They work very hard at high altitudes to make the FCCA trains running on one of the most difficult railroads in the world. They are the Central Andino Railroaders.
There are many tunnels on the Lima - La Oroya line, but they are not very long. Surprisinly, the longest one is not the summit (Galera) tunnel (only 1177m / 3863 ft). It is the Balta tunnel with 1... (more)
The end of the Cacray Arriba switchback track is a one-ended tunnel. The engine is pushing its tain into the tunnel in order to free the turnout before resuming its journey upward.
Uphill train approaching the huge "Puente Carrion" bridge
As their first task in the morning, these mechanics do some paperwork before beginning their work on the engines.
Here are the main locomotive maintenance shops of the FCCA. They are in Chosica, east of Lima.
“If you can’t find anywhere to lay the track on, you’ll have to hang it on balloons”
It is hard to properly reflect in picture how breathtaking and impressive this railroad ... (more)
Flame thrower: just a natural occurence in thin air at 4758 m (15610 ft).
The La Oroya - Cerro de Pasco freight train travels on the shore of the Lake Chinchaycocha on the Altiplano with the Andean Cordillera in the background. The altitude is 4215 m (13830 ft).
The 2 Zig-zag switchbacks, Zig-Zag Abajo (below) and Zig-Zag Arriba (above) are the only ones on the La Oroya to Cerro de Pasco line. While the train is ready to move uphill at Zig-Zag Arriba, the... (more)