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RIOBAMBA TO MOCHA
A beautiful morning with the volcano covered by snow as we make our way to Riobamba works.
Steam Engine No. 53, a Baldwin is arguably the pride of the Guayaquil and Quito fleet. Here are some shots showing her in all her glory and taken in August 2005 at Riobamba Works ready to go.
Inside the machine shop.
The Virgin looks over everybody.
Boxcar 503 in serviceable condition.
It is doubtful if auroferro 73 will be going anywhere again but you never know in Ecuador.
1992 Alsthom diesel number 2409, one of nine bought to revitalise the railroad. Alas, only two are operating, one from Riobamba and one from Quito. El Nino severed the line so until it is re-opened they are all stranded. There are two in Ibarra.
2404. They have little or no mileage done. The good thing is that two containers of parts has arrived so there is hope. They are really only suffering from cannibalisation and are otherwise like new.
Unlikely autoferro 94 is going anywhere and this is for sure.
A sad looking rear end to 94.
Ready to go. First we will go to Riobamba station and then depart there en route to Mocha. Currently the line stops at Mocha due to a landslide which should be shortly repaired.
How to remove a container from a rail wagon the Ecuadorean way. Put long bars under, jack them up and slide the wagon out from underneath.
The G & Q railway manager who achieves miracles.
94 approaching Riobamba staion coming down the main street.
Followed by 53 and its train.
An immaculate tender.
Approaching the entrance to the Station.
Entering Riobamba Station.
In Riobamba Station.
Riding the roof of the rail car the better to get photos of No. 53 behind.
A smoky exit with a car trying to commit suicide - a favourite occupation.
Better to sleep lying down as you might get decapitated sitting up. Webmaster asleep acrsos the seats.
On approaching a low bridge or low wires, four hoots and everyone ducks - or else! Heads down, right now! .
Typical Andean Railroad Picture. Note the brakeman on the roof. He can be kept busy running from wagon to wagon.
My favourite position when travelling!
Coming around the bend.
Just Like as in the Wild West Movies.
A bunch of kids.
What future for these kids?
A rather disused loop.
Farms like a patchwork quilt.
No train for a long time.
But good to see one as it comes around the bend for the first time in maybe two years.
The works end.
The tool box.
Approaching Urbina Summit from afar .
Near Urbina Summit, the higest point on the railroad, approximately 4,000 metres.
Entering Urbina Summit Station.
At the station.
The local inhabitants are out to meet us.
They do not know what to make of it.
Friendly LLama - but he sure spits!
Isn't he cuddly?
Some of the crew.
All of the crew.
Master mechanic Washington and his Professor.
Miryam and Dale Williams with John Kirchner from California without whose help none of this would have been possible. They work for Trains Unlimited who are without doubt the best railway tour company in the world.
Cow on the line!.
Cattle country now, a bit like Ireland in appearance.
Llamas on the line.
Very like Ireland, indeed.
Could be Donegal.
Not much protection on the bridges.
Approaching Mocha, the current end of the line. It is years since a train has been here.
Entering the station.
At the station. Time for a bite to eat.
How about some overgrown rats otherwise known as guinea pigs?
Don't they look dandy?
Hold it up!
Now thats a meal - if you survive it!
97 with its crew driver Gilberto and assistant Gonzales.