The training mine in Recklinghausen/Germany is to be the biggest adventure mine for coal in Germany. For this purpose, the Ruhr Regional Association (RVR), the city of Recklinghausen and RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen, concluded a corresponding cooperation agreement.
The RVR has since taken over the area of the training mine under mining supervision from RAG. The purchase agreement between RVR and RAG was signed recently. The sponsoring association took over the 7 ha area in order to maintain it and open it up to visitors. The District Government of Arnsberg, which is responsible for mining in the state, already approved the continued operation of the training mine by the sponsoring association. At the end of 2021 it will be examined whether the training mine can be operated as a visitor mine over the long term.
The RAG will use the training mine for training activities, e.g. for the mine rescue team, and also pay for it until at least the end of 2021. The city of Recklinghausen undertakes to make up the deficit of the sponsoring association up to 40,000 €/a.
A mine that includes everything in the original form (1,400 m long and 17 m deep), which makes up the coal mining sector, belongs to the training mine. This includes three face advances, as well as longwalls. A shaft is also present and the tunnel system is ventilated like an active mine. The mining equipment, such as plane, shearer loaders and ram-type machines, on which the trainees of RAG previously practised, are fully operational. This way visitors can experience the mining processes on functioning machines first-hand.
In combination with the Museum of Electricity and Life, the Hoheward landscape park, the Hochlarmark district park and the Dragon Bridge, which are in the vicinity, an attractive tourism offer comes to life in the north of the Ruhr metropolitan region.
The RVR, the city of Recklinghausen, RAG and the sponsoring association presented the cooperative venture for the visitor and adventure mine on 1st October 2019 (Figure 1). (RAG/Si.)