This stunning abandoned power station was part of a large industrial site in Corbehem which consisted of a number of paper mills.
So I came to the site for a control room that had been a rather popular location for urban explorers. We arrive to a demolition zone with a number of buildings in the distance. The pin we had was this building so we wondered through rubble. We didn't have long and I was concerned we may not be able to find the control room in time. We easily found a way inside and I couldn't believe my eyes! I was welcomed with the second shot of this report. A stunning control panel and a big turbine. How can this be a tourbus location where lots of urban explorers go and I haven't seen this beauty before? Anyway we crack on with the little time we had and grabbed our shots.
The power plant was built in 1936 a smaller Alstom unit and a much larger Rateau Schneider, this was flanked by an impressive control panel which nearly spanned the length of the turbine hall. Who needs a stupid control room anyway. Well it turns out Kat did.
While exploring the building I discover there is even more, this isn't just a power plant, its a paper mill that is amidst demolition. Even though a lot of it had been demolished there was still a fair bit to see, which will be featured in my next report.
It turns out the popular control room is across the river. At this point I realised I had to return, there was so much more to see here. When I got home I managed to find someone who had been here before me and I had certainly missed some parts of the power plant. I returned two weeks later with Behind Closed Doors to finish up the power station and see what else was here.
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