The Last Blast Furnace In Duisburg-Ruhrort.

Hochofen 6 Thyssen in Duisburg Ruhrort.
50 years ago August Thyssen Hütte AG built the largest blast furnace in Europe at its plant in Duisburg-Ruhrort.
Blast furnace 6 had a hearth diameter of 11 metres, a volume of 2200 m³ and a total height of 100 metres. It was relined and modernized in 1983. Less than two weeks after the commissioning of the second blast furnace in Duisburg-Schwelgern, blast furnace 6 was shut down on November 9, 1993.
One year later, the 19,000 ton blast furnace was dismantled and shipped to India.
In 2000, the blast furnace was put back into operation 30 km south of Mumbai at Nippon-Denro-Ispats Dolvi works. Now called Dolvi No. 1.
In 2010, Ispat was acquired by JSW Steel.
In 2016, the former blast furnace 6 was replaced by a new 4.323 m³ furnace in just 4 days using the so called single block method.

The Last German Rail

was rolled yesterday at the TSTG rail mill in Duisburg.
The rolling mill exists since 1894 built by the August Thyssen Hütte and sold to the Austrian Voest Alpine group in 2001.
Voest is still producing rails at it’s Donawitz works in Austria.
TSTG’s finishing stands were built in 1924 named “Fertigstrasse 1″ back then.
Some images.

Vintage Image #7

August Thyssen Hütte
The image done in 1953 shows the August Thyssen Hütte steel works in Duisburg Hamborn, Germany.
The furnaces shown are, left to right: 7,6,5,4,3,2 . Number one is hidden by the steam cloud from the attached coking plant August Thyssen. Blast furnaces 8 and 9 are to the left and not included. In the center of the image the headgear of coal mine Friedrich Thyssen,shaft  7 is to be seen.
Some more recent images of the mill at Stahlseite.

The vintage image #1

August Thyssen Huette Bruckhausen
Bruckhausen, the former working class neighbourhood that adjoins to the vast August Thyssen Hütte steel mill in Duisburg, Germany, in the early 1950ies.
Ironically Bruckhausen looks much the same nowadays again because the ThyssenKrupp steel company and the administration of Duisburg have decided to tear it down in favour of a huge park (Article, in German).
Guntram Walter did some impressive images of this ghost town.