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Report - Weardale Steelworks, Co Durham - 8/6/08

xm657

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Northern Exposure and myself have been working this place out since before last xmas. We spotted it and assumed it was abandoned, only to find when we went for an explore it was very much in use. Our previous recce's had given glimpses of major engineering inside so we decided on on a live infiltration outside office hours.

We dont want the owners to realise we've been in as there's more to see, so this report is non public.

History: Weardale Steel Castings has been making major steel castings since 1864 and is still a massive plant. However it continues as a shadow of it former production levels. All the kit is still here as you'll see but doesn't get used much these days.

In its heyday the site was world renound in castings of Ships rudders, and made anchors, chains and all sorts of very large steel components for such customers as Doxford Shipbuilders in Sunderland. Each of the tools in the plant looked like they belonged to a giant, lathes as big as my house. Hope you enjoy the pictures, I sure enjoyed taking them - engineering porn!

This is a press/mould - the size of the lid is unbelievable, its hinged and a 45 ton crane closes the lid!
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A crucible for moving and pouring molten steel into a mould
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A furness control panel - notice the red AC Aux power light is on, it was humming away like big electical things do
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Massive vertical lathe, about the size of my house, the turntable is at the bottom and the tool is forced down from above
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Furnace
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Mini maglite for size comparison
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Oh wow! And the wiring to power it was impressive
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Another 45 ton crane
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One of the more derelict areas
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Lovely lighting in the area
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Outside
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As we didn't do any external shot heres a photo from an earlier recce with the site operating through the week.
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xm657

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Re: Weardale Steelworks, Co Durham - REPORT - 8/6/08

I know this post is pic heavy already, sorry, but just a couple more that I liked...

Big Furness:
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Comedy locker notice - "can the thieving f***ers who continually rob from this locker f*** off and try somewhere else. All the contents are already nicked.
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Another aerial shot
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Northern Exposure is sure to have some better shots to come.
 

Northern Exposure

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Re: Weardale Steelworks, Co Durham - REPORT - 8/6/08

Well, what can I say?? This place is just awesome and I can only say go see it to see for yourself.
Before I get on with the report, I have to say there is other stuff still on this site that maybe just as good, we just didn't have the time.

Initially, the main sheds seemed secure so we took the chance to look around the other buildings.


Xray Control Box

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Xray room with fine white powered everywhere

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We soon found a way into the main foundry, I felt so small looking up at the huge machinary. I promise yo this place is big. The pics don't do it justice.

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First thing first, up this filthy monster

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The 'headstocks'

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Views from the top

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Back down and making our way through the main hall

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A huge steel smelter

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Massive electro magnetic crane

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Furnaces

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For comparison, a truck and a smelting pot

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One for Wolfism ;)

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I have never sen a verticle Lathe before, so anyone in the know, please put some detail to this beast

20ft Dia 4-jaw-chuck

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One of two cutting tools

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This thing had a huge ring gear below the top plate. It must have made a right ol' noise when was at ful RPM.


I have never took as many pics before and have really struggled to fit this into a one post report.

Hope you enjoy!