Climbing the Andes, FCCA 1010 has almost reached the Chicla switchback which is located 3734 m above sea level (12251 ft). The railway crossing signs on the road are minimal. But trains are runnin... (more)
There is very little space for 2 trains to meet at the Chicla switchback. On the left of the picture, behind the strong bumpers made of concrete, there is a vertiginous c... (more)
FCCA 1010 entering the Viso siding at about 2650 meters above sea level (8694 ft) makes for a wonderful back & white subject, but the photo isn't so nice in colors. This... (more)
The switchback is busy with a downhill train led by FCCA 1000 waiting in the siding. Uphill FCCA 1010 must cut its train in 2 sections to pass the switchback. Once ... (more)
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)