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THE MANZANO CABLE

Sorry, image missing The Manzano cable was a 10,477 metre system of cabling serving many mines in Bacares and Las Menas.

It was owned by The Bacares Iron Ore Mines Limited (the 'English' ).

The first section built was from Serón station 1,848 metres to Las Lomillas. The second section was 3,553 metres from Las Lomillas to 'El Empalme'. From here the 305 metre cable to Manzano was built, being followed by La Leona, Santa Catalina, La Pastora, Tachuela and finally, Las Menas, 2,610 metres.

It can be seen from the photograph that there was a complexity of cabling, especially in the Las Menas area.

See also the map produced by Miguel de Vicente.

The cable used was the Roe monocable manufactured by Ropeways Limited. This steel cable was 26 - 27mm diameter, made up of six cords each of seven 3mm strands wrapped around a central hemp core.

Distances are as follows:

StationHeight ASL (metres)Distance (m)
Serón loader7840
'Estación Divisoría'9761,836
Braking station1,1673,249
Mid-way waystation1,3745,389
Manzano loader1,3365,693
LOS LEONES BRANCH
Midway station1,3745,388
Buenavista loader1,3416,646
Los Leones loader1,4447,313
LOS LEONES - LAS MENAS BRANCH
Midway station1,3745,388
La Pastora loader1,4996,410
Las Menas loader1,5247,998
SANTA CATALINA BRANCH
Buenavista loader1,3416,646
Santa Catalina loader1,3636,880
CORTIJUELO CABLE
Serón loader7840
Braking station1,0563,263
'Angulo' station1,1903,880
Perdigones loader1,4467,237
Braking station1,6008,162
'Angulo' station1,6579,464
Cortijuelo loader1,49811,434
LAS MENAS BRANCH
Perdigones loader1,4467,237
Las Menas loader1,5247,732
CORTIJUELO - FRANCIA SECTION
Cortijuelo loader1,49811,434
San Ignacio loader1,56412,100
Francia loader1,67013,194

The GPS data are in two different formats. The second is the Spanish grid system which aligns with the map. If you have a Garmin etrex then it should be set as follows:

POSITION FRMT: UTM/UPS.

MAP DATUM: NAD83.

UNITS: METRIC.

NORTH REF: TRUE.

Click on a point on the map below. Blue squares are cuttings, red circles pylon bases. The cable is in the centre of the map and can be found by moving the map up and to the left.



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