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Grube Fortuna


Useful Information

Image: the working clothes are hoisted to the ceiling with chains.
Location: North of Solms-Oberbiel near Wetzlar.
Open: Mid-MAR to Mid-NOV Tue-Sat 9-16, last tour 14:45, Sun, Hol 10-17, last tour 15:45.
[2008]
Fee: Adults EUR 9, Children (0-5) not allowed, School Pupils EUR 5, Trainees EUR 5, Students EUR 5, Disabled EUR 5, Military EUR 5.
Groups: School Pupils EUR 4.
[2008]
Classification:  Iron Mine
Light: electric
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History

Image: this mine train brings visitors on the 105m level to the exhibition course.
 
1983mine closed.
1987opened to the public.
1993Feld- und Grubenbahnmuseum Fortuna (FGF) opened to the public.

Geology

In this iron mine the ores Roteisenstein (hematite) and Brauneisenstein (limonite) were mined. This are very iron rich ores with an iron content between 40 and 65%. The main deposit of this ores in Germany lies in the Lahn-Dill-area and the the neighboring Siegerland. The deposits are Devonian sediments. The iron ores in the area cause the opening of numerous mines, which are all closed today.


Description

Image: air powered train with shovel.

The Grube Fortuna (Fortuna Mine) was once owned by the company Krupp, and was the last working iron mine of Hessen when it was closed in 1983. Limonite and haematite were mined on various levels.

The tour starts with a movie, then the 45 minutes underground tour starts. The mine is entered through the Tiefer Stollen, a rather young and spacious tunnel. The name Tiefer Stollen is pretty common, and while it literally may be translated deep tunnel, what actually is meant is long tunnel. Generally very long tunnels, connecting different mine areas, were named such. Here is a hoist which bring the visitors down to the 150m level. A mine train ride of 450m leads to the part of the mine where the unterground tour takes place. The tour show the mining technology of the mid 20th century, especially working machinery powered by high pressure air and electricity.

The ore was mined with explosives, then the rubble was removed with electric dredges, with rail mounted or rail less mine trains with shovel. An underground mine train transported the ore to the hoist, which lifted it up to the Tiefer Stollen. The ore went to the ore treatment plant Kipphalle at Berghausen-Oberbiel where it was processed. Then a cable car transported the ore to the railroad station Albshausen and the Lahntalbahn (Lahn Valley Railroad) transported the ore to various furnaces. A part was transported with another cable car to the Georgshütte (George's Furnace) in Burgsolms.

The show mine was created by the Förderverein Besucherbergwerk Fortuna e.V. (Friends of the Show Mine Fortuna), a non profit organization founded after the closure of the mine. After the show mine was completed, it was transferred to the county which operates the sight. The club started to create a second museum on the same premises, the Feld- und Grubenbahnmuseum Fortuna (narrow gauge railway and mine railway museum). It is continually extended and contained in 2007 more than 50 locomotives and 100 cars. Most of the trains are in working condition and are demonstrated on about 10 days every year. On this days they are powered up an visitors can take a ride on the 2.5 kilometers long rails which include a forest and ascent part. Even without the train rides, the museum is an ideal completion of a mine visit.


Grube Fortuna Gallery

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