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Report - Dredging plant, near Marcorignan, France, March 2016

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by HughieD, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Jan 15, 2013
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    Bit of French urbex on my recent holiday. This place was sat on the banks of the River Aude just outside where we were staying. No history on the place but it looks it was used to dredge the sediment up from the river for possible industrial use or maybe to keep the river navigable (?). Anyhow – like I said, a very small site but quite photogenic and hence meritous of a ‘full’ report. On with da pix.

    After walking through one of the area’s many vine yards on a glorious March morn the plant looms up at you like some kind of strange monster:

    25459862753_cf06baa034_b.jpg img4307 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Now surrounded by trees:

    25458142164_d0972d324c_b.jpg img4322 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    All supported by a series of stilts:

    25969875952_b0f403c8f1_b.jpg img4309 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    25460439083_14b976ab57_b.jpg img4324 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some of the obligatory local’s graff:

    25457617964_8ebd738c0e_b.jpg img4310 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Close-up of two of the loading hoppers:

    25969817982_6d068a9169_b.jpg img4311 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some sort of winding gear?

    25457723994_99a7fa40bc_b.jpg img4312 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Here’s the buckets-on-a-chain bit of the system:

    26062746405_ac125a7f92_b.jpg img4314 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the tower to raise the silt up:

    25789920490_3ae9f8df13_b.jpg img4313 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    From this angle it looks like some medieval war machine:

    25790140540_cee4879f7d_b.jpg img4318 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A one of the storage areas above the loading hoppers:

    25457924454_939b105278_b.jpg img4315 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Steps up to the top of the plant:

    26062661455_829b855dc0_b.jpg img4316 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Not too much to report up here:

    25970428992_e9cc3c309c_b.jpg img4319 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Finally some poignant graff on the road bridge that overlooks the site:

    25970389472_829c5d896c_b.jpg img4320 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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  2. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Mar 16, 2014
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    Nice little find; I like it when you're out and about and remnants like this crop up.
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  3. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers mate. Was exactly like that. Got out and about to see what was there and there was more than expected!
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