Upgrade train at Km 148 between Saltucana and Tunnel 49, altitude 3978 meters. The roof of freight cars travelling on a downgrade train can be seen in the ravine on the right.
Climbing the 4%+ grade, FCCA 1012 rounds the curve at km 167.2 between Tunnel 52 and Tunnel 53, at 4625 m above sea level (15170 ft).
The major "Central" highway ("Carretera Central") shares the narrow Rimac River valley with the Central Andean Raiway (Ferrocarril Central Andino) such as this spot where the t... (more)
On the mountain section where the grade can reach 4.7%, the engineer maintains a max speed of 15 km/h (9.3 mph) for his downgrade loaded train. His right hand is on the direct brake and his left h... (more)
The Ernesto Copello bridge is located at km 166.3 between Chinchan and Ticlio at 4592 meters above sea level (15066 ft). This small bridge - 50 meters long - is located on a spectacular high mount... (more)
Shunting cars at the World's highest tunnel
At a height of 4781 m asl (15686 ft), the FCCA 1008 shunts cars on the Galera tracks by entering and exiting the summit tunnel. This wor... (more)
Going to Cerro de Pasco, entering Junin on the Altiplano right behind the Andes range.
On the La Oroya ot Cerro de Pasco line, here is the double "Zig-Zag" switchback, with Zig-Zag Abajo (Abajo = below, bottom) and Zig-Zag Arriba (arriba = above, top).
Mechanics in the Balta light maintenance shop
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)