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Report - Old Warehouses - Waterford, Ireland - September 2015

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by MJ-XX, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. MJ-XX

    MJ-XX 28DL Full Member
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    This is a large warehouses complex based about 1km north of Waterford City, close by to the Red Iron Bridge (which I did a report on previously). http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/red-iron-bridge-waterford-ireland-august-2014.t91626

    In brief, from what I gathered the main role of the warehouses was for oil and petroleum products, used by the TOP Oil company, it's still somewhat in use today as a filling point for tanker trucks, but it's all locked up aside from the occasional truck coming in.

    Another part of the complex seemed to be a courier depot, and there's evidence that it was used for alcohol cargo via train. Old documents and train tracks on site seem to suggest so.

    There is also evidence of a docks being used there, but I have very little or no information on this place so I'm going by what I found there.

    Seems to have closed around 2001. However, as I mentioned there is still one large fuel tank in use at the rear of the complex for oil storage.

    The trip:

    When I arrived at the front gate it appeared to be open with a fuel truck inside. So I took the long way around and decided to walk over to the old red iron bridge for a better vantage point. Here I could see the truck leaving and locking the gate

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    2. I walked along the river, the first buildings I came to appeared to be in relation to boats and docks. The warehouse was huge but empty, very tall. Not sure what it's purpose was.

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    4. There was an old boat beached on the dock.

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    6. The main yard had old train tracks embedded in the concrete. The dock was behind me here, to the right appeared to be the cargo depot. The centre building was a main office for TOP oil, and the left is the warehouses.

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    7. Inside of the cargo depot

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    8. Lots of cork

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    9. Iarnród Éireann run the railroads in Ireland

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    10. Upstairs I found a lot of old photo's, brochures from Manhattan, and newspapers dated from 2001.
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    11. The photo pictured right above, featuring two women in jackets had this written on the back. It made me feel particularly sad at how it was just discarded here.

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    12. Trains still pass in front of the complex every 30 minutes

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    13. Spent the next while walking around the large empty warehouses.

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    17. None of this was accessible. The stairs up had been cut
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    20. Next I checked out the office building.

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    21. This place was full of customer records and bank statements. There was hundreds of folders everywhere, and floppy discs too. Good to know the company have their customers best interests in mind.

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    24. I wonder what this girl is doing today. Probably the same age as myself
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    25. Got a bit of a fright at the tanker truck driving in the front gate. ;)

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    28. Followed it around after it left. Fuel storage and filling area. There was active CCTV here, modern and working but I walked past it several times and nothing happened so I doubt it was being monitored live.

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    And that's it! Nothing overly interesting, but it was worth an explore.
     
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  2. Minisinead

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    amazing typical Ireland leave behind the important stuff ;)
    Nice photos :D that boat is a bit creepy looking.
     
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