At the historical railroad summit of the world - altitude 4681 m (15686 ft) -, all tracks are full of trains while a small incident that closed the line for some hours ... (more)
At km 129, the canyon becomes narrow. The next tunnel uphill is the #34 whose exit is dug in the face of a vertical cliff, right in front of the famous "Puente Infiernillo" bridge.
Arapa - 4043 m asl (13264 ft) - is not the most welcoming place under a gloomy winter sky at night fall.
Downhill train at 4625 m (15170 ft) between tunnels 52 and 53, km 167.2.
On the 4.5%+ grade, the max speed downhill with a loaded train is 15 kmh (9.3 mph), and an automatic security syst... (more)
7800 HP power shunting in thin air at 4781 m asl (15686 ft)
The night is falling on the mining city of Casapalca at 4154 m asl (13630 ft). A downhill train loaded with ore concentrates from the many mines in the area has stopped for a crew change and will ... (more)
Reaching 4000 meters
At Km 148, the uphill train appears on the side of the cliff, out of a sharp curve. It is climbing at about 30km/h (19 mph), the max speed for uphill trains on the... (more)
Meet me at Viso Abajo: an uphill train passes the Viso bridges while a downhill waits in the Viso siding. This is not very high on the line. The altitude is only 2650 m (8700 ft).
Approaching the Chinchan siding
At 4400m / 14400 ft asl, this westbound train coming down from the summit of the line travels under a gigantic pile of mining waste.