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Report - Castlebridge Colliery surface buildings, Aug 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. dweeb

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    OT, Turk and I did the headgear here many years ago, and back then the buildings around it were still in use. Fast forward five years or so and this is what they have become.... Seriously, the neds have gone WILD in this place!

    Castlebridge is worth seeing if your interested in your coal. It is one of the few pits in the UK to be fully constructed post war. When these buildings were built they would have been state of the art. As with the workings below, this was indeed the future of the coal industry.

    Castlebridge closed forever in grand style when the whole mine flooded. There is much speculation over the cause of this disaster, and if you have an interest in pits and would like to know more I'd recommend a read of this
    http://www.hse.gov.uk/mining/longannet.pdf

    The former showers had been converted to archive storage when deep mining had ceased and I was literally ankle deep in NCB epic for quite some time :) As the power is now off (I can guarantee that fact by the shell of a substation we walked past) I figured I wouldn't better my headstock photos without the help of the sodium lights so we just stuck to ground level.

    I'd also like to point out that the offices, complete with sodden ceiling tile mush under foot is the future of urban exploring we have to look forward to :confused:

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    We were quizzed whilst parked up by the boys in blue here, never mind half the population of Alloa who were roaming around on the inside!
     
  3. dave

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    The day i went it took 2 trains a bus and very long walk only to find the place crawling with workers (removing asbestos apparently) that said the foreman was ok and let me wander about on the understanding he hadnt seen me.
     
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    That archive room was upright and largely intact as recently as April this year but it was trashed by July. Headstocks have been savaged by the metal thieves though, and yes - it is pitch black up there.

    I had wondered why we couldn't find the shower rooms - thanks, this explains a lot!
     
  5. dweeb

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    Took me a while, thinking we had missed them and then the penny dropped!
     
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