The 'Anna' coke plant in Alsdorf
The mine and coking plant 'Anna' used to be a wonderful place. A stinky place, yes, but also a fascinating and beautiful one. The air was filled with smoke and the rhythmic music of the steam locomotives moving tonnes and tonnes of coke. The light of the coke illuminated the beautiful silhouette of the plant at night.
All this came to an end when the last coke was pushed out of the ovens in September 1992. Soon the demolition of what was once Europe's largest coking plant commenced and left just a few unrelated fragments.
Anna is gone.
I do really miss that dirty stinky place, and still feel a bit like back home in Alsdorf, when I smell the fumes of a coking plant somewhere.
The following photographs of 'Anna' show the works during the last years of it's active life and the sad end of one of the most important historic coking works in Germany.