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Report - Kohlenwascheries - FR & DE, July 2012.

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by jST, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. jST

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    Here are two Coal based sites from last month's trip over the channel, one in France, the other just over the border in Germany.

    They were both extremely large mines with on site "wascherie" or "laveries" which crushed, removed impurity, sorted and sized coal. More information on Coal preparation can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_preparation_plant

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    We'll start with Kohlenwasche GG.

    Boasting the tallest head frame in the world at 90m (plus two tiddlers), this mine closed in 2000 after being the most important mine in the Saar region for some 100 years. At its peak, it could shove out 1050 tonnes of raw coal per hour or 2.5m tonnes per year.

    During WW2, ze Germans used Russian prisoners of war as forced labourers to mine the coal there.

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    The internal staircase of the mega head frame, climbed, door was locked at the top, fuck.

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    Continuing on to Laverie CW, this time in the land of croissants and intermarche.

    Aside a museum on site to the French coal industry, the remains of the mine and laverie remain, rotting away. This place was pretty ropey, lots of crumbly metal walkways and staircases, just how I like it.

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