POWER STATIONS

Battersea PS

An oldie, but a goody. This was a fantastic night. Some of the sheer drops and obstacles we had to climb around make my blood curdle when I think about them now. In particular I remember traversing a rickety old wooden ladder that was hanging horizontally, one end from a tin roof, the other end held up by a piece of string. Below this 20 foot ladder was a 200 foot drop.
Wonderful retro control rooms. I feel privileged to have been able to see it all.

Tilbury PS (Part A)

This one was an old relic adjoining an active power station, so entrance was tricky and exposed. I was nervous about cracking this one but the 1950s decor, fittings and dusty control room kept me motivated.

On my second visit I filmed the Frankie Lopez I video. During filming time there was the constant sound of metal thieves hacking up stuff downstairs on the floor below.

The risks I take in the name of art!

If you look at the last aerial picture in section B, you can see 2 of the metal thieves leaving the site, just after us. They dropped their loot and ran when they saw my drone. I felt a little bad about this as they had obviously worked quite hard getting their swag.

Tilbury

PS (Part B)

More photos from this place, including the main prize- the control room.This place kept on giving.

Mallorca PS

A beautiful rotting hulk beckoning from all the surrounding beaches.

There are 2 new heras style fences inside the main boundary. The main problem with these was that the point of tackling them was very exposed to the street and adjacent dock.
Inside, not much has changed for years.
The 'slot window' access point was amusing, the width being about an inch narrower than my back to chest distance and the height being about 4inches shorter than my groin to shoulder height. It took some contorting, and at one point I thought I was well and truly stuck, but in the end, I managed-I was too close to give up.

6am start meant it was a bit dark for photography. By the time I got out, the families were on their balconies and I yelled Ola to them as I jumped over the 4th and final barrier to safety.

It was constructed in 1958 according to a design by the Spanish architect Ramón Vázquez Molezún.
Running gear and T/G were provided by Metropolitan Vickers.
In 1986 The Spanish government commissioned a new Powerplant around 10km away on the other side of the bay.
The plant was closed in 1991.

New York PS

This was a huge beast half way up the Hudson river.

The scale of this place was unbelievable.

Holiday with the family. Had to go out at some point. First international explore.
What a huge rust bucket this was. This is probably the most dangerous thing I have done. Rusting walkways about 200feet+ above concrete floor. One slip and game over. There were a few planks to cross. Scarey stuff and I cringe at the thought now - what if they were rotten or a booby trap.
Spectacular place, impossible to show in photos. The chimney was quite special....i drew the line at climbing up that ladder.

"Glenwood Power Station was constructed on the side of the Hudson River between 1904 and 1906 solely to satisfy the need for electrical rail power during New York Central and Hudson River Railroad's switch from steam. To design the plant, the city hired architectural firm Reed and Stem to design its railroad's power house. Reed and Stem would later collaborate with architects Warren and Wetmore to Design Grand Central Station, the terminus of the railroad their plant powered. In 1936, when the electrical utilities could finally sufficiently supply the railroads, the city sold the plant to power consortium Con-Edison, which operated it until 1963 when newer, more efficient plants emerged."