At 4360 m above sea level (14304ft), FCCA 1012 starts tackling the last part of the 4%+ grade leading to Ticlio and the summit tunnel 420m higher (1380 ft).
High altitude crew changeAt 4360 meters above sea level (14304 ft) in the Andes Range, Chinchan is an occasional crew change point when needed. This was the case for this train desc... (more)
The Ernesto Copello bridge is located at km 166.3 between Chinchan and Ticlio at 4592 meters above sea level (15066 ft). It is a small bridge, 50 meters long. But this is a spectacular high mounta... (more)
Descending from the summit, FCCA 1026 passes the former Meiggs siding, entering the shadow of the surrounding mountains.
Climbing the grade around 4580 meters asl between the former Meiggs siding and Puente Ernesto Copello
Climbing the 4%+ grade, FCCA 1012 rounds the curve at km 167.2 between Tunnel 52 and Tunnel 53, at 4625 m above sea level (15170 ft).
On the mountain section where the grade can reach 4.7%, the engineer maintains a max speed of 15 km/h (9.3 mph) for his downgrade loaded train. His right hand is on the direct brake and his left h... (more)
The Ernesto Copello bridge is located at km 166.3 between Chinchan and Ticlio at 4592 meters above sea level (15066 ft). This small bridge - 50 meters long - is located on a spectacular high mount... (more)
A short upgrade train is approaching Casapalca. It has only 4 cars. This is a section of a train that was too heavy for climbing in one piece. Usually, upgrade trains are empty and it is trains go... (more)
Chinchan from above (Chinchan is at 4360 m asl / 14300 ft)