Explore #161: Kraftwerk Plessa Powerplant (permission visit) – May 2016

Explore #1 of ‘The Picnics & Palaces Tour’

In May I embarked on an epic week-long roadtrip through Eastern Germany and Poland in the great company of my usual exploring buddy James, his girlfriend Jade, and Dan of Mr Dan Explores fame.

After catching a 6am flight out of Stansted to Berlin, first stop on day one was this permission visit to a former coal-fired power station with a beautiful retro control room…

History (rewritten from wiki)
Built in 1927, Powerplant Plessa was one of the oldest coal-fired power stations in Europe. Following three main phases of further construction, output had peaked by 1942 at 54MW. This then decreased in the post-war era until the plant finally closed in April 1992.

In 1996 the plant became owned by the municipality of Plessa, and the plant reopened as a industrial heritage museum/cultural attraction in the early 21st century.

Our Explore
As we didn’t really speak much German and the lady who let us in didn’t speak any English we were left free to wander around and shoot as we pleased. This was the nice relaxing start to the trip we’d planned for after our early start that morning…

As always click on a photo to VIEW LARGE

Train Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
Before we headed into the main plant building we grabbed a couple of shots of the old train which used to transport coal to the site…

Train driver's cabin Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
…insider the driver’s cabin.

Retro Vintage Green Control Room Art Deco Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
And without further ado, the star attraction: that gorgeous control room.

Control panels telephones skylight Retro Vintage Green Control Room Art Deco Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location

Detail Retro Vintage Green Control Room Art Deco Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location

Controls Retro Vintage Green Control Room Art Deco Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location

Control room generator dials controls Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location

Switches back off control room Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location

Pipe porn Kessel boiler Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
I then headed to the side of the plant where the boilers were housed…

Kessel Boiler Controls Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
…the peeling remains of the boiler control panels.

Kessel Boiler controls detail Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
‘Kessel’ means ‘boiler’.

Turbine controls Retro Vintage Green Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
A smaller control panel on the side of the turbine hall…

Generator Turbine Hall Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
Generator.

Turbine Grey Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
The large Siemens turbine housing.

Gantries broken windows stripped Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location

Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location

Boiler furnaces Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
The boiler furnaces…

Kessel boilers furnaces Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location

Kessel boiler Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location

Old architect designs planner office Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
It was time to go, but Dan and I sneaked into a small office at the end of a corridor which was usually off limits to visitors, and found this nice planning desk…

Alexander Oppler Operating Engineer betriebsingenieur Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location
…and an old photo of it in use back in the day by ‘Operating Engineer’ Alexander Oppler.

Dan and I then went to join up with James and Jade outside, only to discover that the lady with the keys had assumed we’d already gone and had locked us in! Ensue much hilarity about it usually being difficult to find a way *into* our locations, not find a way *out* 🙂 A few minutes later the lady came back and released us. I will leave you with a final shot of that control room…

green vintage art deco control room Kraftwerk Plessa Urbex Powerplant Germany Adam X Urban Exploration Access 2016 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict location

Thanks for visiting.
Adam X

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