Zeche Consolidation

  • Adress

    Zeche Consolidation Schacht 9
    Consolstraße 1
    45889 Gelsenkirchen

  • Opening hours

    The Initiativkreis Bergwerk Consolidation e.V. opens the southern machine house every 1st Sunday in a month.
    More information at www.ib-consol.de

    The City of Gelsenkirchen opens the Werner Thiel collection in the northern machine house on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6 p.m.
    More information at www.gelsenkirchen.de – Kunstsammlung Werner Thiel

  • Tours

    Industrial history tours with demo of steam engine in the southern machine house
    Every 1st Sunday in a month at 2 p.m.

    Family tours
    Every 3rd Sunday in a month at 2 p.m.

  • Association

    Initiativkreis Bergwerk Consolidation e.V.
    www.ib-consol.de

Machine house south. One-of-a-kind inside.

The south machine house was created in 1922. It is a partially plastered brick building whose facade is representatively structured through pilasters. Drafts for the plant originate from the pen of master mine builder Heinrich von Bonin (1871 - 1927). In 1963, the machine house obtained a twin steam-driven winding machine, that visitors can still gaze at in wonder today in exhibition workshops. Its special feature: It is the last steam engine that was manufactured by the smeltery Gutenhoffnungshütte (GHH) in Oberhausen.

Machine house north. A building well worth seeing.

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.

Sponsor of the royal blues. The mine and FC Schalke 04.

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.

A close link developed permanently between the soccer club and the mine.

The club’s chairman, Fritz Unkel, was material administrator at Consol, and soccer legend Ernst Kuzorra worked at the mine as a coal miner. The plant provided the soccer club with property for the arena 'Glückauf- Kampfbahn' and supported the club in realizing the construction project. And even today, players of FC Schalke 04 are still described as knaves and they let the traditional miners’ song (Steigerlied) resound in the stadium.

Vast quantities of coal. Remarkable mining.

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.

Buildings

2 machine houses

1922 (south) and 1937 (north)

1 shaft hall

(pit bank with wagon turnaround)

Construction period

1922 headframe, southern hoisting machine building
1937 northern hoisting machine building

Shutdown

1993

Industrial monument

Headframe (1987), machine houses (1992)

Foundation location

Officially since 2004,
supported by the Foundation since 1997

Property

9.000 m²

Technical facilities/machines

1 headframe

1922

2 twin steam-driven winding machines

1938 (northern) and 1963 (southern)

Restoration, redevelopment and construction measures

2002–2005

Maintenance of the twin trestle

2004

Renovation of machine houses

2013

Installation of stairs in scaffold for operational purposes