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Date: 02/05/21 05:23
Rockslide on the Chile Transandine
Author: masterphots

A very rare huge 4-day summer storm hit central/south Chile a week ago.  Flash flooding/mudslides in the Andean foothills,  hail, lightning, and snow at higher altitudes.  The snow stopped the flash flooding.   The remnant of the meter-gauge Transandine line that exists to serve the huge Andina copper mine north of Los Andes had a rockslide/washout on February 1.   I went up there yesterday and repairs are well underway and the line should return to service this weekend.  The remainder of the 20-mile line was untouched.  Weather back to the normal 95 degree sun. Photos show the damage to the line and yesterday's repairs underway.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 02/11/21 14:12 by masterphots.








Date: 02/05/21 05:36
Re: Washout on the Chile Transandine
Author: pedrop

A dangerous location for rock slides.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



Date: 02/05/21 06:43
Re: Washout on the Chile Transandine
Author: masterphots

Here's the line just beyond the tunnel;  no damage there though, as yesterday's photo shows




Date: 02/05/21 15:51
Re: Washout on the Chile Transandine
Author: retcsxcfm

Alan,
That looks like a lot of HARD rock.

Uncle Joe



Date: 02/05/21 20:20
Re: Washout on the Chile Transandine
Author: E25

Pretty impressive repair job.  Did you pick up a new drone?  Or just a parallel roadway across  the gulch.  Thanks for the post, Alan.

Greg Stadter
Phoenix, AZ



Date: 02/06/21 04:21
Re: Washout on the Chile Transandine
Author: masterphots

200-300 mm zoom from the tourist overlook on the highway.   The last shot about 120 mm from a ledge just above the tracks.  Gotta be very careful there as the wind is always howling through there.  Location about an hour drive from home.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/06/21 04:25 by masterphots.



Date: 02/06/21 17:28
Re: Washout on the Chile Transandine
Author: march_hare

Wow!

That last shot is a geotechnical engineer's nightmare.  No collapse there this time, but a few more years of freeze/thaw cycles could make that spot above the closest tunnel into a real problem.



Date: 02/07/21 10:41
Re: Washout on the Chile Transandine
Author: 55002

Great photos. Many thanks for those. chris uk.



Date: 02/09/21 13:40
Re: Washout on the Chile Transandine
Author: callum_out

Uh, where's the drainage for the ravine above the track?

Out 



Date: 02/09/21 15:18
Re: Washout on the Chile Transandine
Author: masterphots

Previously there's been little water coming down there;   maybe they've added something with the repairs. It seldom rains at that location and snow is rare and seldom sticks.  The snow line is a few miles north and 800 feet higher.   The line is now back in service.



Date: 02/09/21 15:22
Re: Washout on the Chile Transandine
Author: erielackawanna

Thanks for the photos. Hard to believe it's been well over a year since I was there.



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