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Report - Redcar Coke Ovens, Redcar, December 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by stranton, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. stranton

    stranton subterranean explorer
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    4th on my SSI redundant sites list
    1st being South Bank Coke Ovens & 2nd being Lackenby Steel Works.
    I never had much interest in this,
    as I thought it would be identical too its sister coke ovens 2 miles away.
    I was surprised too find they werent identical,
    even though there were similarities inc the gasometers and ovens.
    This wasnt pre planned no google searches or recees,
    it was a spur of the moment thing while searching for something else.
    I walked at least 2 miles across industrial & no mans land too reach here,
    too find access too the conveyors sealed with corrugated.
    Managing too access via the sinter works, which now has no electricity.
    Once I entered the miles of conveyors it was like a maze,
    because there sealed at the mid way point with corrugated.
    Even though I did manage too slip through some via a gap in the middle of the conveyor belt,
    but it wasnt long before this became impassable, so had too return too the drawing board.
    The conveyors are absolutely filthy with coal dust & particles everywhere.
    Once I eventually exited the miles of conveyors I notice the coke ovens,
    which I immediately thought oh.
    Abit eerie as there wasnt anybody about,
    except secca doing there 15 - 45 mins random rounds of the perimiter.
    Stripping of the equipment was evident, with piles of steel & debris lying about.
    Once I finished the coke ovens, the blast furnace (my original target) was a stones throw away
    but with it being dark, having too catch a train
    & knowing I had too do the whole conveyors industrial & no mans land thing all again.
    I decided not too bother & head off.
    Must of walk at least 4 miles in those bloody conveyors, but well worth the effort though,

    Redcar Coke Ovens, Redcar by stranton

    opened in 1978 by Gibbons Wilputte for British Steel,
    consists of 88 ovens split into two batteries of 44, each 5 metres high.
    Became Corus in 1998 - 99.
    Then Tata in 2007 & SSI in 2012, The latter went bankrupt in October 2015 & closed the site.
    Which included the Coke Ovens, Steel Works & Sinter Works.

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    thanks
     
    #1 stranton, Dec 22, 2015
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  2. Ojay

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    Dave & Joe woz ere :p
     
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  3. stranton

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    cont.
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    anton will return in January 2016,
    happy new year all :thumb
     
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  4. stranton

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    no thread? :D
     
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    Redcar - Dawn till Dusk thread in NP.
     
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    Another excellent report @stranton Thanks for sharing :thumb
     
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    Seem to have covered it well mate .

    Good work especially solo and in the daytime :eek: with those active patrols :thumb
     
  8. stranton

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    had a look today, its in alot better condition then.
     
  9. stranton

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    wont be doing the Blast Furnace,
    as I dont do tourism & I am no tourist. :D
     
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    I'd quite happily travel the length of the country to see the furnace even if I was the 600th tourist to do so.

    It's such an important part of our iron and steel making history and was such a bold project from day one.

    Every time I go back I find new bits and pieces that I've never noticed before or seen photos of.

    Being first isn't everything.
    I would highly recommend making the effort to get back there.

    Dave
    (first to the top of Redcar Blast Furnace, Cokeworks etc etc) :p
     
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    Bloody awesome m8ty. Some really good pics there. And totally agree being first is definitely not every thing. Most places I just want to see and feel smell etc something a picture just can't give over actually being there. Amazing stuff solo and with secca gratz m8ty. Cracking report
     
  12. stranton

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    that was my bad attempt at been a comic :D

    It would be nice too visit the Blast Furnace,
    as my work wouldnt be complete with 4 of 5 threads.
    But its the 2 mile trek across industrial & no mans land,
    followed by the 4 miles of maze they call conveyors
    (along with the dirt & particles which made me ill)
    then having too repeat the whole thing again thats puts me off nothing else.

    but yeah, I will get too the Blast Furnace,
    as dedication & risks are all part of the Pastime which I enjoy very much. :thumb
     
  13. stranton

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    thanks m8ty :D
     
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    You're doing it wrong. Are we the only ones who were sensible and just parked next to the massive hole in the fence 50 feet from the base of the furnace?
     
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    -and then walked up the wrong staircase before realising there was no walkway from the downcomer to the furnace, so many stairs.
     
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