Monday, May 27, 2013

E.C. Gaston Steam Plant

The E.C. Gaston Steam Plant is located in Wilsonville, Alabama, along the Lay Lake section of the Coosa River. It has a generating capacity of 1,880,000 kilowatts. The Gaston Plant is the second largest producer of mercury emissions in the United States, despite being ranked 17th in power production among Coal fired power plants.

Gaston Steam Plant

Mercury Injector

Sunday, May 26, 2013

James H. Miller, Jr Electric Generating Plant

The Miller Steam Plant is operated by Alabama Power, and is the fifth largest coal fired power plant in the United States. It went into service in 1978, and currently has a generating capacity of 2,640,000 kilowatts. It is also one of the most polluting plants in the United States, ranked at second in carbon dioxide gas production, and third in mercury emissions. I hope you don't live nearby, or you might just be re-re.

Miller Steam Plant Dusk


Miller Steam Plant Night

Miller Steam Plant Panorama

Panorama, click for larger view. No shame on the failed stitching at the power lines.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Bridge

Took my Roadster out for some fun driving around the Birmingham area. Found a couple of interesting places in the process.

This Parker through truss style bridge was abandoned in 1971, after a modern (boring) concrete bridge was built right next to it.

Abandoned Bridge

Bridge Out

The Way Over

Vintage Crossing




On a semi-related note, this is an abandoned railway bridge in the middle of an expensive Hoover neighborhood.

Train Crossing