Today’s series of photographs comes from a walk around the outside of the old boilerhouse at UNE. For years high pressure hot water was fed around the campus heated by this coal-fed boiler house. Nowadays the hot water comes from gas-driven boilers. I know nothing about boilerhouses so don’t trust any of my descriptions below. The grey day helps to amplify the greyness of the building.

An audioBlog accompanies these photographs [3.9 Mbytes, 7 min 45 sec duration]. The audio commentary is also distributed as a podcast. You need to subscribe to my RSS2 feed towards the bottom of the right hand column on this page and you need to use aggregator software capable of utilising this. The photographs are also included within the .mp3 file. View them via Apple’s iTunes artwork function on a PC or Mac, for example.

Boiler fire doors The doors to the twin fires. Coal fed.

Gauges and dials Gauges and dials.

Electric motors and pulleys and stuff A stash of small motors and pulleys and stuff.

Concrete and metal Concrete and metal lines.

Fan and chimney Extract the gasses and push tehm up the chimney.

Boilerhouse glasshouse The boilerhouse glasshouse. A place to view the action.

December 2, 2004 podcast

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