Going down the Potrerillos - Montandon grade
The last rays of the setting sun light a train going down toward Diego de Almagro in the Rio de la Sal valley.
Climbing the Andes toward the Potrerillos smelter
The ubiquitous sulfuric acid tank car can be seen everywhere in the Atacama desert. Sulruric acid is both a byproduct and a key ingredient in the Copper industry. Note the thick cloud of thin dust... (more)
Riding the salar
Southbound FCAB #210 ore train, destination Angamos harbour in Mejillones city, on a long trip from Ollague (Previously from San Cristobal Mine in Uyuni - Bolivia). In the left background, is appr... (more)
It is difficult to render the vastness and emptiness of these altiplano salt flats. I hope that this picture will make justice to these unusual landscapes.
The train is travelling from Uyuni... (more)
Climbing out of the Port of Barquito, this train is about to travel through the coastal city of Chañaral, and then will continue toward Diego de Almagro before reaching its final destination at Ll... (more)
A train full of borax and other minerals exported from Bolivia will reach the border with Chile in a matter of a few miles. It is running on one of the numerous salt flats that abound in this regi... (more)
Leaving Montandon, a single GR12 leads 11 empty gondolas to the "Planta Ceramicas", a filtering plant near Llanta that settle copper concentrate sludge brought there from the El Salvador... (more)
Going down from Potrerillos, a single GR12 leads 11 empty gondolas to the "Planta Ceramicas", a filtering plant near llanta that settle copper concentrate sludge brought there from the E... (more)
The last rays of sun illuminates the Cerro Ascotan Volcano (5486m / 18000 ft) as the San Cristobal (Bolivia) to Mejillones (Chile) train travels the Altiplano at 3866 m (12683 ft).
The FCAB operates freight trains on the line that goes to Argentina through Socompa Pass. On the Argentina side, there is no traffic except the famous tourist train "Tren de Las Nubes" (... (more)
Union Pacific’s MRONY manifest freight is skirting the Bookcliffs between Solitude and Floy, Utah, on March 16, 2009. Motive power on the eastbound train is EMD SD70M No. 4876 leading two newer SD... (more)
Old viaduct over the canyon of Loa river (built in 1899, 104 meters high), in Conchi town, and FCAB #209 ore train from Mejillones and a long travel to Ollagüe.