The furnace of Ulfshyttan. 2008. Ref 1
The furnace of Ulfshyttan. 2008. Ref 1
Foundries and mines in Bergslagen
Driving with mc to Trångfors forge.
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Översiktsbild av anläggningen. Ref 1
Overview of the plant. Ref. 1
Skantzen området i Hallstahammar. Ref 1
Skantzen area in Hallstahammar. Ref 1
Det gamla vattenhjulet. Ref 1
The old water wheel which was to follow building the new. Ref. 1
Det nya vattenhjulet under montage. Ref 1
The new water wheel after installation. Ref. 1
Mumblingshammaren. Ref 1
The hammar still not connected to the watter wheel. Ref. 1
Vattenhjulet som drivar hjälpsystemet till Lancashireugnarna. Ref 1
One of the other water wheels giving power for Lancashire oven. Ref .1
Vällugn av typ Lancashire. Ref 1
Lancashire oven. Ref 1
Det betonggjutna lyfthjulet till hammaren. Ref 1
The lifting wheel for the hammer made heavy with concrete. Ref. 1
En blåsmaskin i gott renoverat skick. Ref 1
The blower is in good renovated stand and can be run. Ref. 1
Lisjötallen satte rot 1720. Ref 1
The pine tree from Lisjö used for the water wheel axle, started it's life 1720. Ref. 1 Det renoverade vattenhjulet under rotation. Ref 1
The renovated waterwheel drung it's first rotations. Ref 1
Publiken på Trångforsdagen 2008. Ref 1
Publiken på Trångforsdagen 2008. Ref 1
"Bankaren"=smedhalvan. Ref 1
"Bankaren"=black smith helper. Ref 1
Trångfors forge is situated just north Hallstahammer with a walking path from recreation area of Skantzen. The forge took it's power directly from the channel of Strömsholm. From the beginning the water flow was quit big,  but since the power station was built in Trångfors the water amount was not enough for the forge. This plant was in use already 1629 and was enlarged 1799. Now with the Lancashire method to refine iron was installed. 4 heat ovens  were built up with all help tools and 3 water wheels for generating power. From these, 2 are still intact and one rebuilt following the old construction. This is a large work made during several years by Svedvi local  community. There is only one hammer left with which the iron was refined to deliver ready steel plates. As Trångfors wasn't equipped with any rolling mill, the refined steel must have been transported to such a work. The wheel  that lifted the hammer part is casted and made heavy with concrete which is not so common and the question is, if the Svedvi community have taken a short way with their renovation. This can also be seen on the new built water wheel. Stainless steel screws and reinforced corners with stainless plates. May be it is allowed. The main wooden axle is taken from a pine tree which once was grown in Lisjö forest. This tree started its life already 1720. Probably it was not enough with water to install a rolling mill and therefore, the forge was closed 1915. This because their rivals, for example Karmansbo. But 1917 a turbine was installed in the water fall to generate electricity. This was in use up to 1980 when Swedish Waterfall built a larger construction and redirected almost all water.  The turbine was sold to a smaller water stream in county of Småland. The left over water  and machines are enough to start a small scale tourist place to see it in use, with working oven and hammer. Some pictures from 2008 also show that Trångfors is a popular place in Hallstahammar. About 150 visitores came for the yearly meeting to see the plant. Looking at the steam engine tug Rex, build 1902 with the Union flag and buying ice cream. The plant could be seen and information was get from guides. The hammer was not yet fully installed and there was no fire in the Lancashire oven. As compensation the local repair works was on fire and someone smashed a hammer on red iron. The large water wheel was just rolling, because of to small amount of water. We interested in more than ice cream are looking forward when the next phase in the renovation steps have come further the next year.

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