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)
The Sacrape horseshoe curve above Balta is one of the exceptions where the builders managed to avoid a switchback. In fact, together with the Balta horseshoe tunnel, it is a series of 2 consecutiv... (more)
1009 and 1008 take a break at the Chicla switchback siding
A short upgrade train is approaching Casapalca. It has only 4 cars. This is a section of a train that was too heavy for climbing in one piece. Usually, upgrade trains are empty and it is trains go... (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 short relaxing break at the Chicla switchback. Altitude: 3734 m asl (12251 ft).
They work very hard at high altitudes to make the FCCA trains running on one of the most difficult railroads in the world. They are the Central Andino Railroaders.
At the historical railroad summit of the world - altitude 4681 m (15686 ft) -, all tracks are full of trains while a small incident that closed the line for some hours ... (more)
There are few horseshoe curves on the FCCA as the usual way to gain height is by way of switchbacks. Here is the Sacrape horseshoe curve above Balta, near the small community of San Jeronimo de Su... (more)