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Date: 12/05/22 04:29
Trains and sights on Chile's Atacama Desert
Author: masterphots

Havng spent the past weekend up north it was nice to find a few Newfies (EMD NF210s) still running on FCAB.  Also some interesting things rollin' down the highway.

1.  NF210 1416 plus a former Queensland GL26C with empty copper cathode flats at Cumbre.
2-3.   Highway sights.   The big tires are Michelen,  made in Brazil I believe.



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Date: 12/05/22 04:30
Re: Trains and sights on Chile's Atacama Desert
Author: masterphots

A few more highway sights.
 



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Date: 12/05/22 05:05
Re: Trains and sights on Chile's Atacama Desert
Author: masterphots

The quick way to get up north;  850 miles from Santiago to Antofagasta. 



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Date: 12/05/22 15:08
Re: Trains and sights on Chile's Atacama Desert
Author: retcsxcfm

Alan,
Neat stuff.Nothing like here in the states some ???? miles north.

Uncle Joe
Seffner,Fl.



Date: 12/05/22 15:46
Re: Trains and sights on Chile's Atacama Desert
Author: masterphots

The train picture is 20 miles from the beach along the Pacific Ocean.  The Holiday Inn where I stay is on the beach and about a 40-minute drive to Cumbre on the railroad.   The road sights are along the Pan American highway and such traffic is always there as equipment comes and goes from the various copper mines.   Lithium extraction doesn't require such equipment for the most part as it's soft and light weight so easily trucked to the brine ponds.  It's transported in huge heavy duty bags,  like fertilizer is.



Date: 12/05/22 16:40
Re: Trains and sights on Chile's Atacama Desert
Author: pedrop

Very nice pictures. It's difficilt to see out off road trucks like this on the road. In Brazil we can see them disassembled in big parts when moving between new mines. The tires can be seen here on the road or on the trains too.

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Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano MG,
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Date: 12/06/22 15:50
Re: Trains and sights on Chile's Atacama Desert
Author: callum_out

Regular site out in Nevada between Runnamucca and Elko as the mines move equipment around. Couple of haul truck
buckets so big they took two lanes, made driving interesting. 

Out 



Date: 12/06/22 17:11
Re: Trains and sights on Chile's Atacama Desert
Author: masterphots

callum_out Wrote:
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> Regular site out in Nevada between Runnamucca and
> Elko as the mines move equipment around. Couple of
> haul truck
> buckets so big they took two lanes, made driving
> interesting. 
>
> Out 

Here when really big stuff is moving,  they have a police escort and when traffic backs up a kilometer or so,  they pull off and let it all by.  Repeated as needed.   The few bridges over the main highway all have a dirt bypass so the "overweight" stuff doesn't get on the bridge.   At a place called Prat,  the bypass crosses FCAB at  level crossings on both sides of the highway bridge over the track.



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Date: 12/21/22 04:52
Re: Trains and sights on Chile's Atacama Desert
Author: E25

Interesting thread, Alan.

Greg Stadter
Phoenix, AZ



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