Westbound stacker rounding the curve at Sloan.
Another Salt Lake causeway
Much like the Great Salt Lake causeway on the Lucin Cutoff (Utah), this is also a causeway on a salted lake although this lake is almost entirely dry. But sh... (more)
Barren Desolate Inhospitable Stark Harsh Empty Lonely Bleak
This is the "Salar de Carcote", one of the many magnificent spots on the line to Bolivia
The landscape was so different and so beautiful that I was shooting pictures like crazy, filling the memory cards at a speed that I had never reached before. So now comes the most difficult part: ... (more)
Coming down from the summit, this long westbound loaded with precious ore is negotiating the double horseshoe curves between Cumbre and Desesperado.
Coming from Prat, this westbound slowly comes close to the summit where FCAB 1405 East is waiting. The barren landscape is a reminder that the Atacama desert is the dryest place on Earth. There is... (more)
Lit by the first sun light of the day, an eastbound has just stopped at the Cumbre summit siding. Rear end helpers will be removed, some shunting will take place, and a long wait will follow until... (more)
Picture 6/8This one was missing. It shows how steep the grade is.
Picture 5/8Here is the fifth picture of the same Eastbound FCAB1406 of Dec 13 in the double horseshoe curve under the Cumbre Pass summit. All pictures were shot from the exact same loca... (more)
Picture 4/8Here is the fourth picture of the same Eastbound FCAB1406 of Dec 13 in the double horseshoe curve under the Cumbre Pass summit. All pictures were shot from the exact same loc... (more)
Picture 3/8Here is the third picture of the Eastbound FCAB1406 of Dec 13 in the double horseshoe curve under the Cumbre Pass summit.
Picture 2/8Markus Fischer and I discovered this area by chance. That was on our first day in the area. We had just arrived from the north, driving from Iquique. We noticed a train comin... (more)