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    S Russel was originally formed in Leicester in 1864 in bath lane by Samuel Russell who was later joined by his sons,the company then opened a foundry in bonchurch streetin 1920.the company continued to grow and grow and in 1931 became a private company,in 1961 the company at its sites had 675 employees,the company was producing many works like high grade iron castings,sawing machinery,like circular metal sawing machines.they specialised in steel frame building,quarry plant structures and steel machinery components.the company was eventually taken over by chamberlain and hill castings in 2004.they operated a few other plants,they specialised in small to medium casting.the foundry eventually closed in 2016 but the other plants remain profitable and are still running.this foundry had its own furnaces and shot blast room.there is a conveyor belt for moving the castings around.and a nice workshop up top.i liked that,full of machinery..I have been wanting to go here for a while now.but had to wait.i eventually got to go with janovitch and man gone wrong,we made the early start to get in bright and early.i was aware there is secca there,and thanks to a tip of from pretty vacant I knew they had dogs.in the sand blasting room I could hear the dogs,at one point I was next to a door and behind it was two bull mastiffs barking away.they had been barking all morning,due to them being there I never got the chance to go to the finishing house,And dispatch.but was happy with what I saw,and we got out ok too.i don't know the full workings out and layout of the factory,but tried my best

    Loved the ghost sign for the original company





    The upper store room was full of moulds



    The workshop



















    Workshop office and stairs up to mould store room



    Going down to the main furnace area.















    The casting room.i could see the shoots coming down from the furnaces to fill the moulds up.





    The main are with great conveyor belt with lots of trolleys on to move the stuff about.























    The core shop.this building looks newer than the rest,and the machinery looked cleaner and newer too.













    A couple of smaller offices





    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Looks good to me nice place..
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    Love it, thanks.

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    Very nice, your photos get better when you are around derelict industry. My favourite machine has to be the Wadkin Pillar Drill, they don't make them like they used to. What a lot of moulding casts there are. There must have been a fair amount of activity in that factory going by your photos but now - an eerie silence.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Old school foundry, great photography Mikey, Thanks
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    Brilliant report, love those photos, nice job!

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    you didnt make it to the other side ?
    theyve made it virtually impossible now

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    That's such a nice place, thanks for posting.
    Formerly dauntless - ue, now back travelling down the derpy lane

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    Absolutely brilliant Mikeymutt. Proper, traditional heavy engineering (or at least what's left of it).

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    Thank you all.and md I mean the right hand side of the gates.were the offices and finishing house is.due to big dogs,
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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