Rail Journey - Central to Kiama: Coalcliff Coke Works

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Ge Ko on March 20, 2009

Ian, please explain to me the work of the plant. Use simple words.

Nice greetings from sunny Germany,

Ge Ko

Ian Stehbens on March 22, 2009

Dear Ge Ko,

Black coal is mined around here, being extracted from the seams beneath the sandstone cliffs.

The coal is crushed to a fine texture and then is loaded into the coke oven.

The heat inside the ovens ignites the coal and a controlled burning process lasting from 3 to 4 days removes the volatile chemicals or gases to leave carbonised coal. This carbonised coal is called coke.

The red hot coke is then pushed out of the coke oven onto a receiving car before being quenched under water sprays. It is then crushed and screened to various sizes.

Coke is supplied to metal smelters for high temperature smelting.


Ge Ko on March 22, 2009

Ian, that was a very good explanation. I have understood everything. The process of coking, yet I know from school. In science subjects, I was good. In the language subjects, I was bad.

Ian, thanks for your effort.

I drove yesterday with my quad through my region.

11 pictures are new.

Greetings from the lowlands of the Oder river,

Ge Ko

Bogdan Brus on March 23, 2009

Прикольная штука.. !

Ian Stehbens on March 24, 2009

Спасибо за ваше посещение, и для вашей оценки этой фотографии. Thanks for your visit, and for your appreciation of this photo.

Josh Lynch on September 2

Hey Mate Just wondering how you got a permit to shoot there because I need to film a few things there but I don't know how I should go about getting a permit?

Ian Stehbens on September 2

Hi Josh,

It is simple. Catch a train and photograph as you go by, or approach management directly.


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