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Edition #236  December 15, 2015

Good photos usually have good stories to go with them.

Our appreciation and enjoyment of fine photography can grow when we learn a little more about the background.

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Photographer: Uwe Niggemeier

                                                                                   Photo by Uwe Niggemeier


For reasons apparently long forgotten, hot metal cars are called "Veronicas" in the Czech Republic. Each of these here carries about 130 tons of molten iron tapped at ArcelorMittal's blast furnaces in Ostrava to Evraz Vitkovice Steel's tiny BOF shop in nearby Vitkovice.

Founded in 1828 (still part of Austria then) the Vitkovice works are among the oldest working steel mills in Europe. Its blast furnaces where shut in 1993 (now a UNESCO heritage site) and the mill became dependent on hot metal supply from the much younger (built in 1951) Nova Hut steel works.

Vitkovice still has preserved the charm of an old style industrial town, with the works right downtown and bottle cars rattling through the back yards.

Uwe Niggemeier

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