Under a full moon and a starry sky, a Ferronor train of loaded copper concentrate hoppers charges around the horseshoe east of Montandon. The train had stopped briefly at Montandon and is now maki... (more)
A tiny train and the beautiful Andes of North Chile
This train hauls copper ore concentrate upward to the Potrerillos smelter. The smelter was built high in the mountain at a time when ... (more)
The train and its customer
After leaving the Potrerillos copper plant, this train of 23 loaded sulfuric acid tank cars starts its vertiginous descent to Montandon on the most spe... (more)
This train has 23 tank cars full of sulfuric acid. It has left the Potrerillos copper refinery around 9:00 am. The plant is very close. It is just a matter of about 10 kilo... (more)
That train has 23 tank cars full of sulfuric acid. That is a very heavy train considering the grade, and it goes down slowly. I saw it stopping twice, probably for cool... (more)
The line comes from the bottom of the valley that can be seen below the front of the engine.
The photographer comes from the zigzaging trail that can be seen above the ex... (more)
Another image of the spectacular upper section of the Potrerillos copper mine railroad. The mine and the line will close in a few years.
Into the hole
Ageing EMD Exports products working upgrade full throttle in the stunningly beautiful Andes.
Lost in a desert mountain of stone and dust
With this picture, I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all !!! Particularly to the RPN team, and to Markus Fischer my friend and team ... (more)
Descending from the Potrerillos Mine, this train carries empty sulfuric tank cars bound for refill for the acid-thirsty copper plant.
Mountain climbing on a 4%+ grade. This is the spectacular - and most inaccessible ! - section between Montandón and Potrerillos. The tank cars bring sulfuric acid to the Potrerillos copper complex... (more)