All tracks are busy on the Chicla switchback, thus complicating the flow of trains. The situation requires that trains pass the switchback by cutting them in several car batches. The picture shows... (more)
NS 8566 at 12800 feet above sea level
A portrait of John Lopez, a skilled and very kind senior Peruvian engineer at the helm of an ex-NS GE Dash 8-39C. FCCA 1029 is ex-NS 8566 as c... (more)
John Lopez, senior FCCA engineer (inspector) runs his train backwards, pushing his freight cars with no visibility on the track forward. Thus he relies on the eyes of his colleague railroader stan... (more)
A few dozens meters away from the switchback turnout, the track gradients quickly diverge. This line has grades up to 4.7%. On the left of the picture between the trees, there is a train on the Ch... (more)
The track on the left after the turnout is the main line. It literally dives into a 4.5% gradient.
A short relaxing break at the Chicla switchback. Altitude: 3734 m asl (12251 ft).
Reaching 4000 meters
At Km 148, the uphill train appears on the side of the cliff, out of a sharp curve. It is climbing at about 30km/h (19 mph), the max speed for uphill trains on the... (more)
These sheep have an iron constitution!
ex US Conrail GE30 hired by FCCA climbing in the Peruvian Andes