The Tamboraque Switchback
Goinig away from the photographer and climbing the grade, FCCA 1000 has just passed the Tamboraque switchback. A few moments ago the engine was pulling it... (more)
Downhill FCCA 1000 exits tunnel 44 at km 140.15, 3720 m asl (12205 ft)
At km 133, 3465 meters above sea level (11368 ft), FCCA 1000 climbing the mountain is about to enter Tunnel 38 whose uphill portal is right at the edge of the Puente Anche (Anche Bridge). This is ... (more)
Just above the famous Infiernillo bridge, the track was laid right where the river was previously flowing, and a tunnel was built for the river.
FCCA 1000 smokes it up as it pulls hard past the station at Tamboraque. Once the rear clears the switch the train will shove up hill navigating one of the many zig-zag's used to reach the summit a... (more)
Alone in the cold night, hard at work, he takes good care of the locomotive, at 2,378 m (7,802 ft) above sea level.
Changing brake shoes at night
Maintainance at night
After putting in a hard day at work on the Andean slopes, the FCCA #1000 is serviced in the small Matucana yard. Checking and maintaining the brakes is a crucial r... (more)
The tunnel on the left was built for the torrent. Before the line was built, the water used to flow where the track lies today.