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Report - Steel Rolling Mill, Queenborough, Kent - July 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Maniac, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Maniac

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    After one of the false starts trying to complete Fort Darnet (when we accidentally broke a part of the engine) Liam and me were stuck for something to do, so I suggested going here. I was aware of this place, it closed properly last year and following a lead/rumour and a report from OFE I thought it was high time I paid the place a visit so off we went.

    I've shamelessly stolen the history from the website of the company who are auctioning off all the equipment that's in there.

    You can read more here if you're interested. Merchant Bar Mill located at Queenborough, Kent

    It is being stripped out quite fast, loads of the equipment was packed and labelled ready to go, but equally so there's a lot still there. It's only a small place really, just one massive shed, but as industry goes it's not bad at all.

    On with some photos.

    The front part is very stripped as that line has been dismantled ready to be sold.
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    Loved this, mainly for the counterweight for the door.
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    Now at this point I must add we had probably only been in the building for around 20 minutes, and had just entered a smaller space at the back with some big lathes and a load of boxed up machinery in. A timely glance towards the entrance and I saw a pair of legs walking in our direction, oh dear were we seen going in? Time was not on our side, and we had to find somewhere to hide pretty sharpish as he was getting close to where he would be able to see us. So we picked this blue shed. :D

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    Yep, no door and full of the sort of noisy crap that you really don't want on the floor when you're trying not to make a noise. He passed us no more than 6 feet away :eek:, had he glanced back then he would have clearly seen me, but he didn't. We wait for 10 minutes, and cautiously exit our hiding place. The place appeared deserted again, and we walk around the section we were in taking a few more photos.

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    Bits of metal still on the lathes, they really had just downed tools and left.
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    Then Liam peers through a hole in the wall, and it was at that moment we realised the person was still in the building right at the other end from where we were, and he appeared to be re-arranging things - we had put the noises we could hear down to the fact the wind had picked up and the building wasn't exactly the most structurally intact ever.

    So we go and find somewhere else to loiter for a bit which turned out to be a store room full of mainly drive belts.
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    15 more minutes and we go and have another look, still there. We wait and we wait some more. Eventually we stop hearing noises and go for another look and hey presto this time the coast is clear and we can finish what we came to do.

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    This was about the only shot I really wanted to get from the end of the machine looking back.
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    And lastly on the way out, we pop into the control room.
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    Was a funny few hours spent in here, and it started pissing it down while we were there so we got soaked through on the way back to the car.

    Thanks for looking!

    Maniac.
     

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  2. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Liking this mate :thumb

    Nice pictorial :)

    Like the old days At work when we actually had some decent machinery :(
     
  3. Camera Shy

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    Quality, nice one.
     
  4. JaneEyre

    JaneEyre The clumsiest explorer in Yorkshire!
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    Loving that shot looking back at the machine, very nice

    sounds like you had a fun little game of cat and mouse :)
     
  5. Session9

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    Lovely mate. Blue shed and all :)
     
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    Fuck me , two reports in as many days :eek:

    Looking good dude
     
  7. Wevsky

    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    didnt you get a shot of secca from the rear?.Nice report this is a lovely little place
     
  8. Maniac

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    Fraid not. I could have done, but we were so close he would have heard the camera! I did get a shot of Liam looking through the hole in the wall, but I've not uploaded that one.
     
  9. Derphouse

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    some nice bits of machinery in this!
     
  10. nsdev

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    nice work! Seeing those shots just reminds me of the place I used to work when it was on wind-down, very sad indeed!

    I worked in mill planning for a while and one of my daily "rounds" was taking the work schedules to the roll turners (the guys who ran those big lathes in your pics re-sizing the rolls) to set up the next week's roll sizes for production.

    Really miss the charging round the mill with all the fire and brimstone going on!
     
  11. Paradox

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    Liking this a lot Maniac, big bits of machinery n stuff mmmmmmmm proper nice!!! :D
     
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