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Cogwheels the size of tractor wheels and a tractor without front wheels.


Those are rails in the pavement. Remnants of the steam tramway? Clouds promise more snow.


Went back to the first part of the factory, to visit some places I skipped previously.

Found this diesel engine in a large shed with a round roof. I wonder if this is an old ships engine or a stationary engine used to drive machinery.

Just another cogwheel lying about in the workshop.

Icicles made by the leaking roof.
Left the factory grounds the way I came. I made the panorama photo below from a road some distance away. There were people in the fields between the road and the factory, I have no idea what they were doing. More people right behind me warming themselves in a car. I only noticed them after I had snapped a lot of pictures, so they looked a bit strange at me.

Second part of the factory

The third part of the factory, right next to the highway, I didn't investigate. More fences, more people around and it didn't look as interesting. Newer and less ruinous.

There is a sign saying something about a restoration. I'm very afraid it means they want to remove all the rusty old machinery, demolish all ruinous and useless buildings and make the rest in a neat and tidy museum. From the newspapers is seems the main reason to restore and tidy up is that people are afraid the asbestos will spread in a possible fire.

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I'm obviously not the first to visit this place:
Jeroens Images
Some newspaper articles from the Dagblad van het Noorden (all Dutch only):
Extra toezicht tijdens jaarwisseling op gevaarlijk asbestterrein
Scheemda neemt gok met De Toekomst
There is even a book about this factory (which I haven't read yet):
M. Bunt, Ons febriek, Coöperatieve vereniging en strokartonfabriek De Toekomst, 1900 - 1970,
Scheemda, 1999.

Here the production process of straw cardboard is explained (Dutch):
Veenkoloniaal Museum

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