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).
Paquita was built in the 1930's at the railroad's own Guadalupe shops near Lima. It is still in operation today. It was named Paquita to honor the wife of the then Peruvian President Oscar Benavid... (more)
Uphill train passing the massive Carrion Bridge