A huge photo report on a day’s walk along the North of the Arctic Circle. Covered distance – about 10 km. Visited objects – several abandoned mines and villages…
The bus drops off at the blue stop. This is our starting point.
The weather is far from perfect – low clouds, rain, fog… The bus stop seems the only bright spot in all this gray landscape.
Having consulted the satellite images, it was decided to follow the railroad track, as it was supposed to lead directly to the destination.
Technological garbage on both sides of the railroad tracks is a typical landscape for these places.
Beams, metal structures and other…
Useless wheel sets.
Take a look at the grandeur of the smoky clouds created by the metallurgical giant – the Nadezhda Plant.
A small railroad bridge is not far away from it.
Trees can’t survive such conditions.
They are replaced by a huge number of power line poles.
Haze in the distance is not fog, but the gas emitted by the copper plant. Once the gas clears away, the sun appears and the moisture starts evaporating.
The lopsided poles on the left are the remnants of electrification. Some time ago, electric trains ran along this line.
A completely broken pillar.
And this one still holds, resembling the muzzle of a cannon, ready to shoot out of its Soviet past to the capitalist present.
Power lines are everywhere.
The only one remained standing.
A couple of kilometers further and you can see the outlines of Norilsk.
The remains of a railroad traffic light.
The first artifact is a domino.
The ore capital of Taymyr, the city of Talnakh, is seen behind the pipes of the copper plant.
Though among all this crap (sorry, ladies) one can still see some beauty – forget-me-nots grow right under the railroad ties.
Some mysterious barn. Let’s take a closer look at it.
It turned out a special fan installation evacuating air from the mine.
Concrete blocks are under the earth and flooded.
The inlet of a fan is covered with a lattice so there is no chance to get inside.
The fan itself with the motor.
The dumps of coal mine №24 are seen in the distance.
Some old diesel lies on the ground.
The first signs of the siltstone mine. The holes filled with snow indicate underground workings.
At the 13th kilometer this dump cart had a bad luck…
A part of the same dump cart lies nearby.
The lake is obviously dug manually.
The entrance to the mine is in the distance.