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.
The goal of The Photographers’ Railroad Page is to provide an outlet for top quality photographs and their story.
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.
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