A steam crane loads pallets of flour from a box car into the hold of the Lake Titicacca steamer Ollanta. At the time of this photo a Hitachi 2-8-2 occasionally shunted the Puno docks. Unfortunate... (more)
A view of the same location from above – click here - will show you why the grade looks - and is indeed - so steep.
The grade is as steep as in the mountain even where the Lima - Galera - la Oroya main line crosses the mining city of Casapalca.