Boiler Room Steam pipes snake up the walls like vines, but with asbestos. Related Similar Images ...based on the tags: black&white, boilers, machinery, pipes, windows... Latin; to grow. Root of the English word ‘surge’. The spiral staircase ends in the basement, where two oil tanks (for the lantern) and a freshwater tank (for the Keeper) were stored. The basement consists of two long arched vaults like this. From the bottom of the skyway I looked back, my eyes tracing the vines from the marsh up the smokestacks to the perfect Midwestern sky. Where the approach meets the dock. I had to climb into the roof of the half-demolished skyway to see through to the other side of the train shed. That’s my foot in the corner. This is the former air compressor house–one of them, at least–which turned steam power into air power to drive machinery across the production line. The backdrop has become the pallet for water damage and graffiti. Scrappers infamously gutted the factory, but this one green conduit going from the sintering floor all the way to ground level seems to have been spared. Someone had helped themselves to one of the safety posters before my visit.