Accelerating out of Montandon, at the foot of the 3.9% grade
This downward train has just made a careful and safe stop to check the brakes. If you look carefully, you can see a railroader walking along the 2nd tank car
The train has 23 tank cars ... (more)
Toward the end of the vertiginous descent from Potrerillos to Montandon.
Yes, there's a train in this picture ;) GR12U 412 is hauling two loads of copper concentrate and empty tank cars on the grade from Montadon to Potrerillos.
It's a long way down.
Very hard work!
The slow and difficult climb with a loaded train full of copper concentrate, on the sharp grade leading to the Potrerillos plant.
The slow and difficult climb with a loaded train heavy with copper concentrate, on the sharp grade to the Potrerillos plant.
Some gentle slopes in Northern Chile...
A sulfuric acid tank train leaves the huge Potrerillos copper complex, starting the vetiginous descent toward Montandon. The plant facility is off-limits to railfans and visitors. The area is high... (more)