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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old May 14th, 18, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone into visiting abandoned factories

Took these over the weekend.This was part of Farrel and Ansonia Brass back in the day,this place is huge..these pics are nothing compared to what's there.
Cool in one way,real sad in another...
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old May 14th, 18, 11:55 AM
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Did you ever find any old machinery in them.

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Those are some really cool photos, Mr 4.

Circa 2000, while working for the Department of Defense I visited a Bethlehem Steel machine shop in eastern PA where the building, machinery and people looked like they belonged back in the Civil War. As a tooling engineer and apprentice-trained machinist, I couldn't believe Bethlehem could build the components the Navy needed using the machines and tooling in that shop. But they did, which is a credit to the company, their people and the old-world skills they could draw on.

I'm pretty certain that facility is no longer in use, as Bethlehem long ago got out of the business of building submarine missile tube components. It would be interesting to tour those ancient buildings today, if they still exist, that is.
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Whenever I pass an old factory or other manufacturing facility it makes me think about "back in the day" when this country really built a lot of things. People had good jobs and the local economy(s) were pretty good. Not so much now and that is sad, at least to me. I guess maybe I'm showing my age again.
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I worked here 19 years.
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You will see a Cadillac photo here. I have an old black and white of this car as it was bare metal traveling through the body shop. I wonder who took that one?
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I took the family to Detroit about a month ago. A guy could spend a week there just seeing the ruins!
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Sad but true. We do not build much here now and need to stop shipping it overseas.

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I love looking around that kind of stuff.

Look for a show on the Science Channel called Mysteries of the Abandone.
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Whenever I pass an old factory or other manufacturing facility it makes me think about "back in the day" when this country really built a lot of things. People had good jobs and the local economy(s) were pretty good. Not so much now and that is sad, at least to me. I guess maybe I'm showing my age again.
I think the same thoughts. I was trained in the machinist trade by WWII veterans. I think back to what a privilege that was. And I think back to what a privilege it was to work for 33 years at the only Naval Torpedo Station in the country. We built some really cool stuff in one of the most technologically advanced production facilities on the west coast. Unfortunately most of the Station's production shops were closed during the mid-1990's, during a Clinton-era "Base Reduction and Closure Commission" exercise.

The U.S. Navy once had shipyards in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Charleston (SC), Long Beach, Mare Island (CA) and other places. Naval Shipyards built the Iowa Class Battleships and many other capital ships during WWII. Private yards like Newport News Shipybuilding built 33 fleet carriers between mid 1942 and mid-1945, not to mention the thousands of smaller ships. Lord knows how many tanks, planes and heavy artillery pieces American workers built during the war years.

All this from a nation that had 15,000,000 men and women in uniform at that time and a population of about 1/3 of what we have today. I hope we never have another war like WWII, as our industrial capability is a mere shadow of what it was in 1945.
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I was one of those last 400 Souls.
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While it's really cool to look at these abandoned factories now (and I love doing that) - what I really love even more is watching how they got built.

Just looking at the size and scope of some of these places, and the work that went into just building the facilities, compared to what we build in the US now is just nuts. If someone were to try to build a similar factory with any sort of real capacity in the US nowadays, it most likely could never happen due to all the NIMBY nuts.
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Those are some really cool photos, Mr 4.

Circa 2000, while working for the Department of Defense I visited a Bethlehem Steel machine shop in eastern PA where the building, machinery and people looked like they belonged back in the Civil War. As a tooling engineer and apprentice-trained machinist, I couldn't believe Bethlehem could build the components the Navy needed using the machines and tooling in that shop. But they did, which is a credit to the company, their people and the old-world skills they could draw on.

I'm pretty certain that facility is no longer in use, as Bethlehem long ago got out of the business of building submarine missile tube components. It would be interesting to tour those ancient buildings today, if they still exist, that is.
Beth Steel in Bethlehem PA was closed years ago. The buildings have been torn down but they left the blast furnaces standing as a reminder of what used to be there. There is now a Sands Casino and Hotel on the site.

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While it's really cool to look at these abandoned factories now (and I love doing that) - what I really love even more is watching how they got built.

Just looking at the size and scope of some of these places, and the work that went into just building the facilities, compared to what we build in the US now is just nuts. If someone were to try to build a similar factory with any sort of real capacity in the US nowadays, it most likely could never happen due to all the NIMBY nuts.
If the "NIMBY nuts" didn't kill off such a effort, the environmental regulations would. Think if we were to try and build the Grand Coulee or Hoover Dams, the Erie Canal, the Mackinac Straights Bridge, Alaska Pipeline, Transcontinental railroad or Interstate Highway system today? We can't even get the politicians in DC to secure our borders from foreign invasion.
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Those photos are pretty cool Mr. 4speed. I remember many years ago, a huge fire in one right off of Rt. 8. Burned to the ground. What a shame...

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