Since San Bartolomé is a "switchback" with no counterpart, locomotives need to be run around the trains (and turned on the turntable) before proceeding. And since they've already taken the train a... (more)
FCCA's lower sections (well, close to 2000 m in this case) are still quite spectacular.
FCCA's 1001 is making its way down from the pass (still at about 4500 m).
This FCCA train has just left the switchbacks of Casapalca and is now headed for Chinchan.
In addition to the pain in the head (due to the altitude if you didn't have time to acclim... (more)
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.
1001 is close to the summit now at about 4710 m a.s.l.
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.