Definitely not the terrain to build a railroad! Nevertheless, there was created a line up to the mine of Potrerillos in 1928.
GR22CU # 94 of 1971 is pulling a train with 9 empty sulphuric acid ta... (more)
The narrow valley is filled with donner and smoke of the worn out GR12 # 93 and 412 of the Ferronor train from Llanta up to Potrerillos.
The very durty GR12 # 93 and 412 of Ferronor are pulling 7 loaded hoppers with copper concentrate from the loading site above Llanta and 4 empty sulphuric acid tank cars from the unloading track i... (more)
Not all of the Atacama desert is completely without vegetation. Here in the valley floor there are few water, some green and grazing horses. EMG GR12 93 (built in 1965 for the Ferrocarril de Potre... (more)
The two EMD 567 diesel engines of GR12 # 401 and 91 of Ferronor make an indescribable sound when the train with 23 empty sulphuric acid tank cars crossed the narrow valley and passes through the t... (more)
On his way to the Potrerillos foundry, 2 locomotives EMD GR12 trail hoppers copper concentrate in the last section of the route: The spectacular ascent from Montandon to Potrerillos, where the rai... (more)
Climber Train: Two locomotive EMD G12 continuous route to Potrerillos with acid train, in the middle of the Andes mountain. The ascent from Montandon to Potrerillos, with a steep slope and next to... (more)
A tiny train and the beautiful Andes of North Chile
This train hauls copper ore concentrate upward to the Potrerillos smelter. The smelter was built high in the mountain at a time when ... (more)
Empty train ascending the steep slope that begins at the station Montandon, and passing through the first tunnel. This train goes to Potrerillos Plant, where then loaded with sulfuric acid. Then, ... (more)
An early morning train meet: the 409 is coming from Potrerillos while the 94 has been waiting its turn to climb to the copper plant for quite some hours during the night.
Light engines move, from Potrerillos down to Llanta
The train and its customer
After leaving the Potrerillos copper plant, this train of 23 loaded sulfuric acid tank cars starts its vertiginous descent to Montandon on the most spe... (more)