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Los Canos Loader

Not a passenger station, but was of enormous importance to the GSSR as the loading station for iron ore from Las Menas, Dulce María and Ramalillo mines which came down on a cableway built by Bleichert in 1918. The buckets emptied into two hoppers totalling a capacity of 40,000 tons and with an area of 3,800 square metres. Below the hopper were two tunnels that were designed to accept the GSSR iron ore wagons and to discharge ore to same through controlled shutters. There were three tracks, one of which was used for shunting of locos.

To load the goods trains (each consisting of twelve XXT 35 ton capacity wagons: 420 tons), the train shunted from the main line via a single set of points to one of the outer tracks. The loco was then unhitched and shunted back to push the wagons into the tunnel. It then travelled onto the main line whereby it went to Serón Station to be turned on the turntable (Los Canos didn't have one), thence to return to Los Canos to re-connect to the wagons for the journey to El Hornillo. The train had to leave via the centre track to pass over the weighbridge before continuing its journey. The weighing operation took place without the train stopping, simply travelling slowly to allow the technician to weigh each wagon. Los Canos was closed on 1st December 1969. The equipment such as weighing scales were removed in 1975 by Renfe.

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