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Knappenrode brikett factory(Germany)

In Hoyerswerda - Germany near the Polish border you find this old Brikett factory.
This magnificent Factory was used for industrial briquetting of lignite,build in 1914 by
"Eintracht Werke". In 1918 production started. After world war II the machines were shipped of to Russia to pay for the war damage. In 1948 The first press started again. Machines were gathered from all over the country to equip the machinehall's again. In 1965 the production reached the peak wth 1,5 million tonnes of briquettes. Modernisation stayed out so that in 1993 the factory had to close. Today everything is in the original state and therefor a great example of a state of the art factory of that era.
Today it is known as the Knappenrode energy factory. The outside area is used to display machines that were used in the Lignite opencast mines. There is also a section on Shaft mining.
The people at this museum are extremely friendly and more then happy to tell you stories about the time the factory was still in use.

http://www.saechsisches-industriemuseum.de/_html/www/knappenrode/home.htm


From the dirt road
From the dirt road
Warm evening sun
Warm evening sun
Brikett loading dock
Brikett loading dock
Backside of this magnificent building
Backside of this magnificent building
Factory main building
Factory main building
Old steam tank
Old steam tank
Majestic view
Majestic view
Beautiful brick architecture
Beautiful brick architecture
Clothing storage for the mine workers
Clothing storage for the mine workers
View from the entrance
View from the entrance
Fire station
Fire station
Fire trucks
Fire trucks
Machinehall
Machinehall
Machinehall
Machinehall
Machinehall
Machinehall
Machine area
Machine area
Modified vehicles
Modified vehicles
Working on the conveyor belt.
Working on the conveyor belt.
Russian T-100 bulldozer
Russian T-100 bulldozer
Old Russian DET - 250 modified dozer
Old Russian DET - 250 modified dozer
DET-250
DET-250
Old Russian DET - 250 modified dozer
Old Russian DET - 250 modified dozer
Modified excavator
Modified excavator
Crane
Crane
Sprocket
Sprocket
Train depot
Train depot
Train depot
Train depot
Steam locomotive
Steam locomotive
Fireless steam locomotive
Fireless steam locomotive
Fireless steam locomotive
Fireless steam locomotive
Drilling installation on a truck
Drilling installation on a truck
Bucket chain excavator for the lignite mine
Bucket chain excavator for the lignite mine
Bucket wheel excavator for the lignite mine
Bucket wheel excavator for the lignite mine
Bucket wheel excavator
Bucket wheel excavator
Sifting installation
Sifting installation
Breaking installation
Breaking installation
Drying installation
Drying installation
Steam presses
Steam presses
The actual presses
The actual presses
The end product  the briquette
The end product " the briquette"
Steam presses machine hall
Steam presses machine hall
t9%2f72%2f851572%2f4%2f144753815.zeVLKHQK.jpg A row of 13 steam presses
A row of 13 steam presses
t9%2f72%2f851572%2f4%2f144753817.D9UNOdcS.jpg
t9%2f72%2f851572%2f4%2f144753820.QlkdWbGT.jpg Transport in shaft mining
Transport in shaft mining
Transport of the lignite
Transport of the lignite
Typical E-loc
Typical E-loc
E-loc with wagon
E-loc with wagon
Defroster
"Defroster"