Once, the air was filled with noises – from the shoveling of coal and the hiss of steam, to the voices of teams of men going about their work. Today, there is only silence. Hulking metal machinery silently corrodes, and water, which once bubbled through boilers and cooling equipment, is left to pool on the floor or in underground chambers. These empty buildings were once mighty symbols of the industrialized world and, in many places, icons of their localities. Now abandoned and dilapidated, the power stations can merely wait to be remodeled or demolished.
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Whether they burn coal, oil or gas or rely on water or nuclear energy, power stations require large structures to house their equipment. These buildings can either be plain, utilitarian blocks or else lovingly designed masterpieces. But, be they elegant or boxy, these deserted places – with their giant defunct machines and echoing chambers – can be fascinating places to explore. Here’s a list of seven abandoned power stations that blew us away.
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7. Yonkers Power Plant, New York, USA
The imposing abandoned smokestacks and roof gables of Yonkers Power Station have become Hudson River icons; after all, they’ve been here since 1906. Originally built to power locomotives, the plant continued to generate electricity until 1963, when it was finally shut down.