I like to think of this as the hardware abstraction layer. It’s one of many subassembly monorail conveyors that dipped onto the factory floor to deliver assembled subsections where they needed to be on the main assembly floor below.
The bottom of the tailings boom is rotten. In days when the dredge, floated, gangways connected it to shore, it seemed. You can see the size of the pontoons under the boat here.
Patented in 1965 and produced by Specialized Mass Markets. User would insert token and use a rotary-phone-style dial to enter their token number. The machine would tally the numbers and indicate winners depending on the sum of said numbers. See USPTO US3455557.
When a big motor rusted free of its ceiling mount, it smashed onto this workbench.
When the building switched souls from booze to bread, these contraptions were mounted across the brewhouse floors… they’re not for hops, either.
Inside a launch building you can see how the roof would split in the middle to allow the rocket to be raised into launch position.
A side view of the oven pusher from the ground. The tallest coal bunker looks tiny in the distance, though on the scale of the factory it’s practically on top of me as I’m taking the picture.
The generator room was state of the art when it was installed, allowing the complex to use motors and electric lighting ahead of its competitors.
Looking at the engine house (left) from atop the stoves.
The winch that hauled the sea leg, a decide to unload grain from waiting boats and barges.