1009 and 1008 are on their way to Rio Blanco, closely following the Carretera Central in this section.
1001 will reach Casapalca in a few minutes. Down in the valley you can see the Carretera Central. Also note that even though we are at close to 4000 meters asl, there are still trees growing here!
701 has just passed the curves and loops through the cactus fields (very nasty, I can tell you) around the town of San Bartolomé, which you can see in the background. The train will shortly reach ... (more)
A lucky shot - the sun had reached the bottom of the valley only a few minutes earlier. 1003 is crossing the Carretera Central twice over this steel bridge just before arriving at Rio Blanco.
Because San Bartolomé is a switchback without counterpart, trains have to be re-arranged before they can proceed to Lima. After an epic one-hour shunting operation 701 is finally being coupled to ... (more)
FCCA no. 1008 and 1009 cross a bridge between San Mateo and Rio Blanco. The steel bridge underneath is an old road bridge.
FCCA no. 1008 and 1009 climbing a switchback between Matucana and Tamboraque
FCCA's lower sections (well, close to 2000 m in this case) are still quite spectacular.
FCCA's 1001 is making its way down from the pass (still at about 4500 m).
This FCCA train has just left the switchbacks of Casapalca and is now headed for Chinchan.
In addition to the pain in the head (due to the altitude if you didn't have time to acclim... (more)
1008 and 1009 are on their way to the summit, pictured between San Mateo and Rio Blanco, where the line crosses the valley and the road over this steel bridge.
1001 is close to the summit now at about 4710 m a.s.l.
A view of the same location from above – click here - will show you why the grade looks - and is indeed - so steep.
The grade is as steep as in the mountain even where the Lima - Galera - la Oroya main line crosses the mining city of Casapalca.