July 7, 2014

Heavy Metal - Iron Ore Loading Silo

It was quite a tour my wife and I took this past week. 7 days, 15 locations and a lot of kilometers are lying behind us. And what a trip it was! We've seen some amazing things and took some great photos! I can't wait to share them with you, so I'll get right to it.

This was the first location on our trip. I had seen this object a number of times before - you can see it right from the Autobahn. Now I finally know what it is and managed to get there.

This building was a loading silo for iron ore that was produced in a neaby mine.
The mining operations in the area go as far back as the 18th century, only then the tunnel system was of course by far not as extensive as in later times.
In the 1930s, the Nazis intensified the search and the mining for ore in order to become more indepenent from foreign resources, and so, in 1937, the mining operation on this particular site started in a much bigger way. In the beginning, the iron ore was brought to the nearest train station with trucks until in 1942, the ore mine got its own railway track and also an underground mine train.
From the mine, the ore was brought to the loading silo which has a height of 30 meters, and from there was loaded onto trains and shipped to the smelting works.

In 1962, the mining operation there was closed down because the regional iron ore was not able to compete on the global market in terms of prices.

Today, this giant sits sleeping next to the overgrown train tracks as if it is waiting for better days...knowing that there still are millions of tons of pay ore lying right below it...











































10 comments:

  1. Genial, immer wieder faszinierenden als sei man dabei gewesen

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    1. Danke Dir!! Das ist ein schönes Kompliment!!

      VG
      Jan

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  2. das schloss von dornröschen! ;o)

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    1. So wie es daliegt, hat es tatsächlich ein wenig davon ;)

      VG
      Jan

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  3. Was für coole Fotos wiedermal...Ich glaube irgendwann demnächst, muss ich mich auch mal auf die Suche nach diesen Lost Place begeben. Genial...Daumen hoch !

    Grüße

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    1. Ich melde mich, bevor ich das nächste Mal in Deiner Region uinterwegs bin!

      Greetz
      Jan

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    2. Na das wäre doch mal extrem cool ... Ich bin dabei !

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    3. Wie gesagt - sobald ich mal wieder einen Trip in der/die Gegend plane, melde ich mich vorher!

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  4. du hast ein super blog :)

    würde mich über dein feedback rießig freuen !!!!!

    mfg
    http://versuch908.blogspot.de/

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    1. Ich danke Dir für Dein Lob!
      Sei mir bitte nicht böse, aber zu Deinem Blog kann ich nicht wirklich viel sagen - sowohl Personenfotografie als auch Produktbesprechungen sind keine Themen, mit denen ich mich befasse.
      Zu was genau möchtest Du denn Feedback haben? Schreib mir gene per Mail oder auf fb.

      Greetz
      Jan

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