After cresting the Cumbre Pass summit, the Mejillones - Pampa - Cumbre - Prat line meanders on the north side of the coastal range in a vertiginous descent into the flat... (more)
Tanks and flats
The traffic never ends between the ports of Mejillones and Antofagasta and the mines in the Atacama Desert. Copper industry requires its daily flow of sulfuric ac... (more)
A train full of sulfuric acid has 4 engines for climbing the coastal range between the port of Mejillones and Cumbre pass. The 3 trucks are also dedicated to sulf... (more)
Fog on the Atacama
It almost never rains, but the morning coastal fog brings some welcome moisture on parts of the desert that are close to the Pacific Ocean. At dawn, on the bar... (more)
This train has 23 tank cars full of sulfuric acid. It has left the Potrerillos copper refinery around 9:00 am. The plant is very close. It is just a matter of about 10 kilo... (more)
With their work completed at Potash, UT, the local is just entering the massive cut at mile 31 and about to head into Bootlegger Canyon.
Dawn in the desert
It is 5:47 am. The sun has not yet reached the bottom of the valleys when the first of two trains coming down from the mines is negotiating the many meanders aro... (more)
Dawn in the desert
It is 6:23 am. The two morning trains coming down from the mines have already travelled for about 3 hours at night. The sun is rising and its rays are playing sh... (more)
In the afternoon two trains climb the line from Ilo. One goes to Toquepala and the other one goes to Cuajone. They are about 20 minutes apart. On that day when I too... (more)
DIESEL, DUST & DUSK
This harmony in dust and dusk was the result of the lucky encounter of a train at the right time with a railfan that had just inadvertently sent the right amo... (more)
Climbing from sea level out of Ilo, the Ilo-Toquepala line meanders in the middle of sand dunes above the Pacific coast.
A GP40-3 and a SD70 lead the first of two afternoon trains bound for the Toquepala and Cuajone Mines in the desert mountains of Southern Peru.
Railroad: Southern Peru Copper CorporationLocomotive: EMD GP40-3Location: Ilo, PeruLocomotive #: SPCC 32Train ID: -Photo Date: September 09, 2010
On the moon
Under the pictures that I took in the deserts of north Chile (Atacama) and south Peru, you have regularly added comments comparing the landscapes with those of the Mo... (more)