Photographs of rust-ridden power station that is now a movie set for many films!

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Eerie footage of the abandoned power station used in blockbuster TRANSFORMERS has been released.

Photographer Bob Thissen, 31, from Heerlen in the Netherlands snapped the rust-ridden plant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Since shutting down, the plant’s unusual, derelict appearance has been used in several films, most notably Michael Bay’s film Transformers: Rise of the Fallen (2009).

Other movies include the 1995 science fiction flick 12 Monkeys and M. Night Shyamalan’s movie The Last Airbender, released in 2010.

The site now appears far from its halcyon years when it was opened by the Philadelphia Electric Company (PECo) in 1925 and hosted the world’s largest system turbo generator.

After operating for six decades, it closed in 1985 but now lies beautifully decadent, with its rich rust and musky orange colouring.

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Bob said: “The whole plant is totally decayed from top to bottom and there is a lot of symmetry, which makes it so interesting to photograph.

“I liked the whole power station, but the most impressing part was the giant turbine room.

“I was totally amazed by its size and architecture.

“It also has one of the biggest open rooms ever designed and was inspired by the Roman baths.

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“During that time, companies believed that employees would work harder if they were in a nice building or environment.

“Now the place has been used in a lot of movies such as Transformers 2, 12 Monkeys, The Last Airbender and more.

“This location was beyond impressive and was at the top of my exploration list since I started urbexing.”

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Bob has been an urban explorer – also known as urbexing – for over nine years, he took the photographs during the middle of a snowstorm earlier this year.

He added: “We went inside at midnight and had to try sleeping there without sleeping bags on the rusty, cold metal plates.

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“And with water dripping on our faces in the freezing cold.

“Walking around there was pretty dangerous, concrete pieces were falling from the roof in the turbine hall due to the massive snowfall.

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“One concrete piece fell about 10ft away from me.

“But it was all worth it, it’s by far the best power station I’ve ever seen.”

To see more of his work visit: www.bobthissen.com