C’mon and grab your friends… we’ll go to very—rusty lands…
Looking into the coke batteries in the extant oven… chunks of coke are still hanging from the inner walls, despite the exterior’s wrecking ball pummeling.
Counter-weighted ore cars alternately filled and emptied to feed Furnace 7. Honestly, though, the corner-mounted cranes are sexier in my opinion. Note the trees growing from the stacks.
One of the three ovens where the powder would be heater to over 2000 degrees… hot enough to fuse iron, but not hot enough to liquify it.
The tops of the coke stoves.
This is a 1956 furnace. It was used to forge wheels, casings, and parts for the axel shop.
Furnace #6; its catwalk and tapway. Note the lever-operated gutter-blockers.
Early bird gets the blast furnace. You gotta love that ore yard gantry crane.
The working end of the blast furnace, where molten metal would flow like lava out of the furnace… a process called ‘tapping’.
Blast Furnace 7 as seen from the ore yard. Imagine running up those stairs through blast furnace smoke.
A long exposure of the side of the coke ovens, lit by the nearby streetlights.
A winding flue between the ovens for Furnace 6, capped with sketchy catwalks.
Inside the west portal is a big liquid propane hand warmer, for workers to take the cold off their gloves as they handled the switches and doors of Cramer Tunnel. Mamiya GA645 / Kodak Pro 400
Looking at Carrie from the place where the molten steel would be cast
These copulas made the iron for casting.