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post by Pearson   |  | 
Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
< on 3/23/2022 11:40 PM >

I haven't done one of these writeups on here in years but I miss making them. On a recent trip to Alabama with Sheavy and Mookster we visited what remains of the old Republic Steel mill in Birmingham. This place is about as good as it gets, loads of ancient machinery and other things about. Republic steel started operations in Birmingham in 1888 and continued up until 1972. The blast furnaces, rolling mills, and other steelmaking buildings have been demolished for years. Fortunately, the massive coke battery, blower house, boiler house, power plant, and a handful of other buildings still remain. 50 years of abandonment has not treated this place well, most buildings truly fit the definition of a death trap. Alas, here are the photos.

Starting off with the coke battery/byproducts plant, built in 1925:
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On to the blower house, complete with a set of Harrisburg blower engines and an Ingersoll-Rand compressor:

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Then the boiler house, I took very few photos in here. This was the deathtrappiest of all the buildings on the property:

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Finally, the power plant. This was probably my favorite, it was equipped with three General Electric turbines at one point. Only one remains completely intact, one was completely removed and the other was stripped:

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Here are some other miscellaneous photos around the property:

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All in all, this place was absolutely phenomenal. We spent somewhere around 8 hours on the property. These photos definitely aren't my best work by any means, this place was very tough to shoot for the most part with lots of difficult lighting situations and tight spaces. But, I had a great time shooting it and wanted to share here.


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post by Sheavy   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 1 on 3/24/2022 3:50 AM >

Good shit dude! Definitely did not walk on anything insanely sketchy, nope nope.


Posted by Pear

Then the boiler house, I took very few photos in here. This was the deathtrappiest of all the buildings on the property:





Wandering around in the boiler house is great, you're constantly wondering whether you're going to fall through the floor or half the place is going to collapse on you


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post by randomesquephoto   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 2 on 3/24/2022 3:59 AM >

So fucking killer pear.

Making uer great again.





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post by Pearson   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 3 on 3/24/2022 6:21 PM >

Posted by Sheavy
Good shit dude! Definitely did not walk on anything insanely sketchy, nope nope.





Wandering around in the boiler house is great, you're constantly wondering whether you're going to fall through the floor or half the place is going to collapse on you


Lol, I wasn't as daring as you in there.


Posted by randomesquephoto
So fucking killer pear.

Making uer great again.


Appreciate it dude.


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post by Air   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 4 on 3/24/2022 8:02 PM >

This looks like a fun place. Great shots!


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post by mookster   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 5 on 3/31/2022 6:59 PM >

I can't believe I went right up to the top floor of the boiler house.

Sketchiest industrial building I've ever set foot in.

Top set, and what a way to finish off my trip to the States.


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post by Vacant NJ   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 6 on 3/31/2022 10:58 PM >

Dope place, that IR compressor is really cool. Seems like an awesome adventure and nicely photographed.


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post by dundertits   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 7 on 4/1/2022 11:03 PM >

nice work with the Best Southern Explorer of All time!! The Gods favor him even tho he wont give Bandcamp a goddammed dime!!!!!






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post by YoelT   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 8 on 4/2/2022 6:53 AM >

Really great place! I think one of the buildings got demoed in the last decade. It's super sketchy at the tops of everything. Just waiting for it to collapse, yikes.


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post by mookster   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 9 on 4/2/2022 6:54 PM >

Posted by YoelT
Really great place! I think one of the buildings got demoed in the last decade. It's super sketchy at the tops of everything. Just waiting for it to collapse, yikes.


There's no 'safe' way up to the top of the tower now, the only feasible way to get to the bottom of the staircase is too far gone so we didn't even try it.


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post by Pearson   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 10 on 4/4/2022 6:51 PM >

I can't believe I went right up to the top floor of the boiler house.

Sketchiest industrial building I've ever set foot in.

Top set, and what a way to finish off my trip to the States


Yeah, I can't either... Thanks!


This looks like a fun place. Great shots!

Definitely was for sure, thank you!


nice work with the Best Southern Explorer of All time!! The Gods favor him even tho he wont give Bandcamp a goddammed dime!!!!!



He lives up to your legend.. Thanks man


Really great place! I think one of the buildings got demoed in the last decade. It's super sketchy at the tops of everything. Just waiting for it to collapse, yikes.


What mookster said is completely correct, there is a way up to the top, but things were actively falling when I tried to traverse it. Not for me!


Dope place, that IR compressor is really cool. Seems like an awesome adventure and nicely photographed.

I really loved that compressor too, appreciate the kind words

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post by Aran   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 11 on 4/4/2022 11:15 PM >

Man, these are some great photos. You really have a way of capturing the best angles. Thanks for sharing!


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post by Once-ler   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 12 on 4/16/2022 12:51 AM >

Love it! Those are some wonderful shots right there. Good to see some more activity here and great to see this place still exists. We've been having so many place disappear, seems like all my old spots are gone now.

~O






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post by Pearson   |  | 
Re: Republic Steel - Thomas Coke Works/Byproducts Plant
<Reply # 13 on 4/17/2022 5:02 AM >


Man, these are some great photos. You really have a way of capturing the best angles. Thanks for sharing!


Thank you so much man, means a lot.

Love it! Those are some wonderful shots right there. Good to see some more activity here and great to see this place still exists. We've been having so many place disappear, seems like all my old spots are gone now.

~O


Thanks! I've been missing the activity here and decided I would bring some myself. At some point in the not too far future, somebody is going to get injured here and the Sand company will definitely be less forgiving with permission. But until then, it's a great place!


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