Shunting cars at the World's highest tunnel
At a height of 4781 m asl (15686 ft), the FCCA 1008 shunts cars on the Galera tracks by entering and exiting the summit tunnel. This wor... (more)
In Galera, the Andean summit of the FCCA line, a strong and cold wind blows on the Peruvian flag while an ageing GE (built in Brazil) poses for a postcard shot.
A track gang arriving in Galera
Driving to the summit
Getting out of the Galera tunnel, we are arriving at the summit station at 4781 meters above sea level, in the middle of the Andes Cordillera.
A pile of broken brake pieces and other discarded parts accumulates near the station building at the summit of the line, 4781 meters above sea level (15686 ft).
Difficult to rerail a hi-rail truck in the absence of a level crossing! The job was done with the help of several men and some stones.
Arapa - 4043 m asl (13264 ft) - is not the most welcoming place under a gloomy winter sky at night fall.
7800 HP power shunting in thin air at 4781 m asl (15686 ft)