Portrait of an Andean Railroader
With the ubiquitous sharp grade in the background
The 4%+ grade is very visible as the Central Andino line climbing the west side of the Andes passes in the middle of the city of Casapalca.
Downhill FCCA 1010 passes a field of cultivated cactuses. Not sure if these are grown for production of cochineal natural pigments of for prickly pears.
The Sacrape horseshoe curve above Balta is one of the exceptions where the builders managed to avoid a switchback. In fact, together with the Balta horseshoe tunnel, it is a series of 2 consecutiv... (more)
There are few horseshoe curves on the FCCA as the usual way to gain height is by way of switchbacks. Here is the Sacrape horseshoe curve above Balta, near the small community of San Jeronimo de Su... (more)
A loaded descending train negotiates curves in an oasis at the foot of the mighty Andes