FCAB GL26C-2 2005flagSalar de Ascotan Salar de Ascotan

San Cristobel mine empties for Bolivia

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©  Oct 3, 2012






Exposure: 1/400
Focal length: 38 mm
ISO: 200
Time: 13:56

San Cristobel mine empties for Bolivia

Lunar railways? emojione
Or maybe martian emojione
Harsh terrain must be stressful for the machines
Hi Nick, did you knew the timetable when you went there or not?
@joostboudewijns All I definitely knew was that there would be one or two trains each way. A friend in Santiago who had been up at Ascotan said that I should get to San Pedro, where the railway and highway 21 meet, before 9 a.m. Back in 2012 the road was fully surfaced as far as Chui Chui after which it's dirt. San Pedro was about 80 kms from Calama, which is where I started. I only had to wait 15 minutes or so before the Bolivian vans appeared. I followed them and in getting ahead caught up with this train - the mine empties to San Cristobal. so the two were running about 20 minutes apart.
Thank you! I will try to go there soon.
@joostboudewijns I am going back in a couple of weeks, all being well so will confirm what is running. My contact in Santiago says that it's still two trains a day each way, heading to the Bolivian border in the morning, returning in the afternoon. We shall see.
Good, I am trying to go in January, but sadly it is hard to find a rental car company who will rent to a 22yr old.
On December 21st only one train ran, arriving in Ollague at 13:30, much later than I expected. At this time of year the sun is too high, there are no shadows.
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