June 17, 2023

Tour Report: Auto Repair Factory S. [Revisit]

In 2014, I paid my first visit to this huge abandoned factory. At the time, my wife Birthe hadn't come along, so more than five years later, we chose the place as the starting point of our summer vacation.
I had planned to take the "back door" through an open fence on the far side of the premises that I had taken five years earlier, but since it was Monday, there was too much going on in the surrounding businesses, so we had to look for another way.
We drove towards the main entrance of the abandoned factory. There was a public parking spot pretty near, so we didn't have to walk too far, which was a good thing, since it started to rain the moment we got out of the car. We walked along the fence and the walls of the factory, and after a few minutes, we found a way in. The way we used seemed to be frequented by homeless people who used this part of the factory as accommodation. We didn't want to disturb anyone, so we quickly made our way towards the factory halls.
As I remembered from my first visit, the halls were huge - some of the largest halls I have ever seen. The graffiti had become more over the years, but aside from that, nothing much had changed.
We took our time strolling through the production floor and checking out the parts on the upper floor - storage, workshops, restrooms and break rooms.
At some point, we heard a noise from the outside, and as I looked out the window, we saw a security guard walking across the yard towards the building. He hadn't seen us or anything and apparently was on a routine patrol.
We decided to not make it too difficult for him. We calmly packed our stuff, walked down the stairs into the main factory hall and waited. As he entered, we smiled and waved at him and said hi. We told him that we saw him and wanted to make his job a bit easier, so we had already gotten ready to leave.
At that point, the security guy was completely speechless. I think this was something that never happened to him before. While he walked us out, he asked us how we had gotten in, and he told us a bit about the (at the time) current plans that existed for the place.
He let us out through the main gate, we walked back to the car and drove off to the next spot.

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