July 4, 2020

Tour Report: Grinding Shop II

On the last day of our short tour through the mountains in March of 2018, we wanted to spend some more time with our friend Jens and his dogs, so we decided to do only two short locations.
The first explore of the day was an abandoned grinding shop.
It was in a remote area right next to a river. There even was a public parking lot conveniently close to the place, so we could park the car without looking too conspicuous.
The rain that had accompanied us through the day (and night) before was still with us, but we didn't have to walk too far to get to the old building.
There was no fence and no signs, so we were able to just stroll around and check for a way in.
It didn't even take one minute to spot the open window and climb in.
The building was in surprisingly good condition; there was a lot of stuff standing around in the larger one of the halls - probably stored items from the last owner. Even an old forklift was standing there.
In the front part of the buildings was the large storage hall and some electrical installations. The part next to it had obviously contained the grinding machines; but this part had collapsed, and there was hardly anything left of the machinery, which supports my assumption that the grinding operation was stopped at some point and the building was used for other purposes until it was finally closed down.

Upon walking into the little hall right next to the river, we found the most exciting part of the old production facility - the hydropower plant.
It was still in excellent condition and may well be called an antique. You rarely find machines in abandoned buildings, because metal thieves steal everything they can get disassembled - and finding one almost in an operational state.

We took our time checking out all the rooms that we could get into. After that, we went back to the car and drove to the final spot of our tour...

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