A set of stairs leads up to another level. The floor and stair treads are covered in mosaic tile. The stair risers are solid copper.

Copper Stairs

Copper and brass were prominent elements in the Rankine power station. That's not surprising given the amount of copper used in the stators and rotors of a generator to create electricity. Brass is conductive but not nearly as much as copper.

During my visit to Rankine, one of the former station operators mentioned that a full time job was to polish the brass throughout the station on a regular basis. The handrails, railings, door knobs and frames. He made it sound like the interior was a gleaming spectacle of shiny soft metal. It must have been something to see...