Manual sanding with wasted sand left on the tracks
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.
There are many tunnels on the Lima - La Oroya line, but they are not very long. Surprisinly, the longest one is not the summit (Galera) tunnel (only 1177m / 3863 ft). It is the Balta tunnel with 1... (more)
The end of the Cacray Arriba switchback track is a one-ended tunnel. The engine is pushing its tain into the tunnel in order to free the turnout before resuming its journey upward.
Uphill train approaching the huge "Puente Carrion" bridge
As their first task in the morning, these mechanics do some paperwork before beginning their work on the engines.
Here are the main locomotive maintenance shops of the FCCA. They are in Chosica, east of Lima.