“If you can’t find anywhere to lay the track on, you’ll have to hang it on balloons”
It is hard to properly reflect in picture how breathtaking and impressive this railroad ... (more)
Flame thrower: just a natural occurence in thin air at 4758 m (15610 ft).
The La Oroya - Cerro de Pasco freight train travels on the shore of the Lake Chinchaycocha on the Altiplano with the Andean Cordillera in the background. The altitude is 4215 m (13830 ft).
The 2 Zig-zag switchbacks, Zig-Zag Abajo (below) and Zig-Zag Arriba (above) are the only ones on the La Oroya to Cerro de Pasco line. While the train is ready to move uphill at Zig-Zag Arriba, the... (more)
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)
At km 129, the canyon becomes narrow. The next tunnel uphill is the #34 whose exit is dug in the face of a vertical cliff, right in front of the famous "Puente Infiernillo" bridge.
Arapa - 4043 m asl (13264 ft) - is not the most welcoming place under a gloomy winter sky at night fall.
Downhill train at 4625 m (15170 ft) between tunnels 52 and 53, km 167.2.
On the 4.5%+ grade, the max speed downhill with a loaded train is 15 kmh (9.3 mph), and an automatic security syst... (more)
7800 HP power shunting in thin air at 4781 m asl (15686 ft)
The night is falling on the mining city of Casapalca at 4154 m asl (13630 ft). A downhill train loaded with ore concentrates from the many mines in the area has stopped for a crew change and will ... (more)
Reaching 4000 meters
At Km 148, the uphill train appears on the side of the cliff, out of a sharp curve. It is climbing at about 30km/h (19 mph), the max speed for uphill trains on the... (more)
Meet me at Viso Abajo: an uphill train passes the Viso bridges while a downhill waits in the Viso siding. This is not very high on the line. The altitude is only 2650 m (8700 ft).