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Report - Road Trip, Sheffield: Firth Vickers, George Barnsley, Thorpe Marsh (September 2011)

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  1. 2wid

    2wid ratamahatta
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    My first and hopefully not last visit to Yorkshire, very positively surprised by it, one day trip turned out to be pretty epic experience, we managed to visit 3 out of 4 planned locations. Big :Not Worthy to Keïteï for showing us around, TrankmasT for driving, and Existential for pillow and blanket :)

    all locations visited with: Keïteï, Existential Nihilist, TrankmasT and Sammydoublewhammy.


    Firth Vickers Stainless Steels

    First stop on our trip, quite easy access and good chilled explore, met the best security guard on the way out, who officially allowed and encouraged us to go ahead and explore :thumb

    history: Firth Brown Steels was initially formed in 1902, when Sheffield steelmakers John Brown and Company exchanged shares and came to a working agreement with neighbouring company Thomas Firth & Sons. In 1908 the two companies came together and established the Brown Firth Research Laboratories and it was here, in 1912, under the leadership of Harry Brearly they developed high chrome stainless steel.

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    George Barnsley and Sons Cornish Works

    Simply fantastic place it reminded me of my great-grandparents shop i used to explore as a child..

    history: George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883.

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    Thorpe Marsh Power Station

    Last stop of our trip and my first ever power station, quite unique experience indeed.. :tumbleweed

    history: Construction of the station began in 1959, it being built as a prototype for all the large modern power stations in the UK. It was commissioned between 1963 and 1965. It contained 2 generating sets powered by coal, and had a gas turbine set using an industrial static version of a Rolls-Royce Avon aero engine with a capacity of 14.9 MW. On 7 January 1973 four workmen died. The CEGB was put under investigation for breaches in safety provisions but they were found to have all died accidental deaths. The station closed in 1994.

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  2. Keitei

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    Re: Road Trip, Sheffield: Firth Vickers, George Barnsley, Thorpe Marsh (September 201

    No probs 2wid :) ~ glad you enjoyed your first visit to Yorkshire :thumb

    Thought I might as well add a few of mine I took on the day.
    ~ enjoy

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  3. TranKmasT

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    Re: Road Trip, Sheffield: Firth Vickers, George Barnsley, Thorpe Marsh (September 201

    A few of mine from Thorpe.

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