Pillars painted red indicated firefighting supplies. Fire was a very common enemy of early rail facilities, and many roundhouses burned down because of a combination of dry wood, hot, fire-breathing machinery and countless oil-saturated surfaces.
Ready for some science? Strap-in and get your goggles.
A colorful boiler is a happy boiler! RotoGrate systems remove ashes from the boiler firebox by revolving the bottom of the system to let the fly ash drop into a hopper. This greatly increases boiler efficiency.
As my friend Jonathan would say, “on a human scale.”
There are a few campers parked in the abandoned buildings around the NAD. I am guessing that they were once a more secure place to store such things OR they have always been wide open, and this was a quick and free way to dump unwanted toys.
The final ball mill in the Chain O’ Mines concentrator. Behind it was a bucket of steel balls.
Rows of offices under the power plant, which was in the middle of being demolished during my adventure. Despite the snow, this was meant as an interior.
Looking out toward Redore from the second floor of the workshop. This is why I love living in Minnesota.
A shipment board for customers that may or may not exist anymore. Let’s assume any of the products made here are probably on backorder.