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  1. Yep
  2. Some things.
  3. What's happened to your camera? There's two little blue blobs at the top of all of the photos.
  4. I don't think I've ever seen anything like that little room full of dead gents. Nicely found and shot in general.
  5. Das Stahlwerk. Part of our mega trip in August and an interesting, varied and sometimes tense explore. We had stayed in the nearby town the night before, consuming their beers and had for some reason forgotten to eat, so we went to bed hungry awaking the next morning in the half darkness to get ourselves onto this site without being seen. This was the fairly straightforward part and we set about getting our bearings as the sun slowly rose. Picking our way through the half demolished casting halls, we became aware of trucks, cars and motorbikes arriving on site with workers commencing their daily demolition work… we were trapped by workers and had to climb down the outside of one of the old office buildings and escape across the railway, meaning we actually took very few photographs of the lower part of the steel works. Oh well - back to the car and off up to the higher part of the steelworks where we managed to see the Ice house and compressor hall before heading back to our hotel and gorging ourselves on their free breakfast. Some photos:
  6. Weberei im der Wald Greetings. As has been customary for the past 6 years, it was time for another of our European holidays. This time we headed to Eastern Germany, Austria and Slovenia (via the Czech Republic) This trip was centralised around a few key buildings I’d discovered plus a whole lot more found by desktop means that were clearly disused, the status of which was unknown. Our time was primarily spent traversing the distances between these in relative luxury, contained within an Audi rocketship. Unfortunately most of what we found was either ‘big and empty’ or just not feasible, including the time we rolled into a small Czech town to ‘czech’ out an old district / factory heating plant and the entire population of the town seemed to come out of the woodwork to stare at us. However, on a couple of occasions gold was struck. This mill was almost entirely intact and absolutely packed to the rafters of goodness. An amazing place to spend a couple of hours just wandering and discovering stuff. It seems like it may have been squatted at some point as there is some really shit graffiti in one part. Luckily it is confined to one or two rooms, leaving the gourmet machinery etc untouched. The owners I believe live on site, as there were a couple of houses round the back, however, a fairly well trafficked footpath ran right next to it giving us the excuse to be walking nearby as parking our car right next door would have been a bit of a giveaway. We chose our moment and dived in. There's information abundent online about this mill but I feel that posting any part of it would probably give away the location, so I won't. Calendars and docs seemed to peter out in the mid 90’s so presuming that was the end of its heyday. As always, if you’re interested in finding out where it is and visiting, let me know by PM. The lofts are populated by many bats so caution is advised. Lots of photos due to generally excellent subject matter. One of the last pieces of finished product still on the machine. Looked like curtain material. Patterns were fed through machines and took the form of perforated paper / card, similar to a music box These were the machines for producing the patterns. Another floor Ancient toilets Some bits seemed to be a lot more derelict than others leading us to presume that half of it was already abandoned whilst the other half still worked. Another floor with more modern machinery. Offices & Living quarters. Storage lofts. J
  7. Thought I'd tag my photos on the end of this report rather than starting a new one. These were taken not too long after closure in late February. It had been one of those places that has been the subject of much 'leg work' throughout last year. I even got inside at one point and came face to face with the carding machines you see pictured in TC's report above, going at full tilt. As this things happily conclude, we were able to access the buildings thanks to a friend's keen eye and ended up having the run of this huge complex without any hitches, security, alarms or dogs. This factory made yarn for (very expensive) carpets. It took sheep's wool in one side and pricey fluff came out of the other, all via a complex system of cleaning, spinning, dying and combining. Many of the machines here came from Houget Doesberg & Bosson in Verviers, which was interesting as we'd explored their derelict production facility some years ago. Here are some photos, starting off with a view of the hills surrounding the mill: In we go, there were some vintage cars outside too. Bonus.
  8. Super, had a toddle around in here just after closure. Unfortunately it plods no longer.
  9. Greetings, here’s the first of buildings that we explored on our 5 day trip across Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia & Austria as part of my Exploration Stag do. This is a papermill, much alike those seen elsewhere in Germany. It has its own perfectly formed little powerplant, which is what these photos concentrate on. The rest of the mill did not appear immediately accessible and on peering through some windows, the impression was that it was totally empty. As with all of these buildings, when their own situation is the thing that protects them (i.e, they’re remote and not on the “beaten track”) they seem to last a little longer and fall into that delicious decayed state. It seems that the mill has been out of use since at least 2000, with documents / calendars ending in 1999. With two boilers (Baujahr 1954 & 1965) and a single peppermint green Siemens turbine (Baujahr 1954) it was of that classic Siemens layout, with the building seemingly designed around the “standard” 2130kw Steam turbine. I’d figured out the whereabouts of this particular plant about 9 months ago and had been trying to find the time to get over to Germany to visit it before it was overrun by Urbex tourists and / or Graffiti artists. Unfortunately there was a little graffiti, mainly on the outside and a couple of smashed windows but nothing major. Here are some photos:
  10. No need for apologies, just disseminating local mill knowledge.
  11. As mentioned in the report, there is loads going on at the moment, I reckon they'll get cracking on this side of the mill in a matter of weeks.
  12. Those of you who have visited the Colne Valley for exploring, tourism (or both) or general pleasure will know what a stunning part of the world it is. This is Globe Worsted Mills (est. 1887) one of the larger of the remaining few mill buildings yet to be converted in the Colne Valley, saying that, it is currently undergoing renovation on one side of the existing buidings, however, these photos are from the side not yet bashed around. There used to be one of the characterful riveted iron overhead walkways that connected the two parts of the mill, this was removed about two years ago when renovation got underway. Plans are to convert the mills into an ‘innovation centre’ as part of the sili-colne valley regeneration in an effort to attract high tech and blue chip industries to occupy the masses of floor space there is lying unused. Current status of the project is that it is underway, although it did stall for a while, read more here: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/construction-work-resumes-re-develop-9741445 Myself and Tweek took an evening stroll here and I took a few photos:
  13. Very nice chap, haven't really seen any of this before.