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Report - Lots Road Power Station - May 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by jcreedy, May 19, 2015.

  1. jcreedy

    jcreedy 28DL Full Member
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    Sadly most of the cool old machinery from this place has been taken away. It's still a massively impressive space with a lot of history, and it's great to see nature slowly trying to take the place back.

    Access was tricky, and I assume will get harder as time goes on. Worth the effort though.

    History from Wiki:
    A power station at Lots Road was originally planned by the Brompton and Piccadilly Circus Railway (B&PCR, now part of the Piccadilly line) in 1897. The B&PCR was controlled by the District Railway (DR, now the District line) from 1898, and was sold in 1901 to Charles Yerkes' Metropolitan District Electric Traction Company, which built the station to provide power to the DR. The station allowed the District line trains to change from steam haulage to electric. At around the same time the Metropolitan Railway built its power station at Neasden.

    The station was built end-on to the Thames, on the north bank of the tidal Chelsea Creek. Construction started in 1902 and was completed in December 1904, the station becoming operational in February 1905. The station burned 700 tonnes of coal a day and had a generating capacity of 50,000 kW. At the time it was claimed to be the largest power station ever built, and it eventually powered most of the railways and tramways in the Underground Group.

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  2. mrwhite

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    Niiiiiiice one mate.....oh and nice avatar!! LOL
     
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    Despite the machinery having gone, there looks to still be quite a bit to look at. I like the seventh pic :thumb
     
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    Cool stuff, your shots are lovely :thumb
     
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    Thanks MM.

    KM_Punk, there's definitely enough there to see to make it worth a visit, but it's pretty bare compared to a few years ago. Thoroughly enjoyable explore though.
     
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