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FERROCARRILES QUITO - SAN LORENZO
This was once a through line from Quyito to Lorenzo built as late as 1962 by the French but now cut back to two sections. The first the subject of this article, is from Ibarra to Primer Paso some 52 km, while the other is from San Lorenzo to El Progreso, some 40 km. The latter sees two services a day while the former sees one service a day.
It is an utterly fantastic trip clinging to the side of the mountains and while it has no switchbacks is as much an engineering masterpiece as the Guayaquil and Quito Railroad.These photographs were taken in August 2005.The track is in appalling condtion.
Railcar No. 36 arriving in Ibarra station to start its trip to Primer Paso.
Upstairs loads first!
Our driver today is Horatio.
The wiring in Ibarra station is rather unique.
A group of fellow travellers. No tourists at all this day. Tourists rarely come near this line which is one of the most fantastic in Ecuador.
Webmaster with Senor Marco, the local man in charge at Ibarra Station.
Line goes right down the middle of the main street.
Line starts crossing local minor ravines.
The gradient increases....
The line is now clinging to the cliff edge.
The line can be faintly made out at the bottom of the gorge.
At times plains appear from nowhere.
Bridges are primitive.
A plain is then entered which has much sugar cane.
The roof is now getting kinda crowded!
Sugar cane in every direction.
The line despite a daily service is very overgrown.
Horse on the line ahead! Animals are a constant problem.
The line is really overgrown now.
Stations have been literally abandoned
Still overgrown. Its amazing how the rails support anything. .
Leaving the plain its back to the gorge.
The track clings to the side with spectacular views.
Downwards as well from the train!
The scenery is only spectacular!
The line is headed down to the river, literally down the mountainside.
Driver and No. 2 at a "put in some sleepers" stop! We had to wait while sleepers were inserted.
The rear end of the railcar. The entry to the roof is from inside by way of ladder. This is the only railcar witht his as all others have their ladders on the outside.
The line looks derelict in places .
Not much to stop the train going over the side!
The track can be seen at the bottom of the gorge in the centre.
The new road spelt the end of the line as a passenger carrier as maximum speed is only about 20 m.p.h. on the track and 5 m.p.h. over a lot of it.
Find the track.
At the end of the line is a turntable.
With stone support it can drive off!
Across the bridge.
Roof View. Do not fall off!
On approaching a tunnel, driver sounds horn and everyone ducks. As this is a modern railway (1962) it has tunnel clearances fit for container traffic and almost roof passengers!
Now the fun starts! The station happens to be across the gorge from the train and the only access is for passengers to hook themselves onto a cable with a pulley and slide across!
View from the cable!
Webmaster with Horatio and No. 2.
Getting back to the train is even more fun.
All aboard for the return trip.
It's back up the mountain from 5,000 feet to 9,000 feet.
The evening sun makes everything look fabulous.
Even the occasional check rail.
Have to go all the way to the top.