A little lonely roadside shrine accompanies the passage of the FCAB train #209 (Mejillones - Ollague), by the Ascotan salt lake.
Triple traction with 3 different locomotives, EMD's GT22CU-3, NF-210 (GMD) and GR12. From Calama, FCAB train goes down Cumbre Pass with destination Mejillones.
The Volcano Ascotán is right behind the engines (5473m / 17957ft) as the evening light goes down and gets yellowish
A Canadian in the Atacama Desert: FCAB sulfuric acid and copper train, going up from Prat, and crosses the railway line known as Cumbre Pass, railroad connection between large copper mining... (more)
Descending the grade from Ascotán Pass to the salar
Cruising the salar
End of service at 3700m / 12150 ft
The engine on the left is ex-Australia QGR 2107D built by EMD-Clyde in 05/1971, shipped to Chile in Sept 2001. Power: 2000HP.
The engine #24... (more)
The ghost town and abandonned mine of Buenaventura, close to the Chile-Bolivia border