Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk Coal Mine, Germany

Zeche M / Zeche Heinz is the above-ground coal processing complex of an abandoned coal mine in Germany.

Visited December 2014 Kamp-Lintfort, Germany Closed

History of the abandoned Bergwerk West Coal Mine, Germany

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrichis a huge abandoned coal mine in Germany. The underground pits extend great distances, and above ground the industrial site for processing the hard coal is certainly large-scale. The site has developed over the years so the complex of buildings and machinery are a combination of modern technology alongside older techniques.

A huge 55 meter tall tower houses two electric motors and winding gear for hoisting the miners and equipment into and out of the mineshaft. Each has its own control room to add to the epic look!

There are several rooms for the baskets in which the miners stored their clothing and personal belongings while they were mining. Each basket can the drawn up to the ceiling, out of reach, and locked in place to ensure the security of the items they contain.

The coal processing plant is extensive and contains a network of conveyors for transporting the coal around the site. Some of the machines are clearly older than others and some appear to have been out of commission for a lot longer than the the site has been closed.

 

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Winding gear in the top of the tower
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Winding gear in the top of the tower
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Two identical BBC winder motors
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Two identical BBC winder motors

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Winder detail
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Winder detail

 
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Back of winders
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Back of winders

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Side view of winders and motors
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Side view of winders and motors

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Motor detail
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Motor detail

 
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Winder detail
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Winder detail

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - View over the control station inside one of the two control rooms
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – View over the control station inside one of the two control rooms

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Second control room
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Second control room
 
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Control panels
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Control panels

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - The drivers view from inside the control booth
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – The drivers view from inside the control booth
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - View of winders from the crane walkway
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – View of winders from the crane walkway

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - View from the crane
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – View from the crane

 
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - View from top
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – View from top

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Inside a control room
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Inside a control room

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Control room
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Control room
 
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Coal processing plant
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Coal processing plant

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Machines in the hard coal processing plant
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Machines in the hard coal processing plant

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Coal processing machines
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Coal processing machines
 
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Coal conveyors
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Coal conveyors

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Ballroom used for entertaining investors, exhibitions, etc
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Ballroom used for entertaining investors, exhibitions, etc

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Ballroom
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Ballroom
 
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Ballroom
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Ballroom

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - One of the many shower rooms
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – One of the many shower rooms

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Showers
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Showers

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Locker room
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Locker room
 

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Boot rack
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Boot rack

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Basket room where miners could store their possessions while at work
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Basket room where miners could store their possessions while at work

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Basket room
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Basket room

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Storage basket
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Storage basket

 
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Storage basket
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Storage basket

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Baskets hanging
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Baskets hanging

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - There were several thousand baskets
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – There were several thousand baskets

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Another basket room
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Another basket room

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Processing plant
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Processing plant

 
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Vessel
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Vessel

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Heavy industry
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Heavy industry

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - A network of conveyors brought coal from the mine and moved it around the surface buildings
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – A network of conveyors brought coal from the mine and moved it around the surface buildings

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Conveyor network
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Conveyor network

 
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Conveyor between buildings
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Conveyor between buildings

Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Taking a rest at the end of the day
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Taking a rest at the end of the day
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany - Nice architecture on the older buildings
Bergwerk West Friedrich-Heinrich, Germany – Nice architecture on the older buildings

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