|Next up were the transformers, or at least the rooms (more like
closets) in which they once stood. The doors were locked, but one
can climb through an opening underneath them and thus climb in. No
reason to do that though, as there is not much to see and no way into
the factory. Even a hole probably to small for me to crawl through
had been walled off. I only explored two of the 5 (I think), I guessed
the rest would be more of the same.
Next was a small staircase up with a small room (1 square meter or
something like that) and a small staircase down leading to a small,
dark and dirty cellar.
I didn't dare to go any further, afraid of getting noticed through
the chainlinked fence by those kids. I noticed some metal supports
on the wall somewhere around here, it might be possible to climb onto
the roof and by this way get into the factory.
Getting a bit more daring and agitated by my failure to really enter
the factory I went back and now climbed up the loading platform and
went through the sliding door. The roof of this room has completely
roof, nature slowly taking over.
of the chimney/watertower and the silo taken from the room with
the collapsed roof.
Someone had gone through the trouble of making a neat crawling path
around and underthrough the collapsed roof. Maybe kids, maybe some
outcast of modern society. In any case, it lead to another room, this
one completely intact. The roof was leaking in some places, but for
the remainder even quite clean. The riveted steel roofbeams looked
sturdy, but some had a large bend in it, like there was a huge load
on the roof. I'm still surprised about it. The roof wasn't big enough
for a pool of water of such a scale. I'm guessing metallurgy of over
a century ago wasn't what it is today and the beams are not as strong
as they look. The room was a dead end, the only other door bricked
up (and leading outside).
Intact room. Notice the bend in the
Walled off doorway, leading outside.
I climbed the wall again and walked around the factory. On the western
side (next to the stream) a part was obviously demolished and completely
removed. I'm guessing it was destroyed by fire and the damage was
so large it could not be locked/walled off. All doorways to this part
have been walled off. A heap of dirt gave me a look over a part of
the roof which was in bad shape, as in not only leaking, but with
many large holes in it.
West-side of the factory. You can
also see a bit of the front (south) side of the factory, which is
still in reasonable shape.
Same part of the factory, now in northern
The south side of the factory is in good shape, with most windows
intact. It is in use by a dealer in damaged cars.
South side of the factory, with windows
Not much has been done with the factory in the past years, so I'm
guessing it will be around for some time. I plan to go there again
this summer on a rainy day, when there's more cover from trees and