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Date: 06/19/19 21:02
Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: erielackawanna

For the third day in a row as we approached Baquedano on the highway, we spoted a westbound headlight. This one was different though. It wasn't really a westbound. It was a southbound that hadn't gone around the loop yet. That meant it was not an FCAB train but was on the elusive Ferronor. From what I had read before arriving in Chile I didn't expect to see a Ferronor train. While they have a large shop in Baquedano, I could find nothing about any regular trains. We lucked out with this train of empty flats (with on very large box on one flat, a caboose, and a second GR12 that had a car alarm blaring the entire time we saw it). Anyone know if this is a regular move? Does it have a train number or symbol?

The whole time chasing this train south, I kept thinking how much the line reminded me of the USG Plaster City run in Southern California.

Image one is a roster grab of the lead GR12 while it is still facing west.

Image two is of the train switching onto the loop.

Image three is of the GR12s, now on the loop and facing east as they head towards the wye.


 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/19/19 21:10 by erielackawanna.








Date: 06/19/19 21:05
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: erielackawanna

Next three images are all of the chase south. This was all dirt road.








Date: 06/19/19 21:05
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: erielackawanna

Three more shots on the chase.








Date: 06/19/19 21:06
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: erielackawanna

One last parting shot.




Date: 06/19/19 21:12
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: JimBaker

Gosh!!,  That's desolation.
Thanks for all your efforts for showing this part of the world.

James R.(Jim) Baker
Whittier, CA



Date: 06/19/19 21:14
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: mns019

I am fascinated by these images from the Atacama Deseert, specifically the track structure, always appears to have the crib (rails and ties) completely filled to top of rails with dirt....if this blow dirt?   Is it windy in the Atacama?   Are there issues in keeping the tracks clear?  Since we can never see the ties , what do they use for ties, steel, concrete, wood???



Date: 06/19/19 21:15
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: erielackawanna

There are wood ties, no tie plates, screw fasteners. It is buried on purpose.



Date: 06/20/19 07:35
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: tomstp

If it wan't for the train you would think you were on Mars.



Date: 06/20/19 08:03
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: atsf121

Fantastic photos of the trains in Chile, I have enjoyed following your posts. The desolation in these photos makes our drives across Nevada look like a lush jungle.

Nathan

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Date: 06/20/19 22:21
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: SD45X

That EMD looks like a TM and a SD9 had a baby:)

Love the coverage. Have to take notes now:)

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Date: 06/21/19 07:40
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: CPRR

Great photos. Does anything live in that desert besides the required humanoids to do work?



Date: 06/21/19 07:49
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: erielackawanna

There might be some bacteria in the dirt, but that's it. There are no animals or plants, not even bugs.



Date: 06/21/19 07:59
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: zorz

erielackawanna Wrote:
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> There might be some bacteria in the dirt, but
> that's it. There are no animals or plants, not
> even bugs.

There is (for the most part) no bacteria in the dirt either.



Date: 06/21/19 08:06
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: erielackawanna

Thanks - I was just guessing. I should have looked it up before posting.



Date: 06/21/19 08:54
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: jcaestecker

Wow, the weed sprayers there are certainly effective!

-John



Date: 06/21/19 10:55
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: zorz

erielackawanna Wrote:
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> Thanks - I was just guessing. I should have looked
> it up before posting.

It’s all good - no criticism intended :)

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Date: 06/21/19 11:39
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: Utahfannz

Hi.
Have realy been impresed with your shots in the Atacama desert Chile.
i am a retired loco Engineer in New Zealand. I would be most interested to get your permission to use some of your pic in my club magazine here, the Hamilton Model Engineers
off course giving Aknowledgment to you if that is possible

Cheers Dave Simpson



Date: 06/21/19 18:23
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: DLM

Is this an old angent orage testing ground?  These photos show me the new definition of "nothing".  I have never seen a land with nothing.



Date: 06/21/19 20:07
Re: Ferronor Southbound Flats in Atacama Desert Chile
Author: goneon66

mns019 Wrote:
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> I am fascinated by these images from the Atacama
> Deseert, specifically the track structure, always
> appears to have the crib (rails and ties)
> completely filled to top of rails with dirt....if
> this blow dirt?   Is it windy in the Atacama? 
>  Are there issues in keeping the tracks clear? 
> Since we can never see the ties , what do they use
> for ties, steel, concrete, wood???

i was wondering about those things too.  it sure must be a bummer to "tamp" any piece of that railroad........

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