June 22, 2015

Railway Repair Factory G. [Revisit]

I am still a little behind with the reports on my blog, but I am catching up; as of now I am only about four months behind!
I had only visited one location (legally) in the past four weeks and I was getting itchy to go out again.
That particular weekend, I came to talk about the subject of urban exploring with my mother again, who had always expressed an interest in this hobby ever since my wife and I had taken it up a couple of years ago.
So when she mentioned that she would like to go on an exploration herself, I offered her to accompany me on a spontaneous tour to a location that I had visited about a year ealier together with my wife - an abandoned railway repair factory (Gallery).
Since I had been there before, I could have a look out for myself as well as for my mother while exloring the place, and I knew that there probably wouldn't be any unpleasant surprises.

So my mom and I went on an exploration together, and we had a great time together, joking about the possibility of the police catching us and me saying "Officer, I swear I wasn't doing anything bad! See - I even brought my mother to look out for me!".
That wasn't necessary, we spent a couple of hours in the place and drove home undisturbed.

To check oout the full gallery of this visit, please visit my website.

June 14, 2015

Navy Engineering School K. (Part 2)

As promised - here is the second part of my report from exploring the abandoned Engineering School of the German Navy.

Originally, there was only one engine hall. But as the navy, the diversity of types of vessels and the need for trained personnel grew, so did the engineering school. The second machine shop was built in 1943.
It included the entire propulsion system of a destroyer as well as a variety of speedboat engines for the future ship's engineers to train on.

Today, the first machine shop is used as an exhibition space for a society for the the historical preservation and cultural revival of the area (Maritimes Viertel Kiel - Kultur am Kanal e.V.).
The second engine hall however still contains an entire ship's propulsion system.
In this case it's the propulsion system of the former training vessel "Deutschland" which was decommisioned in 1990.
The entire combined diesel and steam turbine engine complete with operating stand and everything has been set up on land and was used for training purposes until the school closed in 2002.

The third engine hall has been almost completely cleared out. It is the newst building in the ensemble and was used for trianing in electrical engineering and for newer types of propulsion systems.

To check out all photos from this location, please visit my website.

June 6, 2015

Navy Engineering School K. (Part 1)

The building complex, originally a training unit of the Imperial Navy, was built in the early 20th century and was constructed in the regional style of the "Schleswig-Holstein brick building". Regional newspapers of the time were quoted that an ensemble was created, "that certainly does the city credit".
During the First World War, a military hospital was set up, but was closed again in April of 1915. Because of the  shortage of technical personnel in the Navy the training operation was taken up again.
Due to the limitations of the Versailles Treaty after World War I, only 300 students were trained at the school - but the quality of the training was excellent.
In the years 1934, 1937 and 1938, large expansions were made to the buildings that enabled an extension and broadening of the teaching activities.
At the end of the 1930s, new barracks were built to accommodate the now more than 2000 trainees. After the number had grown to about 3000, two HAPAG-ships served as barges.

After 1942, the number of course participants climbed to over 4000, and 1943 a new machine shop was put in operation. It included the entire engine and propulsion system of a destroyer as well as several speedboat engines.

After World War II, the buildings kept serving as a training facility. The course program consisted of 30 different types of courses with the duration ranging from one week to twelve months.
The soldiers were trained here in drive engineering, electrical engineering and marine engineering.
In 2002, the school was closed.

The photos you see in this post show the offices, classrooms and living quarters.
For the full gallery, please visit my website.

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