In 1937, the north machine house was constructed as a cubically designed brick building. The plant’s master builder was the industrial architect and head of the construction department of Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG, Dr. Engineer Hans Väth (1897 – 1950). This machine house shelters a twin steam-driven winding machine, too, letting you imagine the forces that were at work here. The machine also comes from the smeltery Gutenhoffnungshütte and was manufactured in 1938.
We’re writing the year 1904. In the direct neighborhood of the Consolidation mine, in the streets and backyards of the Schalke community, ten young people regularly got together to play soccer. Some of them are apprentices at the mine and work as knaves underground. The young men establish the Westphalia Schalke Club, that soon enthuses people from the whole surrounding area.
Ever since it was founded in 1862, Consolidation mine ensures a strong upturn in the region’s population. Already at that time, the mine was considered as the most productive coal mine in the Ruhr region between 1872 and 1876. Already in 1873, the approx. 2060 employees mined at least 366,000 tons of coal. Ten years later, the yield was almost twice as large with 700,000 tons. Before the First World War, the mine produced an impressive amount of 1.95 million tons and was able to continue its success after the Second World War. In the 1950s, Consol cracked the magic mark of two million tons and over the course of its history it increased this up to more than three million.