RailPictures.Net Photo: SQM 604 SQM (Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile) GE Box Cab at Tocopilla, Chile by Jean-Marc Frybourg
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SQM (Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile) (more..)
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Ferrocarril de Tocopilla al Toco - ex FCTT (more..)
Tocopilla, Chile (more..)
December 21, 2009
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SQM 604 (more..)
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Viviana #604 and Alejandra #607 are going out of the Tocopilla harbour for a morning trip to Barriles with empty cars while a cargo ship is being loaded with potassium nitrate and another one is waiting its turn. The SQM railroad carries the nitrate from the Maria Elena mine to Tocopilla. The north of Chile has the biggest "caliche" mineral deposits known in the world and the only source of commercially-exploited natural nitrates in the planet.

Click here to see the nice pictures of my friend Markus Fischer taken on the same trip.
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