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Date: 06/26/19 17:40
Question on SQM railroad in Chile
Author: pedrop

Hi, does somebody knows if the beautifull SQM narrow gauge eletric railroad in Tocopila, Vhile still in operation? I know it was damaged by a hurricane some years ago.

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Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Date: 06/26/19 20:46
Re: Question on SQM railroad in Chile
Author: usmc1401

From what I remember the railroad is shut down. Trucks are doing the job now. Have not heard anything in a few years. But I live in California.



Date: 06/26/19 21:46
Re: Question on SQM railroad in Chile
Author: up833

The operation was shut  down in 2015-16. Details on Wikepedia under SQM Railroad and info from the 2016 Annual Report.  All equipment was stored.  The railroad was destroyed in the area of the switchbacks.
RB



Date: 06/27/19 05:15
Re: Question on SQM railroad in Chile
Author: pedrop

Oh, it is a sad news. At least they stored the material.

up833 Wrote:
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> The operation was shut  down in 2015-16. Details
> on Wikepedia under SQM Railroad and info from the
> 2016 Annual Report.  All equipment was stored. 
> The railroad was destroyed in the area of the
> switchbacks.
> RB

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Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Date: 06/27/19 06:08
Re: Question on SQM railroad in Chile
Author: jmt

Not quite

The 3 NF210 were sold to FCAB, together with the 4 SW1200M

FCAB were also rumoured to have purchased a number of wagons

FCAB is believed to have resold the 3 NF210 plus 2 of the SW1200M to South Africa

Locos painted an allover dark blue with black frames, and moved to the Port area last Sunday

Photos of repainted locos are circulating on Facebook



Date: 06/27/19 06:37
Re: Question on SQM railroad in Chile
Author: utwazoo

Also both salitres shut down.  Pedro Valdivia in 2015 and Maria Elena within the past year.  An end to an important part of Atacama Desert history.   As mentioned above,  the railroad shut down totally in late 2015 and is slowly being removed.



Date: 06/27/19 09:08
Re: Question on SQM railroad in Chile
Author: Lurch_in_ABQ




Date: 06/27/19 09:12
Re: Question on SQM railroad in Chile
Author: up833

I am not familiar with the remaining mines..in Bolivia I would guess but the SQM is the largest provider of Lithium for electric car batteries.
RB



Date: 06/27/19 20:54
Re: Question on SQM railroad in Chile
Author: utwazoo

up833 Wrote:
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> I am not familiar with the remaining mines..in
> Bolivia I would guess but the SQM is the largest
> provider of Lithium for electric car batteries.
> RB

Which does not require rail transport.



Date: 06/29/19 00:02
Re: Question on SQM railroad in Chile
Author: 86235

utwazoo Wrote:
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> Also both salitres shut down.  Pedro Valdivia in
> 2015 and Maria Elena within the past year.  An
> end to an important part of Atacama Desert
> history.   As mentioned above,  the railroad
> shut down totally in late 2015 and is slowly being
> removed.

My grandfather worked at Maria Elena, this is what the town looked like 20 years ago.




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