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OPENING OF THE AGRUPA VICENTA MINE ~ LA UNION ~

Along with friends and colleagues from San Pedro, we waited with anticipation, to our trip on the “Land Train”, up the Sierra Minera, to be one of the first groups, to visit the Agrupa Vicenta Pyrite Mine. We were booked on the 10.45 Hrs., journey up “Road 33” to the mine.

The 10.15 “Train” was filling up nicely. Profesor Jose’ Manteca, from the Department de Ingenieria Minera, Geolo’gica y Cartografica, Universidad Polite’cnica De Cartagena, who is a member of the team that has put this Mining Park of La Union, on “The Map”, along with the work on opening the Agrupa Vicenta Mine to the public, greeted your reporter, as he climbed into the carriage, that was to take him, and his fellow travellers, to the mine entrance, wishing us all a visit to remember. Yes Profesor, but as it turned out, perhaps for the wrong reasons! It was 15 minutes later, that we had a feeling that all was not as it should be. The “Land Train” arrived back to the carpark, with the driver looking a little shaken and concerned. It would seem that break warning lights had indicated a problem! Not good on a 1 in 6 incline! Bonnet, or should we say, boiler and smoke box up, and after much shaking of heads and shoulder shrugging, it was decided that the “Train” was going nowhere, apart from the repair shop! “Never happened before” he stated. “No problem” said Ana, our guide, “We have sent for a Mini Coach, won’t be too long”. Just under an hour later, we at last took our seats in the Mini Coach, and made our way up to Agrupa Vicenta, passing passengers from the first train of the day, making their way down Road 33, on foot. I caught a glimpse of the “Good Profesor”, in the back seat of a private car, making it’s way back down the dusty track, no cheery wave this time! We, at last, arrived at the entrance to Mina Agrupa Vicenta. Nothing could wrong now. Don’t you belive it! “Smoke Ana, can’t get rid of it!”. The problem now it seemed, was the high-tech smoke generator, installed to give the visitor, a view of what happend after gunpowder is exploded deep underground. The duty engineer for the day, explained that the “Controlled” smoke injection, and gone out of

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