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post by Emperor Wang   |  | 
Niagara Falls� newest museum is an electrifying ode to the area's power-generating past
< on 3/16/2022 11:51 PM >

Spotted in Saturday's Montreal Gazette.

https://montrealga...is-an-electrifying

Next time I'm Toronto I'm definitely detouring out Niagara Falls way.

I had to chuckle at the mention of the "never-before-seen" tailrace tunnel.


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post by Exilehide   |  | 
Re: Niagara Falls� newest museum is an electrifying ode to the area's power-generating past
<Reply # 1 on 3/17/2022 1:18 AM >

Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely be stopping by when I get a chance.

I'm pretty new here, what's the urban exploration history of the power station like? I remember my imagination running wild when I first saw this place years ago


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post by Emperor Wang   |  | 
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<Reply # 2 on 3/17/2022 2:54 AM >

I never got a chance to visit myself, but it's pretty well-documented. The LDB entry is full-members only.

Google "William Birch Rankine" and you're bound to turn up some good stuff.


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post by terapr0   |  | 
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<Reply # 3 on 3/17/2022 7:35 PM >

Posted by Exilehide
Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely be stopping by when I get a chance.

I'm pretty new here, what's the urban exploration history of the power station like? I remember my imagination running wild when I first saw this place years ago


They've been explored before, but are currently accessible for a variety of reasons. Here are some of my photos from the various plants & tunnels in Niagara, if you're interested:

http://www.tohella...enerating-Station/

http://www.tohella...c-tailrace-tunnel/

http://www.tohella...ace-tunnel-take-2/

http://www.tohella...ace-tunnel-take-3/

http://www.tohella...c-tailrace-tunnel/

http://www.tohella...ace-tunnel-take-2/





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post by Exilehide   |  | 
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<Reply # 4 on 3/17/2022 10:56 PM >

Wow! Seriously wicked stuff. Thanks. Bookmarked your page because it's so good, wow.


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post by Freaktography   |  | 
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<Reply # 5 on 3/18/2022 4:33 PM >

Posted by terapr0


They've been explored before, but are currently accessible for a variety of reasons. Here are some of my photos from the various plants & tunnels in Niagara, if you're interested:

http://www.tohella...enerating-Station/

http://www.tohella...c-tailrace-tunnel/

http://www.tohella...ace-tunnel-take-2/

http://www.tohella...ace-tunnel-take-3/

http://www.tohella...c-tailrace-tunnel/

http://www.tohella...ace-tunnel-take-2/






Taking that wobbly ladder down, alone, into the tailrace was without a doubt the scariest, sketchiest and stupidest thing I have ever done - but I'm so fucking glad I did it!

I'm waiting until they open the tailrace to do my trip of the new museum.








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post by Exilehide   |  | 
Re: Niagara Falls� newest museum is an electrifying ode to the area's power-generating past
<Reply # 6 on 3/19/2022 2:57 AM >

Absolutely mind-boggling stuff you folks are posting - seems like a gargantuan tunnel.


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post by Avatar-X   |  | Alpha Husky

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<Reply # 7 on 4/3/2022 2:47 AM >

It's cool to see the inside of Rankine as a museum -- but I asked them if the lower levels were part of the tour, and they said no, they would never be, due to safety concerns.

It's a shame. So much history, locked away.


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post by Rinzler   |  | 
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<Reply # 8 on 4/3/2022 7:48 AM >

Posted by Avatar-X
It's cool to see the inside of Rankine as a museum -- but I asked them if the lower levels were part of the tour, and they said no, they would never be, due to safety concerns.

It's a shame. So much history, locked away.


Apparently the tail races, or part of them are opening soon to the public. They’re going to install an elevator and then some type of walkway/platform. Or so they say.


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post by Emperor Wang   |  | 
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<Reply # 9 on 4/7/2022 1:01 AM >

The Globe and Mail says an elevator down to the tailrace should be running this summer.

https://12ft.io/pr...-station-offers%2F


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post by Zikan   |  | 
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<Reply # 10 on 5/21/2022 9:22 PM >

Posted by terapr0


They've been explored before, but are currently accessible for a variety of reasons. Here are some of my photos from the various plants & tunnels in Niagara, if you're interested:

http://www.tohella...enerating-Station/

http://www.tohella...c-tailrace-tunnel/

http://www.tohella...ace-tunnel-take-2/

http://www.tohella...ace-tunnel-take-3/

http://www.tohella...c-tailrace-tunnel/

http://www.tohella...ace-tunnel-take-2/





Great photos, dude!




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post by terapr0   |  | 
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<Reply # 11 on 5/26/2022 5:59 PM >

Posted by Zikan


Great photos, dude!




Thanks!


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post by Emperor Wang   |  | 
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<Reply # 12 on 6/30/2022 5:00 PM >

The elevator, tailrace and viewing platform officially open Canada Day.



Admission is $28 and up. More details here:

https://www.niagar...nnel-niagara-falls

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post by Marlon Bando   |  | 
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<Reply # 13 on 7/4/2022 2:00 PM >

I'll have to check it out next time I'm there. I went behind the falls back in March for the first time since I was a kid, wasn't as exciting as I remember haha


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post by Avatar-X   |  | Alpha Husky

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<Reply # 14 on 7/5/2022 5:53 AM >

That actually looks pretty cool!


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post by Archer   |  | 
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<Reply # 15 on 7/15/2022 3:35 AM >

Posted by Avatar-X
It's cool to see the inside of Rankine as a museum -- but I asked them if the lower levels were part of the tour, and they said no, they would never be, due to safety concerns.

It's a shame. So much history, locked away.


When I was there back in February, I was asking them about it as well since work was progressing well on the elevator for the tail races.

It unfortunately comes down to OHSA and fire codes - the staff were telling me that whenever the engineers go down to the lower levels, they need to do full fall protection. And they can't get an occupancy permit for those lower levels as they can't bring it up to fire codes.

Apparently it'll be viewable while riding the elevator. I'll probably check it out later this summer.

They did say they intend to open up the control room as part of the museum, but no timeline on that yet.


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post by Freaktography   |  | 
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<Reply # 16 on 7/15/2022 2:43 PM >

Posted by Archer


When I was there back in February, I was asking them about it as well since work was progressing well on the elevator for the tail races.

It unfortunately comes down to OHSA and fire codes - the staff were telling me that whenever the engineers go down to the lower levels, they need to do full fall protection. And they can't get an occupancy permit for those lower levels as they can't bring it up to fire codes.

Apparently it'll be viewable while riding the elevator. I'll probably check it out later this summer.

They did say they intend to open up the control room as part of the museum, but no timeline on that yet.




I went with my daughter last weekend and really enjoyed it, I've been waiting for the tunnel to open up so I could get the whole experience.

Many parts of the plant are still off limits, such as the control room, board room and every single area beneath the main hall.

The entire inner forebay area is now the gift shop and sitting areas, but they did preserve some of the gates and that green hue water.

The elevator ride is cool, it moves nice and slow so you can see the different levels and there is a light that shines from one side so you can get a good look.

The tunnel is absolutely incredible, they have paved the entire bottom and cleared away loose bricks, added string lights and educational/historic info along the 2,200 foot long tunnel.

There's still leaking water in some parts which just adds to the experience in the tunnel.

The observation deck provides a view of the falls like never seen before, they raised it well above the highest possible water levels so there should be no concerns of flooding.

I absolutely recommend this for anyone who likes cool shit!!!!

My project (1) by Freaktography, on Flickr

My project (3) by Freaktography, on Flickr

My project by Freaktography, on Flickr

My project (2) by Freaktography, on Flickr





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post by Marlon Bando   |  | 
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<Reply # 17 on 7/15/2022 4:59 PM >

Posted by Freaktography

I went with my daughter last weekend and really enjoyed it, I've been waiting for the tunnel to open up so I could get the whole experience.

Many parts of the plant are still off limits, such as the control room, board room and every single area beneath the main hall.

The entire inner forebay area is now the gift shop and sitting areas, but they did preserve some of the gates and that green hue water.

The elevator ride is cool, it moves nice and slow so you can see the different levels and there is a light that shines from one side so you can get a good look.

The tunnel is absolutely incredible, they have paved the entire bottom and cleared away loose bricks, added string lights and educational/historic info along the 2,200 foot long tunnel.

There's still leaking water in some parts which just adds to the experience in the tunnel.

The observation deck provides a view of the falls like never seen before, they raised it well above the highest possible water levels so there should be no concerns of flooding.

I absolutely recommend this for anyone who likes cool shit!!!!




Really cool to see the before and after shots. Definitely going to check this out next time!



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post by Rinzler   |  | 
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<Reply # 18 on 7/15/2022 9:53 PM >

Posted by Freaktography


I went with my daughter last weekend and really enjoyed it, I've been waiting for the tunnel to open up so I could get the whole experience.

Many parts of the plant are still off limits, such as the control room, board room and every single area beneath the main hall.

The entire inner forebay area is now the gift shop and sitting areas, but they did preserve some of the gates and that green hue water.

The elevator ride is cool, it moves nice and slow so you can see the different levels and there is a light that shines from one side so you can get a good look.

The tunnel is absolutely incredible, they have paved the entire bottom and cleared away loose bricks, added string lights and educational/historic info along the 2,200 foot long tunnel.

There's still leaking water in some parts which just adds to the experience in the tunnel.

The observation deck provides a view of the falls like never seen before, they raised it well above the highest possible water levels so there should be no concerns of flooding.

I absolutely recommend this for anyone who likes cool shit!!!!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52218281454_40548084d4_b.jpgMy project (1) by Freaktography, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52218491785_02377b9f93_b.jpgMy project (3) by Freaktography, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52218009986_0c37edbca5_b.jpgMy project by Freaktography, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52217003147_18e09b4edc_b.jpgMy project (2) by Freaktography, on Flickr





😐😐

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post by Zikan   |  | 
Re: Niagara Falls� newest museum is an electrifying ode to the area's power-generating past
<Reply # 19 on 7/24/2022 9:38 PM >

I'm definitely going to check this out some day.

Thanks for sharing.


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