Zeche Zweckel

  • Adress

    Zeche Zweckel Schacht 1/2
    Frentroper Straße 74  
    45966 Gladbeck 

  • Opening hours

    Zweckel mine is only accessible during tours and events.

  • Tours

    Industrial history tours
    Every 2nd and 4th Sunday in the month 
    2 p.m.

  • Association

    An association is not active at this location.

The machine hall. Engine of the former mine.

In the days when the conveyor belts at Zweckel were running at full speed, the machine hall was known as a main electrical supply station. That’s because inside of the building, countless compressors, generators and converters generated compressed air and electrical energy for the whole mine. In addition, that’s where the pit fans were housed, which ensured fresh air supply to the pit buildings. Today, only a few technical systems are still preserved. But the building’s dimension gives visitors a good idea of how big the machinery pool at Zweckel mine once was. You can also marvel at an Ilgner converter in the main building as well as the two electrical hoisting machines from 1908 in the two wings. The two last-mentioned makes originate from the plants of AEG (electrical) and Thyssen & Co. (mechanical).

The scaffoldings. Witnesses of mining.

At a first glance, you could almost miss seeing that a mine was on the premises of Zweckel mine. Now only the two one-storied single trestles over shaft 1 and 2 provide a direct indication of the coal and steel industry. They were built at the beginning of the 20th century in half-timbered construction and are one of the oldest preserved plants of their kind in the Ruhr region.

The mine’s history. Coal and bathers.

The mine produced the first coal in 1911. But another treasure was lying dormant in the depths of the earth that the miners discovered while they were sinking the shafts: a warm salt spring. And so a bathhouse was also built in 1928 which was extremely popular until it was shut down in 1950. In 1925, property rights of the Prussian mining tax authorities (Bergfiskus) were transferred to the newly founded state Bergwerks-AG Recklinghausen. Four years later, Zweckel mine worked in cooperation with the Scholven pit, where coal was produced starting in 1929. Shafts at Zweckel were used for lift cages, materials haulage and underground ventilation. In 1935, the state mining company Hibernia AG in Herne became the new owner of Zweckel mine. Ten years later, the mine operated independently again – coal was still produced at Scholven. At the end of 1951, another merger took place with the Scholven mine, which was decommissioned in 1963 together with the Zweckel mine. But shafts at Zweckel were still used: Until 1995, they served to retain water of the neighboring mines.

Buildings

1 machine hall

1909

Construction period:

1909 machine hall,
1910/12 Headframes

Shutdown

1963

Industrial monument

since 1988

Foundation location

since 1997

Property

40.000 m²

Technical facilities/machines

2 headframes

1910–1912

2 electrical hoisting machines

1908

1 Ilgner converter

1908

Restoration, redevelopment and construction measures

1997–2000

Cleaning of facades,
securing windows and sealing the roof

2002–2004

Renovation of roof and walls and conversion of machine hall into a venue for the Ruhrtriennale

2005

Restoration or reconstruction of historical
mural paintings (2 axes)

2006–2008

Design of outdoor facilities

2009–2014

Maintenance of historical fence system

2010–2012

Cleaning and preservation of hoisting machines
and converter and maintenance measures
on floor and wall tiles