Among the most frequently photographed relics of the wallonian steel industry are the, empty, halls of the former light sections rolling mill (Train de 380) of the Soc. Hainaut-Sambre in Charleroi-Montignies.
Nevertheless, there are hardly any pictures of the working plant to be seen. Furthermore, many explanations about the site are wrong or inaccurate.
Therefore here are some additions.
The rolling mill was built by J. Banning AG of Hamm, Germany and installed in 1968/69. Commissioning took place on 29.9.1969.
The rolling mill consisted of a walking beam furnace, four 2-high roughing stands, 2 x 2 intermediate stands, and four finishing stands (two of these in vertical arrangement).
Downstream, there was a rake-type cooling bed (65 m) and four shears.
The plant was shut down after just 11 years on 8.3.1980.
The whereabouts of the rolling mill are unfortunately unknown to me, but a resale seems likely.