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Report - Inverkip Powerstation, Scotland

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by snappel, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. snappel

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    Deciding that I'd better go and see it while I could, I had a chat with userscott about Inverkip. We agreed it had to be done. No messing about planning some big excursion - just get in the car, and go and do it. So we did.

    On arrival in Scotland, we stopped at a service station. I was disappointed that the first person who spoke had a Polish accent. No good. Back in the car then, and onward towards Glasgow. A drunken Turkey phoned, and our autopilot system was re-routed to take us to the lively Sauchiehall Street. Here we met OT, Dweeb, DK, Turk and Dazza, had a brief chat and then they seemed to disappear. I think Turk wanted to go and watch/get involved in a fight over the road or something. We were definitely in Scotland now.

    Leaving Glasgow, we arrived one misadventure later at Inverkip. It was getting on for 4am, so some sleep was needed before meeting Rooks and TurboZutek at daybreak. Unfortunately while Scott snored away, I couldn't get comfortable in my seat, so ended up making do with about 2 hours sleep.

    With morning arrived TZ, and the three of us headed for the power station, meeting Rooks, hmtlangel and Dazza inside the perimeter fence. As if by magic (well, not quite) a few minutes later we beholding the sight of the massive turbine hall...

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    The massive travelling cranes reminded me of the British Nuclear Group facility I explored earlier in the year. Huge and yellow, they'd lift the best part of 100 tons no problem.

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    Negotiating masses of pipework, gantries, turbines and ladders, we made it to the central core of the station. A staircase then took us up to the central control room, from where at one time all the operations of the plant would have been overseen and directed. As Dazza turned on the lights, the scene spread before us left us speechless...

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    The room was virtually untouched. Newspapers from 1986 and 1987, vast folders full of paperwork and documents. GPO dial phones, teleprinters, boards covered in keys, escape sets and of course, the control panels. Like the flight deck of a 747 on crack, these beasts meant business.

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    Despite plenty of trying, we failed to fire-up the station. This was a shame, but undeterred it was time for a rest and some food. Where better to enjoy these commodities than the roof?

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    The enormity of the chimney was plain to see. The roof felt high enough, but the big pipe was just incredible. No access was possible, and this was probably just as well - I think the long climb would've finished us all off.

    Back inside, we finished our visit by exploring various levels of the boiler room, admiring the sheer complexity of the station. Everything was on such an enormouse scale...

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    The power station explored and enjoyed, an old warehouse explored and some shoddy chips eaten and we were back on the motorway. Eventually, 620 miles and 24 hours after setting off, I arrived home. Job done.

    Big thanks to everyone who we met, particularly Dazza and TZ for showing us around, and also thanks to Paulo for providing helpful information last week.
     

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