The City of Mines

The City of Mines

Degtyarsk is an industrial city of Russia. The main industry there is mining and processing of copper. They also have a garment factory and a bakery there. Degtyarsk is often characterized by its red lakes and slagheaps. We gonna show some abandoned shops and mines of the city.

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Slagheap of Kapitalnaya-1 mine.

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The quarry is still being developed. On the right you can see scales for trucks.

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Diesel generatot “Vepr”.

The central mechanical repair shop of the Degtyarsk Mining Group. It still functions but not at full. They used to have a huge production of details for the needs of quarries here. Today they are slowly selling everything but still make different details at individual requests.

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They have a lot of machines here: turning, milling, belt-type ones, etc.

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“Shavings”

The shop is big so it even has the rails for trolleys and special platforms. There are also a lot of cranes: each is in an operating condition.

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We wonder how long it takes to change a bulb if it hangs six meters high?

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This thing weighing some hundreds of kilograms is used for making workpieces for future details.

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The only new machine in the shop: it makes metal workpieces.

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Various tools left scattered around.

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Some worker has left his crossword here.

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Pipes lay unneeded anymore.

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They have about fifteen turning machines.

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“Do not turn it on. Works are being done on the line”.

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Here is another machine and a capacity for water to the left.

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Ladder to the second floor.

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Seeing the shop for the last time and moving forward.

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The furnace for burning details. They have two of them.

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Each furnace has its own converter and a cooling system.

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Here the details are tested. More often they tested drills because their workload was huge and if a drill broke it could break many other things around.

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The table that was used for tests.

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“Do not fill the bucket to the brim.” If one fills it to the brim the metal can flow over and spoil everything around including workpieces, who will pay for that? So, do not fill the bucket to the brim!

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This is the furnace where metal is melted. Behind it is a transformator, nearby is a ventilation pipe half a meter thick.

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The bucket for metal is rather small.

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Fire hoses stretch to the furnace just in case. All the floor is covered with molding sand, it was used for casting details. There are also a lot of boxes with handles – flasks.

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These are models. They used to be made of wood. Today, in the worst case, they are made of plastic. But we should say goodbye to the foundry and go further.

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Firebrick floor is typical for such a place.

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The roof is not wooden anymore.

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These machines are also not used today.

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Those very rails we mentioned above.

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“Drunkenness won’t be tolerated!”

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“German-Russian mining dictionary”

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Working place of a grinding master.

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Photos of the best workers were hung in the wall.

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Radio “Belarus” does not work anymore.

We are leaving to go to the administration of the Degtyarsk Mining Group.

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The building has three storeys and for 90% it consists of offices.

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We can’t even say what this hall was used for.

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Here’s a long corridor and WC on the right.

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Some hangar was also left abandoned.

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Maybe it is a crushing plant.

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This was a copper mine.

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It’s rapidly decaying.

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Red sand and a dump.

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This is how the building looks inside.

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It’s time to go back to the world of the alive.

Location: Degtyarsk

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10 thoughts on “The City of Mines”

  1. Radio “Belarus” does not work anymore.”… (sigh)… Some of my fondest childhood memories were listening to English service Radio Moscow on a shortwave radio (complete with excoriating stories about the U.S. genocide of American Indians and the miscarriage of justice for Leonard Peltier).

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    • U.S. genocide of native Americans? Don’t you mean the Italian, Spanish, English, Dutch, German, French settlers just to name a few genocide?

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    • I have not thought about Leonard Peltier in many years. As I recall his case was so full of discrepancies it defied rational belief.

      Yeah him and the AIM movement, tragic really.

      I used to hear a lot about the subject from a friend in Texas, my friend was a BlackFoot and he had a lot to say on the subject.

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      • Hello, OldBikr. You know I have a strange sense of humor; but I really did listen to Radio Moscow, which was full of propaganda (of course!); I’m really just a history geek; you know I don’t take myself seriously…

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