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Report - Ruhrpott, Germany - February 2015.

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by jST, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. jST

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    February, a hastily concocted trip saw Cregg and I flying out to Düsseldorf on a whim to meet up with Geo & t'derpyhuis who were already out in Europe and to visit our German friends Pierre, Becci and Marcel.

    As always, the hospitality was excellent, as were the buildings we visited.

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    Having a penchant for the Ruhr's mining heritage and the way the Germans designed their facilities meant that we made a bee line for one of the most recently abandoned coal mines over there. Derphuize had travelled to Germany specifically to see one of the Kaue rooms and the one here didn't disappoint.

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    Not quite as large as the one at Bergwerk West that we saw last year but still nicely appointed.

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    This mine had the oddest headstock I've ever seen with a massive integrated cantilevered coal washery effectively bolted onto the outside of the immense 85m tall winding tower. The facility was never finished nor was it ever populated with the washery machinery and is now left as a big empty dark room full of pigeons and a ropey as fuck staircase.

    Pressing on upwards past many barriers designed to stop people reaching the winding machinery at the +85m level, we finally came upon the completely intact Siemens & EPR winder and single control booth, reyt nice.

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    A breather and some fizzy apple juice later we made our descent and headed towards this delicious prison via a local wurst smothered in curry sauce.

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    Probably around 100 years old and out of use since 2006 it was again unmolested, full of prisoner graffiti and personal items.

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    Krankenhaus.

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    These futuristic, robot-esque guard towers straddled the original walls of the prison allowing the guards a 360 degree field of view/fire over both inside and outside the walls. Signage within the towers gave instruction to shoot at legs first in case of serious rioting.

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    An afternoon here with pretty much the run of the complex and a working tannoy provided a multitude of lols.

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    Time to make our way back towards the uk via a breakfast visit to a powerstation known as Ohm or Ω, recently reported on by wevsky / the raw et al.

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    Bathed in crisp sunshine, this is now some sort of event space where they've retained the turbines and control panels as features, most interesting and a welcome end to a short trip.

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    As always, detailed reports to come soon. ​
     
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  2. Camera Shy

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    Nice to see more of that Prison, nice taster, look forward to the main courses.
     
  3. The Lone Ranger

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    Another collection of quality European sites, great pics and an interesting read. Spot on jST :thumb
     
  4. drhowser

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    I've spent the weekend waiting to see what you all came up with!
     
  5. Derphouse

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    I came up with anew way to cram as much bread,meat,cheese,and mustard in my mouth in one go


    Too end.... Just realised I took no photos in the guards tower....

    But dat Kaue.... Genuinely ticked one off the bucket list
    Primo
     
  6. Ric

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    Lovely report, however, a double picture, You're slipping, duck.
     
  7. WildBoyz

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    Awesome shots :thumb That prison looks pretty cool.
     
  8. jST

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    Cheers man.

    Where? If you mean the guard tower one, it's two views, one from the outside of the facility and one from the exercise yard. Note razor wire and enclosed access staircase on one side and not the other.
     
  9. drhowser

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    Ric is right. I love turbines more than most, but those are the wrong sort.
     
  10. darbians

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    Really great images. Do like your style. I think the double image is related to the wind turbines which is actually double image x2 ;)
     
  11. jST

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    Ah now I see it... d'oh. Ric is observant.
     
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    Looks like a great trip, I hadn't realised the prison was abandoned for as long as that, would love to see it but heard it's a no go now :(
     
  14. TranKmasT

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    Lucious apparatus.
     
  15. Mr Beady

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    Such a tease Jo
     
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