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Report - Inverkip Power Station, Oct. 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by BenCooper, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. BenCooper

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    This trip was Daylighting's idea, and it was a good one - it's been a while since my last trip, and it was very good to see the old place again before demolition gets too far along.

    For those who don't know (where have you been?) Inverkip is a large oil-fired power station on the Firth of Clyde, built just before the oil crisis of the '70s it was always a bit of a white elephant and only briefly reached full capacity during the miner's strikes.

    First visit, while waiting for dawn, was to the control room:

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    Some rooms alongside the control room:

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    With dawn, we could see what we were doing, so we started with the top of the boiler houses and worked downwards.

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    Down to the boiler level:

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    Next, the turbine house:

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    Finally, some dismantling - these are giant valves from one of the turbines.

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    All the rest of my Inverkip photos are in my Flickr set...
     
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  2. Daylighting

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    I first visited Inverkip more than a year ago. I arrived by train in bright sunlight, jumped the fence and spent about five hours sneaking about the grounds before I was convinced it was locked up tight. Of course I knew this wasn't true because the reports continued to flow.

    Despite not actually getting into the building I filled two rolls of Kodachrome with some nice exteriors. I sent the prepaid rolls to Switzerland only to find that the lab had been closed for years and the films lost.

    So recently I got my revenge with a big hand from Ben. Suffering from sleep deprivation and a hangover but loaded up with fujifilm, it was back to the 'kip.

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    Hit the switch and see the lights flicker revealing a glimpse of the majesty of Inverkip's control room. It's one of the sites innumerable set pieces, on par with the first time you see the chimney and your concept of 'exploring' gets completely blown out of the water.

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    So there we go, revenge at last. This is a stunning place; go and visit while you have the chance.

    Thanks again Ben.
     
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