The Blast Furnaces Of Gustave Boel

in La Louviere, Belgium where torn down 15 years ago in between August 2003 and September 2004.
The line of 6 units showed the entire development of blast furnace technology in the 20th century.
Usine Gustave Boel Hauts Fourneaux
Blast furnace 1, Ø 4,5 m, 1913.
Blast furnace 2, Ø 4,5 m, 1913.
Blast furnace 3, Ø 4,5 m, 1930.
Blast furnace 4, Ø 4,5 m, 1939.
Blast furnace 5, Ø 5,5 m, 1958.
Blast furnace 6, Ø 6,5 m, 1972.
Duferco La Louviere, Blast Furnace

Die Halle der kontinuierlichen Halbzeugstrasse

Halbzeugstrasse Hoesch
ist das letzte große Relikt der Warmphase der Westfalenhütte in Dortmund. Sie wurde im März 1955 in Betrieb genommen.
Die von der DEMAG in Duisburg montierte Anlage walzte in einer Hitze von der Blockstrasse kommendes Material zu Halbzeug für die Fertig- und Feinstrassen aus.
12 Gerüste waren in zwei Staffeln (A & B) angeordnet.Halbzeugstrasse Hoesch
Zusammen mit der nördlich benachbarten Blockstrasse wurde das Walzwerk 1983 stillgelegt. Der Abriss ist geplant.

 

Chertal Bottle Cars


“Hot metal is supplied to Chertal from the six blast
furnaces of the Esperance-Longdoz plant at Seraing,
some 14 miles distant on the other side of Liege. In
order to provide transport on the lines of the Belgian
National Railway, it was necessary to design special
torpedo-type ladle cars. These cars can carry 165
tons of hot metal, but because of the heavy weight
of the refractories, the total car weight is about 330
tons. In order not to exceed the maximum permitted
railway load limit, it was necessary that the length
of the ladle cars be 31 meters. However, the mass of
hot metal is concentrated in the central part of the
torpedo ladle with the largest cross-section so as to
minimize the heat loss.” (1/1964, JOURNAL OF METALS)
The cars where manufactured by German DEMAG company.

Abandoned Bars

on State Street in Clairton,PA. These bars where mostly attended by black steel workers from the nearby U.S. Steel plant. I visited Clairton with my 4×5″ in 2008. In the background you can see the 800-oven coking plant of U.S. Steel, one of the largest worldwide.
Clairton PA