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The webmaster was fortunate enough to take the last train - and the first for ten years prior to that - to the mine and the photographs following will soon be history but give a taste of this unique Andean railroad.
The Railway climbs slowly, steadily and westward into a side valley and uphill over a plain in more than 4000 msl altitude. The line serves the Yauricocha mine, which is closed. It is heavy mountain railroading operating at altitudes from over 10,000 feet to 16,000 feet. Originally, it was a separate railway but is now part of the FCCA.
Railway starts from Pachacayo station which is on the mainline from Lima to
Huancayo just beyond La Oroya. Our special train has three coaches,
a parlour car and a barrier wagon drawn by Alco 436.
The line between the Central Station and the Yauricocha station passes
over the river.
The Yauricocha passenger station is long abandoned.
This is the runaway stop and I would say pretty effective.
I just would not like to be in the loco as it approaches its
- and the drivers - terminus.
Rails are not always necessary on a railway.
Someone seems to have forgot one or two here.
The line hugs the side of the gorge ...
And in places there is even green growth.
We have a 6000 foot climb ahead but it is warm here.
Imagine living in this local village.
Ahead and many thousands of feet higher is the permanently snow
clad Andes and the mine.
The line crosses many plateaus but uses them all to gain height.
It is literally uphill all the way.
It skirts lakes - there is plenty of rain and water around here ...
and field - not quite the right word - full of animals.
There is a copper tinge now appearing in the land.
These mountains have plenty copper.
It sure is an altiplano, brown, desolate, lonely!
Still climbing up and up.
One meets the occasional gorge with a little green.
Stone outcroppings come in all sorts of shapes.
Our train skirts a lake.
You would not want to have the train leave without you around here!
The curves are tight, the snow is around and it is starting to get cold.
436 photographed here for probably the last time.
On and on we go with the desolate power to the mine poles now abandoned.
Suddenly a house appears from nowhere.
They are probably 10 to 12 miles from the nearest dirt track.
The local washing machine!
Their animals are everywhere.No shortage of Alpaca.
At last at the mine. The stone mountains are stunning..
It is sad to see the abandoned mine once a hive of activity..
The wind whistling through is eerie
Webmaster and Mrs. Grimes at one of the most isolated places in the world.
The gear says it all on the temperature.
Up here at night it gets real cold, and I mean, cold.
The stone is stunning.
Believe it or not familes still live here because the houses are luxury compared to the alternatives even though they are abandoned.
Our train is turned, we are ready to go and another page in the life of the Yauricocha mine and railway is over.