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« on: Wed 5 December, 2012 - 09:45 pm »

http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/8036312/Power-station-sold-off



It's a shame to see it go, I always hoped they'd recommission it.
Glad the chimney is staying though.
It was a great place to tour through when it was in operation, I must have been through it about 7-8 times.
Been up the chimney twice. I wonder if you could do the same now, with all the bloody OSH s**t these days?
Walk around operating boilers and turbines and high voltage switch yards... 
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« Reply #1 on: Wed 5 December, 2012 - 10:07 pm »

What's it like being in the chimney  eek

Just the thought of that gives me the s**ts.
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« Reply #2 on: Wed 5 December, 2012 - 10:46 pm »

what you see was done as single pour of concrete.
what you don't see are the 5 flues inside the outer concrete structure.
the flues are fire bricks, but because the weight of the column of bricks would be too great
and push out the mortar in the bottom bricks, there are floors (can't remember how many)
and the flues are narrower at the top then the bottom. It's a series of slightly conical
flues built on floors to take the weight.
there is a lift that will take 5 people at a squeeze, it's slow and has the old metal grill type
doors, so you can watch the floors go by as you slowly ascend. some floors have windows
which are just access holes to service the red lights that flash at night to stop planes hitting it.
some floors don't have windows and if the lamp has blown then it's pitch black, and you are
plunged into darkness as you rattle slowly up.
At the top you get out on a small landing and climb up a set of steps and out onto the top.
There is a wall about 5 foot high so it's a bit of a stretch to see anything directly below.
The concrete is about 2 foot wide from memory (it's a few years ago now) but you can see
big chunks blown out of it where lightening has hit it. It wasn't very windy so it didn't move but
rumor has it, you can feel it move in a high wind, but not sure if its true. It looks big from a distance
and inside and on top it seems even more massive.
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« Reply #3 on: Wed 5 December, 2012 - 11:09 pm »

Interesting s**t 
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« Reply #4 on: Thu 6 December, 2012 - 09:35 pm »

cool!

never got the chance ... but have fond memories of that chimney anyway          
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