1. Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections plus a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. Creating an account removes some ads, allows you to post replies, start new topics and threads, and gives you access to more features including bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Brunner Mond, Winnington - Feb' 16

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Boba Low, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. Boba Low

    Boba Low ____/
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Messages:
    287
    Likes Received:
    115
    Thought I'd sling up a quick report just to remind people how much else there is on offer here. Since Speed's report last year I've seen one other post covering the more recently closed areas courtesy of SammyDoubleWhammy, and I know other people have visited too, but recent reports have just been of the same bit everyone used to do before 75% of the rest of the works closed.​

    Visited here with Dempsey as a backup potential turbo lead having driven a stupid distance at stupid AM and finding ourselves at a loose end at least four hours from home. There were people about including security but aside from a minor encounter involving a hasty dash round a corner very early on we didn't see anyone. I was dragging my feet initially, being geared up for some 3000rpm's and instead being faced with a moderately aesthetically pleasing row of rotary kilns, but progressing through the works it got steadily livelier. Eventually we found that one room from Sammy's shots that had spooled us up and immediately ran slap bang into a row of three turbines, then realised there was another row of three either side of that! Probing further into this very loud hall revealed that it had at least 13 turbo sets in situ configured as exhausters or compressors, with a further row of four having ben removed. Old school chemical works rank highly on my list of awesome things already but this was basically one of the coolest places I've ever seen - not quite on the scale of seriously heavy industry but with completely its own intricacies and recognisable machinery being used for unique purposes, put it this way, the solvay towers themselves (manufactured at Stanton iron works) were about 30m tall apiece! That's the size of the actual molten metal part of a blast furnace.

    Enough waffle, some Superia 400:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    Rotary kilns (as seen in cement works etc.)

    [​IMG]
    Scrubbers (as seen everywhere)

    [​IMG]
    Looking down the side of a Solvay tower from probably the 3rd level. (As seen nowhere in the UK outside of Winnington/Northwich)

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    Uuuhhhh ___/ ...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    Older compressors that had been decommissioned a good time earlier. Behind these, hidden by a curtain of sheeting, there was another spooling up and down frequently like an asthmatic industrial lung. It would have been tragic if it hadn't been so loud.

    [​IMG]

    Ta for reading :)​
     
    #1 Boba Low, Apr 19, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2016

    Remove this ad by donating or subscribing.

  2. Camera Shy

    Camera Shy Old enough to know better
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2011
    Messages:
    1,062
    Likes Received:
    683
    Nice one, and you're right, daft how under appreciated this place is when people still churning out st joes reports etc ......jeez I sounded a bit like speed then :-)
     
    AndyK and tweek like this.
  3. Boba Low

    Boba Low ____/
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Messages:
    287
    Likes Received:
    115
    I hate to say it as much as anyone else would, but sometimes, just sometimes, @Speed is right :p
     
    #3 Boba Low, Apr 19, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2016
  4. The Amateur Wanderer

    The Amateur Wanderer 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2012
    Messages:
    634
    Likes Received:
    671
    ___/ indeed haha

    I knew there where turbines, but not quite to that extent...
     
  5. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Messages:
    794
    Likes Received:
    333
    Home Page:
    Beautiful shots dude, really shows the place off. Film really suits it I think. You ever had a bigger turbine quota in one day?
     
  6. drhowser

    drhowser Bespectacled & irrelevant
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2008
    Messages:
    707
    Likes Received:
    856
    *Winnington
     
  7. Dempsey

    Dempsey The Human Turbine.
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2006
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    198
    Easy now ghost rider.

    I will forever turbine hunt with you as you also share that primal reaction to a room full of 1950's w.h Allen and Son Turbines. The reaction whereby I almost throw my camera at you in sheer happiness.
     
  8. tweek

    tweek Huddersfield Tourist Information Board
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Messages:
    869
    Likes Received:
    561
    Some colours on show there. Bet you were throwing shapes round every corner.
     
  9. jST

    jST LLS.
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2009
    Messages:
    957
    Likes Received:
    629
    Man, that's lush. Love those reddy superia tones.
     
  10. jST

    jST LLS.
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2009
    Messages:
    957
    Likes Received:
    629
    Man, that's lush. Love those reddy superia tones.
     
  11. Dempsey

    Dempsey The Human Turbine.
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2006
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    198

    Sometimes I almost want a camera or worker to witness what we get up to, its literally off the chain, all fucks go out of the window.
     
  12. clebby

    clebby ( . Y . )
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2008
    Messages:
    591
    Likes Received:
    474
    What made it all the more absurd is that the bit on the island that everyone goes to (called 'the snow factory' by the swill as I recall) was significantly harder and more secure than this side.
     
    Speed likes this.
Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Users Who Have Read This Thread (Total: 0)

Share This Page

Remove this ad by creating an account and logging in