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This is one of the kettles in which they boiled the straw. For some unclear reason it was removed, though it now rests only a few meters from its original position.

Impressive rollers and a forklift of some kind.

This must be the place where they transported the straw to the attic. On the attic the straw was separated from left over grains of corn. These were not allowed into the cardboard making process as they made the cardboard sticky.


There are three large boilers in the boilerroom. I suppose they also supplied the heat for the straw-boiling-kettles as well as steam for the steam engine.

Guess what? A steam engine. On the right the piston. The piston-rod and the crankshaft are covered. In the back a dynamo for generating electricity, more to the front some coupling wheel and completely in front the drive wheel. This is (was) connected to the machinery in the first step by thick ropes (still present on the floor) and further on by a shafts and belts system. (The pillar in the middle is not shaking, just a little photo stitching problem.)

From the other side.

A kettle still in place. Pulleys and shaft on the right. The bearing made a very long grease streak on the wall.

Another 'bolkoker' and grinding stones.

For some reason the other kettle and grinding stones were removed from this floor. Seems like an attempt was made to demolish the factory, though this attempt was quickly abandoned.
There was a very unreliable wooden staircase leading to the attic, which I didn't dare to use. Further to the back more and more halls filled with machinery followed.

 

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