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Date: 01/28/19 10:58
Journey to the End of the Earth
Author: jbwest

Rediscovered this on my hard drive, thought it might of interest ot some. Steam, meter gauge, Andes mountains.  The text was written by an old friend and I took the pix.  This was truly back in the good old days.
Journey to the End of the Earth

There was some discussion of reopening this line for freight service, wonder whatever happened.  

JBWX



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/28/19 12:44 by jbwest.



Date: 01/28/19 14:03
Re: Journey to the End of the Earth
Author: jmt

Divide the line into two parts. Salta eastward to Socompa on the border, owned by the Argentinean State, and privately owned (freehold sold by Chilean State in 1996) Socompa to Augusta Victoria. West of AV is over track owned by LSE listed Antofagasta PLC, and operated by its subsidiary, London resident Antofagasta Railway Co. PLC (FCAB).

Ferronor, owned by Chilean trucking magnate Andrés Pirazolli is currently running at least one trainload of bulk chemicals per week to mines in the San Antonio de los Cobres area. These loads originate in the Port of Antofagasta and moved by Ferronor locos (12-645 re-powered U9C and GR12) over FCAB metal to the start of the Ferronor owned track. When this Ferronor service started at the beginning if 2016, Ferronor ran all of the way to San Antonio de los Cobres, however from around early 2017, it appears that loads are swapped with Belgrano Cargas at Socompa. Trains pull a caboose, with 2 crews alternating 8 hour shifts.

Recent photos from Augusta Victoria show large new rail stockpiles, and MofW contractors equipment, so work is occurring on Ferronor's section. The first 50 km east of AV is leased to FCAB, who move 5 to 6 trainloads of sulphuric acid to mines in the Escondida region daily. The spurs that leave the main at Estation Adolfo Zaldivar are owned by the mines.

 



Date: 01/28/19 16:54
Re: Journey to the End of the Earth
Author: zorz

jmt Wrote:
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> Divide the line into two parts. Salta eastward to
> Socompa on the border, owned by the Argentinean
> State, and privately owned (freehold sold by
> Chilean State in 1996) Socompa to Augusta
> Victoria. West of AV is over track owned by LSE
> listed Antofagasta PLC, and operated by its
> subsidiary, London resident Antofagasta Railway
> Co. PLC (FCAB).
>
> Ferronor, owned by Chilean trucking
> magnate Andrés Pirazolli is currently running at
> least one trainload of bulk chemicals per week to
> mines in the San Antonio de los Cobres area. These
> loads originate in the Port of Antofagasta and
> moved by Ferronor locos (12-645 re-powered U9C and
> GR12) over FCAB metal to the start of the Ferronor
> owned track. When this Ferronor service started at
> the beginning if 2016, Ferronor ran all of the way
> to San Antonio de los Cobres, however from around
> early 2017, it appears that loads are swapped with
> Belgrano Cargas at Socompa. Trains pull a caboose,
> with 2 crews alternating 8 hour shifts.
>
> Recent photos from Augusta Victoria show large new
> rail stockpiles, and MofW contractors equipment,
> so work is occurring on Ferronor's section. The
> first 50 km east of AV is leased to FCAB, who move
> 5 to 6 trainloads of sulphuric acid to mines in
> the Escondida region daily. The spurs that leave
> the main at Estation Adolfo Zaldivar are owned by
> the mines.
>
>  

Great info :)



Date: 01/28/19 18:00
Re: Journey to the End of the Earth
Author: jmt

Ferronor locos FCAB Antofagasta Patio Norte 12/12/2016
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=349710022061373&set=pb.100010671339718.-2207520000.1548725277.&type=3&theater

Ferronor GR12 Augusta Victoria 07/05/2018
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=598620110503695&set=pb.100010671339718.-2207520000.1548725228.&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=598620110503695&set=pb.100010671339718.-2207520000.1548725228.&type=3&theater

Returning from Argentina 07/11/2018
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=724552941243744&set=pb.100010671339718.-2207520000.1548725126.&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=724552907910414&set=pb.100010671339718.-2207520000.1548725126.&type=3&theater

Ex Aurizon (Queensland) GL26C-2 at Baquedano, purchased for use between Antofagasta and Salta
https://www.facebook.com/cazatrenes/videos/10156648625042518/
C&P this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtPsUibK_NA

Stockpiled ex Qld GL22C-2 rebuild core at Baquedano
https://www.facebook.com/cazatrenes/photos/a.10151236372607518/10155247658297518/?type=3&theater

GR12 with wagons transiting to Salta for long term hire to Argentinean MofW contractor
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=511146159251091&set=pb.100010671339718.-2207520000.1548726623.&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=511146159251091&set=pb.100010671339718.-2207520000.1548726623.&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=511146615917712&set=pb.100010671339718.-2207520000.1548726623.&type=3&theater

Battling snow just west of Socompd August 2018
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=664147983950907&set=pb.100010671339718.-2207520000.1548726298.&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211520331942657&set=pb.1194986365.-2207520000.1548726898.&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211520351943157&set=pb.1194986365.-2207520000.1548726898.&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211520350583123&set=pb.1194986365.-2207520000.1548726898.&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211520304221964&set=pb.1194986365.-2207520000.1548726898.&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211520303861955&set=pb.1194986365.-2207520000.1548726898.&type=3&theater
Loco is a 12-645 repowered U9C



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/29/19 18:59 by jmt.



Date: 01/29/19 09:42
Re: Journey to the End of the Earth
Author: jbwest

Thanks for the updated info regarding C-14.  It is a rather amazing railroad.

JBWX



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