The Colombian town of Barrancas – tucked in a valley between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains and the Serranía del Perijá – has found a unique way to showcase the community’s mining ties. City officials formed a partnership with the local coal mine of Cerrejón, CHM Mining and Hitachi to put an EH5000 mining truck on display.
The EH5000 now sits next to Agua Luna Park and is the largest mining truck on display in Colombia.
Barrancas Mayor Jorge Cerchiaro felt it was important to find an emblem of the community that tourists could enjoy and capture in photos. In addition, the exhibition also serves as a way to educate Colombians and tourists about mining and coal extraction.
“If we hadn’t joined together, we wouldn’t have been able to get to this point, which was very important, not only to provide the department of La Guajira and the municipality with information on what mining and coal extraction is all about, but also for the many people in Colombia to get to know about it through tourism,” said Margarita Morelos, CHM Mining human resources manager.
The Hitachi EH5000 weighs roughly 470,000 pounds and measures more than 23 feet in height with a payload of 347 tons. Tourists can stop to take photos with the massive machine that is four times their height and has wheels that are double their height.
The display, which opened in April 2018, took more than two years to come to fruition. Cerchiaro initiated the project when he asked partners to find a way to show the mining community to tourists. The Cerrejón mine generously donated the EH5000 that is now on display. It was the third truck to ever be used at the mine, and many of the community members who work at the mine have personal anecdotes about working with the machine.
Those stories are now connected with the many new memories created for the tourists seeing Colombia’s largest mining truck on display.