Power plant purchasers in some parts of the world want equipment that will explode after ten years so you’ll come back and bribe them again. Here, however, is a little beauty: a Francis water turbine runner (730CV (= 720HP), 178rpm) that was installed at the Montesquiu drop on the Ter in northern Osona in 1932 and provided hydroelectric power operation for Energia Eléctrica del Ter until it was taken out of service in 1985. A shortage of reliable utility companies and of farmhouses has meant renewed interest in small turbines and in old generation houses, although it’s going to be a while before anyone climbs over the fence and nicks this particular piece of machinery.
- Holy smoke
Why a power station on the edge of Badalona is the most important religious building in Barcelona
- Aerial panorama of Barcelona’s old port in 1962
Another view of Barcelona, this time the centrefold from the magazine Triunfo in September 1962. Other photos on pp35-53, of which
- Zombie manufacturing
The death agonies of the car industry in Barcelona’s Zona Franca district.
- The metro to Nou Barris
Pictures of houses and a Derbi.
- The power of love
These two energetic logos are on one of my favourite day-off wanders: from the Plaça d’Espanya through the old backstreets of