The Bergwerk – Zeche M aka Heinz Coal Mine, Germany

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

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk Coal Mine, Germany
 

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History of the abandoned Zech M / Heinz Coal Mine, Germany

Zeche M/Heinz is a huge abandoned Bergwerk or 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.

Our Visit
This turned out to be quite an epic trip! In the company of Spider Monkey, we got the overnight ferry to Rotterdam, having lots of fun on the crossing, roof-topping the ship and trying to get to the engine rooms! We made the journey to Germany for an early start at the mine, and spent the whole day exploring the massive place. We didn’t venture into the mine itself, above-ground there was so much to see, each area being completely different – it was like several explores in one! The baskets were amazing, and there were so many of them – bringing home just how many people used to work there. The highlight, however, was the green electric motors for hoisting things up and down the mineshaft. This was certainly one of my favourite industrial explores.

 

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Winding gear in the top of the tower

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Winding gear in the top of the tower

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Two identical BBC winder motors

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Two identical BBC winder motors

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Winder detail

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Winder detail

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Back of winders

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Back of winders

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Side view of winders and motors

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Side view of winders and motors

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Motor detail

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Motor detail

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Winder detail

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Winder detail

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - View over the control station inside one of the two control rooms

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – View over the control station inside one of the two control rooms

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Second control room

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Second control room

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Control panels

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Control panels

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - The drivers view from inside the control booth

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – The drivers view from inside the control booth

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - View of winders from the crane walkway

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – View of winders from the crane walkway

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - View from the crane

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – View from the crane

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - View from top

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – View from top

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Inside a control room

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Inside a control room

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Control room

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Control room

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Coal processing plant

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Coal processing plant

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Machines in the hard coal processing plant

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Machines in the hard coal processing plant

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Coal processing machines

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Coal processing machines

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Coal conveyors

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Coal conveyors

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Ballroom used for entertaining investors, exhibitions, etc

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Ballroom used for entertaining investors, exhibitions, etc

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Ballroom

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Ballroom

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Ballroom

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Ballroom

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - One of the many shower rooms

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – One of the many shower rooms

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Showers

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Showers

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Locker room

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Locker room

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Boot rack

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Boot rack

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Basket room where miners could store their possessions while at work

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Basket room where miners could store their possessions while at work

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Basket room

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Basket room

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Storage basket

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Storage basket

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Storage basket

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Storage basket

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Baskets hanging

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Baskets hanging

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - There were several thousand baskets

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – There were several thousand baskets

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Another basket room

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Another basket room

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Processing plant

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Processing plant

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Vessel

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Vessel

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Heavy industry

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Heavy industry

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - A network of conveyors brought coal from the mine and moved it around the surface buildings

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – A network of conveyors brought coal from the mine and moved it around the surface buildings

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Conveyor network

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Conveyor network

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Conveyor between buildings

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Conveyor between buildings

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Taking a rest at the end of the day

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Taking a rest at the end of the day

Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany - Nice architecture on the older buildings

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Zeche M Heinz Bergwerk, Germany – Nice architecture on the older buildings

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