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In a comment on the delightful Mexborough and Swinton trolleybus photo, Chris Barker mentioned the spectacle of a coke oven being discharged. It certainly was spectacular and the coke ovens at Royston (not too far from those at Manvers) proved to be a very successful (more so for being unplanned) backdrop for the night part of a photo shoot I organised with the preserved West Riding Roe-bodied Panther 164, LHL164F.
Unfortunately I still think of this as recent! Hopefully this photo gives an idea of the scale of the coke ovens. One to the right is being discharged, hence the glow. These would normally then be taken under a quenching tower to be doused with water - this was more dramatic in the day as you could then see the resulting column of steam (alright, technically water vapour).
There's another, more conventional, shot of 164 here.
Photo taken by David Beilby, Sunday 10 November 1996, Royston
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