A switchman is jumping off the (moving) lead engine as the train approaches the switchback between San Mateo and Rio Blanco.
1009 and 1008 are on their way to Rio Blanco, closely following the Carretera Central in this section.
A lucky shot - the sun had reached the bottom of the valley only a few minutes earlier. 1003 is crossing the Carretera Central twice over this steel bridge just before arriving at Rio Blanco.
FCCA no. 1008 and 1009 cross a bridge between San Mateo and Rio Blanco. The steel bridge underneath is an old road bridge.
1008 and 1009 are on their way to the summit, pictured between San Mateo and Rio Blanco, where the line crosses the valley and the road over this steel bridge.
A view of the same location from above – click here - will show you why the grade looks - and is indeed - so steep.
Infiernillo from below
Here is an opposite angle to the RPN picture 361316 of the famous “Puente Infiernillo”, ... (more)
This is another spectacular spot near the famous Infiernillo bridge, where the "Rio Rimac" turns into a waterfall. It flows out of an artificial tunnel that was b... (more)