Contact US

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Abandoned Power Stations

Abandoned Power Stations

RE: Abandoned Power Stations

There's an old powerhouse in my area that was converted into a restaurant. The website doesn't have many photos but it's interesting inside.

The plant was built in the early 20th Century by my former employer - Rust Engineering & Construction.


RE: Abandoned Power Stations

There were several abandoned mills around home that stayed as they were when shut down in the 70's. It was quite interesting to walk through places that were booming when I was school kid and got to tour some places. They suffered the same fate, being demolished for scrap when price got high a few years back. This was the same fate as lot abandoned mills prior to WWII when everything that wasn't red or nailed down went into these same mills.  
As far as tunnels, mines, until about 5 years ago one could enter the southern end of string of sloped iron ore mine shafts and walk approximately 17 miles north and come out looking down on the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Nearly all these mine quit working in 60's and it is strange how people and officials forget as everyone was dumbfounded when they were constructing as large sewer line through the mountain and hit the head shaft of one of the old mines. They killed the walking path as they didn't leave a path arounf the new tunnel and filled the area with raw sewage. The construction company had one hell of a time cutting the tunnel through the ore body. This particular mine was opened around 1870 and the old miners didn't seem to have any problem removing the ore.

I recently went by an old walking portal that very few know about and so it hadn't been  sealed off and as I approached I smelled sewer gas. This portal is kinda in the family as my father used it to carry water to the miners in 1900 at the age of 8.

RE: Abandoned Power Stations

mgtrp thank you for that interesting link. I am fan of old technology (posibly because started with electromechanical relay protections and now playing with numerical ones). I always enjoy to see old relays in some substation and to wonder what this should be intended for smile

It may be like this in theory and practice, but in real life it is completely different.
The favourite sentence of my army sergeant

RE: Abandoned Power Stations

There was an old oil fired powerhouse in downtown Seattle that was converted to Condos years back, Lake Union Steam Plant by name.  As an operator's helper in college, I used to love to go through the old plant while it was still in operation as a backup peak energy producing facility.  The old equipment was something else to see to say the least.

In another similar plant in south Seattle, Georgetown Steam Plant, some of the generator ID plates said "Not for use in aircraft", and were from the beginning of the 20th century.  Considering their sheer size and weight, that blew me away.

Mike McCann
MMC Engineering

RE: Abandoned Power Stations

I was part of a volumteer team that restored an old power house designed by Albert Kahn and built ny Henrey Ford in the 1930's. This building was scheduled for demo but our group saved it and restored it.


RE: Abandoned Power Stations

Be careful what you call abandoned.  Some of the pictures on that first link are of Con Edison's 59th Street Station.  It's still alive and well, providing steam to New York City.

RE: Abandoned Power Stations

The old downtown power station in Lansing, MI is in the process of converting to commercial space. There was a big to-do about evacuating the steam line because of loud noise. The building is prominent in the skyline; it is about 200' tall and 400' wide.

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login


Low-Volume Rapid Injection Molding With 3D Printed Molds
Learn methods and guidelines for using stereolithography (SLA) 3D printed molds in the injection molding process to lower costs and lead time. Discover how this hybrid manufacturing process enables on-demand mold fabrication to quickly produce small batches of thermoplastic parts. Download Now
Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM)
Examine how the principles of DfAM upend many of the long-standing rules around manufacturability - allowing engineers and designers to place a part’s function at the center of their design considerations. Download Now
Taking Control of Engineering Documents
This ebook covers tips for creating and managing workflows, security best practices and protection of intellectual property, Cloud vs. on-premise software solutions, CAD file management, compliance, and more. Download Now

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close