This corner of the building was the coal room, used to feed the two big boilers inside. The steam equipment has been replaced with electric, so this section may not have changed much in the past decades.
The tunnels were full of bricked-up doorways. I wonder how many rooms under there are totally sealed from the outside world…
Standing on a caustic tank with my head out a roof hatch, I look at the sign of the last brand to be produced here.
This is a room where the actual explosive elements were mixed. In the event of an accident, this glass wall would give way before the concrete and thus direct the flames and shockwave away from the rest of the building. In other words, the glass is not just to get a lot of wonderful natural light into the building.
A typical stretch of the assembly line.
Peeling paint reveals the room numbers of the past. Kodak Trix-400 on Canon T40.
An iron gate separates vaults below the barracks.
This section of the production floor was constantly dripping. Someone had laid down giant plastic sheeting to attempt to protect the lower floors, but it hasn’t worked.