Crew change in 2009 on engines built circa 1927
597m in 16.73 km
The very reason why the SQM has kept electric traction is the steep grade section between the sea level and Barriles. At Quillagua siding - about two thirds of... (more)
Andrea, an old GE Box Cab from the 1920's is the star of the evening on the steep slopes of the coast range above the city and harbour of Tocopilla.
Alejandra and Evelyn (SQM 607 and 606) are waiting for their sister Viviana (SQM 604) to come down from the mountain before resuming their trip to Barriles
Railroad: SQM (Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile)Locomotive: GE Box CabLocation: Quillagua, ChileLocomotive #: SQM 607Train ID: -Photo Date: December 10, 2009
This is the control stand of the GE Box Cab #601 "Andrea", built in April 1927. Ergonomics were not a concern in the 1920's. I suppose that the concept had not yet been invented. Interesting to se... (more)