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.
Trees between duplexes overshadow the buildings they were planted to shield; revenge for the boards on the windows.
Inside the office was a small furnace and a collection of mechanical belts. You can see “SERVICE AT COST” and “POOL 168” in the background.
A depiction of historic Liège, known for its rivers and hills.
The front door to the auditorium.
A big door into the fire pump room.
This building has since collapsed.
The substation has definite structural issues. Pictured is the sidewalk that connected the plant to the company housing.
In front of a rust-welded Illinois rotary stoker is where the boiler-men made their mark. The last year I can make out is 1985.
The doorframes become more askew every year as the buildings slip downward into the gulch at different rates. This seems to be the part of the mine ruins where transients leave their marks. The graffiti dated back to the 1970s, at least.