out of the tunnel - over the bridge - into another tunnel .... and all this with towering mountains, nearly vertical walls of stone and a very narrow passage for rail and road - this is transport ... (more)
1015 on the small bridge in the middle of the second level of the Balta double loops.
before departure, the engineer and the "safety-man" have a chat. These safety-men ride on one of the last cars of each train to ensure braking possibility if the train should tear apart.
the last sunray is for FCCA 1012 ...
It is really an "empty" place in this northernmost part of the Atacama desert - you feel sort of being "lost in the nowhere"
SPCC 32 & 61 pass an interesting message -> we would say : Jesus loves you ! <- made from stones on the flank of the mountain
It's the early afternoon as SPCC 32 & 61 roar past this farmhouse out of use for decades already and slowly collapsing.
SPCC 61 has nearly reached Ilo, as the gradient of the tracks gets a bit smoother.
A sea of sand - the loneliness and vastness is breathtaking. Thanks to the red engines, there is at least a little colour ...
An anormeous advertisement of a mobile phone company is ondisplay on the flank of the hill ( "I am clear - how about you ?" ) above the loaded train of the SPCC
Perurail 751 has taken over a loaded petrol train at Pillones and rolls towards Juliaca. Note the stones - looking like cast around - as well as the structures in the background.
Perurail 751 has some loaded tank cars bound for Cuzco as it runs through the high desert in the last rays of the evening sun.
Perurail 752 and 756 have just arrived to Mollendo with their train of empty tank cars. They will be filled the next morning.
In the distance, you see the small castle above the beach, the Pacif... (more)
RhB freight crosses the junction between the two arms of the young river Rhine.
this local train makes a brief stop while the "Sea of Stones" towers in the background.