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Report - Kellingley Colliery, Yorkshire - December 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by AndyK, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. AndyK

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    End of an era.

    An era which has been on the decline for a number of decades. An era that made Britain truly great. An era that saw many prosperous moments. An era that couldn’t sustain itself.

    The era I’m talking about was Industrial Britain and the closure of Kellingly Colliery, the last deep level mine in the UK not only signifies the end of the UK coal industry, but puts a final end to the great industrial times Britain used to know.

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    1. External with one of the two winding towers.​

    Coal.

    The life-blood of the industrial revolution was mined in great quantities from the plentiful seams throughout the North of England. Powering everything from a blacksmiths forge to the immense power stations that are now seeing out their final days, coal was solely responsible for powering the industrial past of the UK.

    It’s no surprise then, that the decline of the coal industry and the downturn in heavy industry have gone hand-in-hand. No longer do we need to burn vast quantities of highly-polluting fuels, so the closure of the last coal mine is the final milestone of Industrial Britain. A point where we can look back at everything we have achieved, and celebrate the greatness of Britain. A moment to look to the future with wonder. Britain may have had a change in direction, but we are still world leaders in many, many sectors. We develop modern techniques and move with the times. It may be a sad day for the workers of Kellingly, but with a nod of respect to the past, we see the future of the nation in this closure and look towards a bright, clean future.

    Long live Britain.

    We've already seen the coal conveys, now let's have a proper look around :p On with the pics....
    Visited with @SpiderMonkey.

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    2. Masses of coal conveyors

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    3. Winding towers

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    4. The "Big K" workers entrance

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    5. Workers entrance

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    6. The cafe area provided us with nice chilled refreshments

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    7. Locker rooms

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    8. Locker rooms

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    9. Miners clothing

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    10. Showers

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    11. Lamp charging area

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    12. Each lamp still has the miners name displayed

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    13. Clocking in cards

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    14. Search yourself

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    15. Workers shaft entrance

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    16. Workers shaft entrance

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    17. Shaft 2 head - where the coal reaches the surface

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    18. Shaft 1 railway truck entrance

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    19. Shaft 1 railway

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    20. Locomotive at shaft 1

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    21. Locomotive

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    22. Comfy controls

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    23. Winding gear at the top of winding tower 1

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    24. Winding gear electric motor

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    25. Winding house No. 1

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    26. Winding house control room and wheels

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    27. Winding house control room

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    28. Maintenance/porn room

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    29. Tanks

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    30. The site viewed from winding tower​
     
    #1 AndyK, Dec 27, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2015

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  2. clebby

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    You've outdone yourself
     
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    Great pictures mate, top dollar those :)
     
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    Really interesting. Fantastic.
     
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    Outstanding work mate..!
     
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    Respect, you've battered that place!!

    Weird looking baths, never seen one like that before...
     
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    I've only just noticed this... PMSL!
     
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    Sterling job there man. Top derping!
     
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    Yep, top notch that is. Awesome snaps :thumb
     
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    Stunning work mate, those shots really do it justice….
     
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  11. The Amateur Wanderer

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    Top stuff as always Andy!

    Very nice report and well shot as per :thumb
     
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    Very nice mate!
     
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    Very nicely done :thumb as we'd expect :D

    TBH I wasn't interested in calling down but you've certainly made it look far more interesting than I imagined.

    Makes all the difference in the daylight & when the workers aren't still loading Coal into the Trains ......I imagine ;)
     
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    Sick job, nice looking place this.
     
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    Best report and pictures I've seen you done. You've covered quite a bit there
     
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