Soaking Pits

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The control stand was not unlike those on trams and on the overhead cranes.

Charging an ingot to the soaking pits for re-heating.

These were (coke oven gas or blast furnace gas) heated chambers where the ingots were left to soak, ensuring that their temperature was uniform throughout before they were rolled. There were four refractory lined pits, each capable of holding twenty ingots.

Here the operator is rolling back the electrically operated top while the ingot is being handled by a crane driver overhead.

 

The soaking pits were built in 1935 when the bessemer converters were modernised. They were built as two seperate units so that one could be taken out of service for maintenance.

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