These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

Though a lot of ruins leave us with the shivers, there's a good reason to fear these abandoned power stations. They're full of dangerous substances and deadly gadgets. Plus, how can you really be sure they've been entirely shut down? You could be in for the shock of your life.

Powerplant IM, Belgium

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

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The Yonkers (or Glenwood) Power Station, New York City

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

It was completed in 1906 to make the electrification of the New York Central Railroad possible, but from 1936 the public transport company purchased its electricity instead of generating its own. The station is abandoned since 1968.

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

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Cherokee Nuclear Power Plant, near Gaffney, South Carolina

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

One reactor was only partially completed between the early 1970s and 1982, when the work was halted due to economic problems. Five years later it was a filming location for James Cameron's sci-fi thriller The Abyss, made this place to the largest underwater movie set in the world.

(via OpenBuildings)

Westport Power Plant, Baltimore, Maryland

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

At the time of its construction, in 1906, it was the world's largest reinforced concrete power plant.

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

(via Abandoned History, sublimeobserver/Flickr and opacity)

A power plant in Västerås, central Sweden

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

It was built between 1915 and 1917 with ten small boilers and a 7 MW turbine. Later it was improved with giant vertical boilers, the largest ones in Europe.

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

The plant was closed in 1992, but it's almost intact.

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

(via pbase/Jakob Ehrensvärd, John Eklund and Björn Sahlberg/Flickr)

Port Richmond (or Eagle River) Generating Station, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

The Neo-classical style building, designed for the Philadelphia Electric Company by John Windrim and engineer William C. L. Eglin, was built between 1919 and 1925.

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

It housed the world's largest Westinghouse-system turbo-generator. The power station operated for six decades before it was closed in 1985.

(via Shadowsandrust)

Centrale Thermique Terres Rouges, Luxembourg

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

Built in 1951 to convert furnace gases (which are released by the melting of the steel) to electricity.

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

(via Telefunker/Flickr)

Thorpe Marsh Power Station, Doncaster, United Kingdom

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

The prototype for all British modern power stations, the Thrope Marsh was a 1 Gigawatt coal-fired power station, operated between the early 1960s and 1994.

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

The station was demolished in the 2000s, and the original six cooling towers were pulled down in 2012.

(via 28dayslater and Wikimedia Commons)

Toronto Power Company Generating Station, Niagara Falls, Canada

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

It went online in November 1906 with eleven turbines, and worked for almost even decades. It was shut down February 15 1974.

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

Thanks to the Beaux-Arts architecture now it's like a steampunk haunted mansion.

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"Franklin Power Plant", somewhere in the USA

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

These Abandoned Power Stations Are Majestic in Their Decay

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