants mess. which had a dining hall and social club and several accommodation rooms.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      There quite a few smaller blocks for accommodation too. These are just two storey and an S shape.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      The telephone exchange
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      And finally one bit ihave not seen before either.the old base shop.it was located near the accommodation blocks and the housing estate.and would have served the families and personnel.it had been opened up again as a shop but without much luck it seems.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
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