Crew change at the end of the night
Two transportation systems: they are both serving the same copper production chain.
Quite an impressive engine on a meter gauge track! What annoys me in the "overall balance" (as would RPN screeners say, i.e. its look, or design) of the engine is the cap above the cab. ... (more)
Dawn on the Atacama
Two meter-gauge monster engines (FN 4602 and FN 4603) meet in the Atacama desert near Vallenar.
Artonges is a tiny middle of rural nowhere, similar to the myriad remote communities that can be found everywhere over the World. Artonges is located 84km / 52 miles fro... (more)
Light engine move: private operator VFLI, a SNCF affiliate, sends some of its diesels for maintenance at the Montmirail shops, located at the end of a remote branch line.
Although this looks like a branch line, it is not a branch line, at least from a French regulations viewpoint. This is a long spur, spanning about 8 km / 5 miles, and serving only the VFLI locomot... (more)