Old company had contract for clearing up the scale during a shut down f*cking mad hot& made to wear f*cking clog like shoes cos of heatNot sure this is in context, but had to chip and being reminded of the fun of working at British Steel
I wish someone had the chance to do the same photo work at the Ravenscraig before it become a park, I wish I had thought to photograph it when I was there but back in those days risking a camera would have been scary, plus the grief I would have got would have been murder. I spent time in the sinter plant and concast at Ravenscraig as a lowly grease monkey, while the pictures capture the scale of the place, the noise, smell, dust and heat made it a whole different place. When you were in the sinter plant did you notice what looks like a horizontally mounted cement mixer, was called the 'noddy' drum because of the shape and actually mixed the sinter? About 20-30ft high we had to crawl over it to grease up the nipples, with a gearbox we climbed inside to clean out and refill. The dust around the sinter plant was a couple of feet deep, when it rained (as it does sometimes in Scotland) it was not unusual to lose a boot if you strayed off the path.
The concast was a scary place, the schematic really did not do it justice, Ravenscraig had multiple units and every week they would turn one off for about 6 hours. At that point the blast doors would open gushing steam and heat out, then we went in and climbed up the access path beside the rollers and manually pumped grease into each roller using an air pump. there was an automated system but the constant heat, use and water would cause seizures. A broken roller could shut down the unit for hours and back then the loss of a days rolling was considered a disaster. Being switched off for just about an hour before we went meant it was not a nice place, still red hot to the touch, but we were lowly contractors and as the youngest I got the 'nice' jobs. My memory may be going but the table over the concast was an oscillating table, maybe a different system.
What I do remember was that British Steel owned the patent on the concast system at that time, with steel coming in to be rolled and shipped all over.
Thats what it was like when we went last Feb. Surrounded by shitloads of secca yet we walked out lol It was good fun though.Yep. Its dripping in PIRs now. Good fun tho! We got surrounded on the blast furnace by about 20 guys and still got away lol. Realistically tho thats about all you can do that would be worth the effort. All the lights are off and stuff like the power station and coke works are locked up inside and out now anyway. Couple that with hardly being able to get near the buildings without triggering alarms you cant really do much exploring.