15 April 2012


Abandoned engine shed, Hamburg, Germany.
April 2012.
Click here to view a set of pictures
taken at the same place last October.

Sailing on the sea of space and time to take today
Waves of dancing dreams it seems you're drifting back my way
My heart was like a lonesome drummer beating endlessly
Your love was like a lighthouse beacon in my memory

(Rawlins Cross - Rockaway)

This weekend, I only worked the evening shift on Saturday. I went to Altona with a friend who wanted to buy some equipment at the Calumet store. Altona is my favourite borough of Hamburg - there are lots of shops and restaurants, among them the African restaurant Tropical Point, which I've recommended before. My friend Michal recently convinced me to give the "StadtRAD" a try. The StadtRAD isn't the coolest-looking bicycle that I could imagine, but it's a great innovation nevertheless. There are hire stations throughout the entire city and the first half hour is without charge. If you're planning to visit Hamburg, I'd recommend to sign up online. I haven't replaced the road bike that got stolen last spring, so I enjoyed our ride from Altona to Wandsbek - we rode past street art, saw several Volkswagen T3 Syncro vans in awesome condition, and last but not least, enjoyed the view across the Alster Lake. Later that night we celebrated a friend's birthday at a pool hall. I played regularly in England, so I owned the other guys. I didn't have a hangover this morning and there wasn't anything to do, which is why I drove down to Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg to the abandoned engine shed (Google Maps: "53.511781,10.005753"). It's a favourite among urban explorers in Hamburg.


donnie said...

the engine shed remains a great work of history and art :)

DeeBee L. said...

Interesting shots, as you can't stop trying to imagine the building "before"!

Emm said...

I never get tired of seeing photos of this place. I really like the abandoned, ruined state it is in.

I often find just the thought of a hangover is enough to stop me drinking too much these days. I hate that feeling!

Jenny Woolf said...

Sounds fun. I love old engineering and railway architecture, specially if it still has the machinery in it.

Dominic Doherty said...

Thanks a lot for your comments!

DeeBee: It's interesting you said that, because I feel the same way about this building... I often find myself thinking that this would be a great place for a field trip of students of archaeology to go to - they could do a survey, make a map of the area, and I'd love to see their drawings of what the main buildings might have looked like.

Mandy: Who doesn't hate a hangover? :-) You're only young once, however, so I can live with the occasional hangover if the night before was worth it!

Brooke said...

You seem to have so many places to visit that are abandoned :) Awesome pics too!

Dominic Doherty said...

Thank you Brooke! There aren't that many places around here... there's more of them in and around Berlin.

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne

This place looks great!
Have a nice weekend
Yvonne & Raphael

Dominic Doherty said...

Thank you Yvonne and Raphael! Have a nice weekend too!