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Giant iron gears spinning around axles damped by huge coil springs were used to rotate the 4 heavy presses in the briquette processing building at the Brazeau Collieries coal mining operation. It’s now only possible to dimly imagine the rumble and thunderous noise of these iron machines when they were spun up and running at full tilt during their brief hey-day. Now, the massive gears are permanently spun down, the only apparent motion coming as the angle of light moves across the stilled surfaces each day.
Spin Up Spin Down, Nordegg
Nordegg Alberta Canada


Giant iron gears spinning around axles damped by huge coil springs were used to rotate the 4 heavy presses in the briquette processing building at the Brazeau Collieries coal mining operation. It’s now only possible to dimly imagine the rumble and thunderous noise of these iron machines when they were spun up and running at full tilt during their brief hey-day. Now, the massive gears are permanently spun down, the only apparent motion coming as the angle of light moves across the...
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  • springs
  • steel
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