RailPictures.Net Photo: FCTA 261 Ferrocarril Tacna-Arica Sentinel railcar at Tacna, Peru by Jean-Marc Frybourg
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Ferrocarril Tacna-Arica (more..)
Sentinel railcar (more..)
Tacna station (more..)
Tacna, Peru (more..)
September 11, 2010
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FCTA 261 (more..)
Jean-Marc Frybourg (more..)
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Station or museum?

The 1936-built Sentinel railcar #261 goes out of the Tacna station. It is starting one of its 63 km long (39 miles) international trips to Arica, Chile. It does two return trips per day (Monday-Saturday). The line has the distinction of being Peru's oldest operating railway and the only one to cross an international border.

The Tacna station is extraordinary. With its ornate portal, it has changed little for more than a century. Inside the station there is a museum where it looks like operations of the steam era have suddenly stopped and the whole thing has been kept untouched ever since.

Everything is old or antiquated, including this railcar, the only one still in operation (it had a Volvo truck engine installed in the early 2000's). This service can legitimately be considered scandalous. And indeed, the Tacna Regional Government - who is the owner and operator of the Tacna-Arica railroad - should be ashamed of the derelict state of its passenger service. However for railfans, this is a pure delight.

For a few kilometers, the train will run in the middle of the streets, one of the oddest, quaintest and picturesque railroad scenes in Peru.

Coordinates of this picture: South 18d 0m 47.97s West 70d 15m 16.40s 555 m / 1821 ft Click here to view this location on Google Maps.
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