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Rio Tinto Railway, Spain

The Rio Tinto Company built a 1067mm gauge railway in 1873-1875 to connect the mining area to the port at Huelva 84km away. Copper, iron and sulphur were extracted here. Photos taken on visits to the area on 28 & 30 December 2011.

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Remains of chimney flues that carried gases from the copper smelter.
Photograph taken on 28/12/2011 at 15:40
Remains of copper smelter and ore loading sidings.
Photograph taken on 28/12/2011 at 15:42
Remains of loading sidings.
Photograph taken on 28/12/2011 at 15:42
Remains of loading sidings. The preserved railway can be seen passing under the derelict bridge.
Photograph taken on 28/12/2011 at 15:46
Dodgy underbridge at Berrocal, about 18km south of the mines and 66km from Huelva.
Photograph taken on 28/12/2011 at 16:44
New and old road bridges cross the Rio Tinto river just north of Berrocal station. The rail route towards the mines is to the left.
Photograph taken on 28/12/2011 at 16:47
Sulphur deposits in the Rio Tinto river near Berrocal station.
Photograph taken on 28/12/2011 at 16:50
Looking north along the Rio Tinto river valley, with the disused railway on the left.
Photograph taken on 28/12/2011 at 16:53
Another view of the road bridges and railway just north of Berrocal station.
Photograph taken on 28/12/2011 at 17:00
Information board about Berrocal station.
Photograph taken on 28/12/2011 at 17:04
Remains of Berrocal station buildings.
Photograph taken on 28/12/2011 at 17:12
Rio Tinto Company Loco 832 (Hunslet, 1976) at Talleres Mina station, northern end of the preserved operation.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 13:19
Iron ore slag.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 13:32
Worked ground and spoil heaps.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 13:33
Worked ground, spoil heaps and sulphur....
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 13:35
Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn loco 200 (built 1953) at Zarandas.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 13:37
2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt 146 (built 1929) at Zarandas.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 13:39
Rio Tinto river.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 13:49
Rio Tinto river.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 13:56
Rio Tinto river.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 13:59
Los Frailes station, southern end of the preserved operation.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 14:06
Footbridge and non-operational signals at Los Frailes station.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 14:08
View from the footbridge at Los Frailes station.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 14:09
The Rio Tinto river "beach" at Los Frailes station.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 14:09
Rock formation on the beach at Los Frailes station.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 14:11
The Rio Tinto river at Los Frailes station The water here has 6 grams of metal content per litre and has a pH of 2 to 2.5. The river was like this before mining started, it's not caused by the mining.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 14:12
End of the line (turntable just out of view) at Talleres Mina station.
Photograph taken on 30/12/2011 at 14:59

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