Approaching the Chinchan siding
At 4400m / 14400 ft asl, this westbound train coming down from the summit of the line travels under a gigantic pile of mining waste.
Tunnel 33 uphill exit: Km 129.91, Alt. 3313m (10870 ft)
At 3567 m (11703 ft) above sea level, less oxygen in the air means that the fuel does not properly burn in the prime mover. A flame may burst out of the exhaust stack when accelerating at low spee... (more)
Climbing the Andes Cordillera, this train has passsed the Tamboraque and Aruri switchbacks, around km123, at about 3100 m asl (10170 ft). The track that can be seen below the nose of the engine ha... (more)
There are few horseshoe curves on the FCCA as the usual way to gain height is by way of switchbacks. Here is the Sacrape horseshoe curve above Balta, near the small community of San Jeronimo de Su... (more)
Light maintenance shop in Balta
Galera, "Altura 15681 pies"
This is the railroad summit of the Andes, 2nd highest railroad summit on Earth.
Out of Tunnel 34, onto Infiernillo bridge, right before entering tunnel 35...
Early morning shunting before sunrise
These sheep have an iron constitution!
At about 4740 m asl (15550 ft), the FCCA 1012 has an EOT device attached because it is shoving on the rear, with another engine on the head end of the train.
The Central Andino Railroad in Peru is not any more the highest railroad on Earth since China built a line in Tibet. But it is still the most spectacular. A standard ... (more)