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Rob R



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 16 4:10 pm    Post subject: Power station becomes visitor attraction  Reply with quote    

Power station becomes visitor attraction

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THE biggest power station in Britain is opening its doors to the public, in an effort to become North Yorkshire's most unusual visitor attraction.

Drax Power Station, near Selby, will be open to the public at weekends from Saturday (JUNE 4), to help the public understand more about the electricity production process.

The two-hour tours of the site, which creates eight per cent of the UK's electricity every day, will take visitors around the 850-foot chimney, 12 cooling towers and four giant biomass domes, which are each as tall as The Big One rollercoaster in Blackpool.

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 16 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We went to Hinkley Point as kids. Fascinating. People should go to these places.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 16 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd love to go, just getting the time

john of wessex



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 16 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its a pity more of these sorts of facilities arent open more often.

As a kid we used to get school trips all over the place including the Wills Cigarette factory

sean
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 16 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Did you get samples to take home?

Rob R



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 16 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We went to a hydro one while on holiday in Scotland many years ago, can't remember where it was though.

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 16 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's the craggy bit north of England.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 16 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's the one, thanks Nick!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 16 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Very good Nick.

I think it would be a good thing if more power stations and other big facilities were able to give guided tours. So few people have any idea how electricity is made, water purified for drinking, logs sawn, or any industrial process. I would find it fascinating, but then I do have unusual interests.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 16 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    



i wonder if they will let folk take core samples from the ash heap?

afaik school trips are often considered too expensive,too difficult to plan,too labour intensive and that they carry a high risk of litigation if the slightest thing goes wrong for many to be organised but it would be a good idea if youngsters actually got to see ,smell, hear, etc etc real places doing things rather than just watching "how it's made" or whatever on telly.

Last edited by dpack on Sun Jun 05, 16 6:07 pm; edited 1 time in total

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 16 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Ancient Farm near us has loads of school trips; in fact I think it is their main source of income, and the children have a go at quite a lot of things and get quite dirty sometimes. I also helped at a 17th century village where we had school trips, but because there were a lot of them, we mainly talked to them about things and showed them. Not industrial I know, but at least getting children out of the classroom and away from the TV to see it in real life.

RichardW



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 16 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Electric mountain in Llanberis is well worth the trip.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 16 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

when it was being built local knowledge suggested that the pump storage electric stuff was only part of the facility and that a massive amount of computer equipment was installed in other chambers prepared at the same time as the power plant.

if that was the case the same amount of pooter would now probably fit in a small hole.

if you do visit the powerstation a visit to the Vaynol arms in the llanberis pass is advised for a decent beer/meal and as a site of historical interest as it is the place where several himalayan 8k routes were planned .

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