Portrait of an Andean Railroader
With the ubiquitous sharp grade in the background
No, he is not a hobo, nor is he a railroader. He is a security agent in charge of avoiding theft on trains. I was told that the railroad got 30 tarps stolen from freight cars on one train some tim... (more)
Downhill train passing the spectacular Chaupichaca Bridge where the grade is about 4% - 4.2%
The 4%+ grade is very visible as the Central Andino line climbing the west side of the Andes passes in the middle of the city of Casapalca.
Downhill train between Casapalca and Tunnel 51 at km 150, 4040 m asl / 13255 ft.
At 4758m asl (15610ft), the landscape around Ticlio looks like a war zone. It was completely devastated by mining activities.
4640 meters and still climbing (15220ft)
Between tunnel 55 and tunnel 56, FCCA 1008 is at kilometer 167.65 of the Callao-Lima-La Oroya line that climbs from sea level at km 0 and p... (more)
At 4657 meters above sea level (15279 ft) FCCA 1008 is climbing the last few miles before reaching the summit located inside the Galera tunnel (4782 m / 15689 ft). In this sector, below Ticlio, th... (more)
There are 2 switchbacks to gain altitude and get out of Casapalca, called Backus and Morkill. This is the Morkill switchback. The huge water tower on the left is part of a nearby mine, nothing to ... (more)
Cows on the track!North of Junin, a Cerro de Pasco to La Oroya train has some trouble travelling through a pasture area. Helped by the horn of the engine, the Brakeman pushes a herd... (more)
The Infiernillo Canyon
The picture shows the entire area at and below the famous Infiernillo Bridge. At this point, the Rio Rimac Valley (Rimac River) becomes very narrow between s... (more)