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RAILWAYS OF THE WORLD

AUSTRALIA RAILWAYS: CAIRNS KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY - COUNTRY LINK CANBERRA HERITAGE RAILWAY - NORTH WILLIAMSTOWN RAILWAY MUSEUM PUFFING BILLY - QUEENSLAND RAILWAYS - SEYMOUR TO BENALLA RAILWAY SKYRAIL - VICTORIAN GOLDFIELDS RAILWAY - ZIG ZAG RAILWAY - 707 GROUP - 3801
TRAVEL ARTICLES : BRISBANE - SYDNEY - MELBOURNE - WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS

TASMANIA RAILWAYS: DON RIVER RAILWAY - DERWENT VALLEY RAILWAY - HOBART TRANSPORT MUSEUM - SHEFFIELD RAILWAY - WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY TASMANIA TRAVEL ARTICLES

NEW ZEALAND RAILWAYS: ARTHURS PASS - AUCKLAND MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT (MOTAT) FERRYMEAD MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT - GLENBROOK RAILWAY - KINGSTON FLYER
MAINLINE STEAM AUCKLAND TO WELLINGTON AND PICTON TO INVERCARGILL - PLAINS RAILWAY PLEASANT POINT RAILWAY - TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY - WEKA PASS RAILWAY
NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL ARTICLES - MILFORD SOUND - T.S.S. EARNSLAW - ROTORUA

PERU RAILWAYS - PERURAIL - F.C.C.A. - CENTRAL RAILWAY - SOUTHERN RAILWAY
CUSCO AND SANTA ANA RAILWAY - HUANCAYO AND HUANCAVELICA RAILWAY YAURICOCHA RAILWAY - CERRO DE PASCO - ENAFER

ECUADOR RAILWAYS - FERROCARRILL ECUATORIANA
E.F.E. - E.N.F.E. - GUAYAQUIL & QUITO - QUITO & SAN LORENZO
DURAN - YAGUACHI - BUCAY - HUIGRA - SIBAMBE - ALAUSI - RIOBAMBA - URBINA - EL BOLICHE - TAMBILLO - QUITO
IBARRA - PRIMER PASO - LITA - EL PROGRESO - SAN LORENZO

IRISH RAIL - NORTHERN IRELAND RAILWAYS - TRALEE AND BLENNERVILLE STEAM RAILWAY
ENGLAND - FFESTINIOG RAILWAY - GREAT ORME TRAMWAY - SCOTLAND

EUROPEAN RAILWAYS : HARZER-SCHMALSPUR-BAHNEN-RASENDER ROLAND - MOLLI GERMAN STEAM RAILWAYS - CZECH RAILWAYS - MAJORCAN RAILWAYS
MOROCCO RAILWAYS - NORWAY RAILWAYS - POLISH RAILWAYS
ROMANIAN RAILWAYS - SPANISH RAILWAYS - SLOVAK RAILWAYS

Updated : 12th. April 2008

WELCOME TO THE SECTION ON PERURAIL -
ONE OF THE FINEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL RAILWAYS
IN THE WORLD.

PeruRail is one of the worlds best run Railways. It consists of:
1. The Cusco - Santa Ana Railway
2. The old Southern Railway of Peru.

THE CUZCO - SANTA ANA RAILWAY

This railway operates from Cusco and Urubamba to
Machu Picchu and The Dam

The Cusco and Santa Ana Railway, now part of PeruRail operates from Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incas originally operated to Quillabamba but after a landslide now only operates as far as the Hydroelectric Dam some fifteen km beyond Machu Picchu station.

The line starts at San Pedro Station in Cusco which has three passenger platforms and literally climbs up the mountain via two ziz-zags. Cusco is at just over 10,000 feet and it rises a further two thousand feet before beginning the long descent to Machu Picchu down the Urubamba valley.

The line opened in 1921 and was government owned until taken over by PeruRail in 1999. Its locomotives are all Alco mainly from the 70's. The 400 series are MLW (Alco) 532B Co-Cos. The passenger stock consist of four 1966 Ferrostal Railcars and six 1984 Bussing Railcars, all fitted with panoramic roof windows.

The latest arrival is a de-luxe train called the "Hiram Bingham". Passenger stock is generally Romanian built.

The pattern of service is a 0600 departure for the Bussing set followed by one scheduled backpacker at 0615 and a second, if demands requires at 0630. The local leaves at 0700 and is the only train running through to the dam but foreigners are not allowed on this train. The Ferrostals operate the daily service from Urubamba at 0610 and the local Ollanta to Machu Picchu shuttle.

Return services commence at 1530 from Machu Picchu and full timetables are on this site.

The Hiram Bingham operates from Poroy leaving at 0900 and returning at 1830 from the Ruins.

A connecting bus service operates from the railway station at Machu Picchu to the Ruins taking some twenty minutes literally straight up the mountain.

The railway is run under the watchful eye of Yasmine Martin, the General Manager for PeruRail who is one of the most competent railway managers anywhere in the world. She has done a superb job in preserving Peru's passenger service and it can truthfully be said to be of a higher standard than any european railway. She is ably abetted by Erika Hurtado. Full staff details will be inserted later. PeruRail carries on the great Southern tradition in having one of the best maintenance facilities and staff anywhere in the world. Breakdowns simply do not occur and punctuality is near 100% as makes no difference.

This railway is one of the highlights of the world and the scenery has no equal anywhere. But look at the photographs and make up your own mind.

PERURAIL - CUSCO - PUNO - AREQUIPA - MOLLENDO.

Peru Rail is one of the world's outstanding railways operating from sea level at Mollendo to a peak of 15,000 feet at La Raya on the line from Cusco to Puno and of course it operates the famous line from Cusco to the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu. The scenery is absolutely fantastic and one would never get tired of going up and down the Andes.

The old Southern Railway, now part of PeruRail operates from Mollendo on the Pacific Coast through Arequipa to Puno as one leg of a wye. The other leg operates from Punco to Cusco. This railway is standard gauge.

This section is inserted by way of sub-sections:
1. This Page has an Overall description.
2. The Cusco to Ollanta section of the Machu Picchu Line.
3. The Ollanta to Machu Picchu section of the Machu Picchu Line.
4. The Aguas Calientes to Hidroelectrica Dam section.
5. The Cusco to Puno Line.
6. The Puno to Arequipa Line.
7. Machu Picchu.
8. Lake Titicaca.
9. Equipment. NOT IN YET.
10. Timetables and Fares.

WE HAVE STARTED THIS BUT NOT FINISHED YET

PeruRail was formed in 1999 taking over from the run down and bankrupt ENAFER which in  turn derived its title from the original Company The Peruvian Corporation Limited.  This was nationalised by the Peruvian Government in 1961 and like all nationalised industries they really made a mess of it.

The trains are of the highest standards available anywhere in the world, run to time and are totally reliable, operated by loyal, dedicated, crews.

Specially designed first-class carriages have been added to most trains, with excellent dining services and improved washroom facilities.  In addition, there are now observation cars for unhindered viewing of the magnificent landscape. The standard of coaches would put any railway in ireland or the U.K. to shame.

The PeruRail livery is blue and yellow which takes over from the older yellow and orange which can be seen in some of the photos here.

The Locos are all Alco of 1960's vintage where as the railcars are Bussing and Ferrostal. 

A Full set of photos can be seen by clicking on left.