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Virtual Railfan Tour of Ecuador 1993 - Finale

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  Volcanoes in the Valley of Fire seen from Riobamba As a wrap up to Ecuador I am showing some other pictures I took in this intriguing country. The Andes seen from the Cuenca branch Milagro Schoolchildren waiting for the mixto The line runs through the main streets of the small towns. Bucay was a mixture of busy town and railway divisional point Bucay - getting a meal was cheap and easy Bucay - this couple were either drunk or drugged Alausi - chickpeas? being set out to dry on the sidewalk This pig looked bored Ingapirca is a town on the Cuenca branch where one can visit the old Inca ruins Santa Rosa on the Cuenca branch, Many houses here had guinea pigs living in the straw of the floors Santa Rosa on the Cuenca branch. That shed looks as if it might have been part of an old bus The Equator monument on the equator close to Quito The Andes from Quito Quito is a large city My one enduring memory is of the friendliness of the people and their bright clothing That completes my travels th

Virtual Railfan Tour of Ecuador 1993 - On to Quito

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  The regular train in the street at Alausi After I posted the last blog I found some more pictures of the roof ride so I am posting these next. The train was crowded Shoe shine boy at work Riding the roof in the streets of Alausi. The line further north was blocked by a land slide in a different location from my previous visit so again a bus was used to transport us across the gap. This time we had a steam locomotive for the final leg of the trip. It is amazing what you can see from an Ecuadoran train We stopped at Urbina summit for a run past and photos Our train was posed on the wye at Urbina so we had a good view of Chimborazo behind. At our final runpast we had a large audience of local people The ladies, in particular, had bright clothing This is my final shot. People were more interested in us than the train.

Virtual Railfan Tour of Ecuador 1993 - Up the Devil's Nose Again

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I believe our train was sent ahead from Sibambe so we could watch it climb the Devil's Nose.  We would them follow up to Alausi on the regular service train. Here our train is reversing between the two switchbacks The special is now on the upper sectionr Preparations are being made to feed the passengers This is the take out restaurant car with hot meals. Orders for the roof are passed up It is a bit of a climb but the roof is worthwhile - and if there is a derailment one knows which side to jump. There is a constant flow of sales people along the roof selling snacks, drinks, trinkets, shoe shine etc. The train staff come by collecting fares and checking tickets.  We were assigned a first class roof and made the trip in "comfort".  However the normal traveler has to be aware - there is the story about the  traveler who was thrown off the train by the crew because he was travelling on a first class roof with a second class ticket. We caught up with our train at Alausi.  

Virtual Railfan Tour of Ecuador 1993 - Bucay to Sibambe

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  We had a special train between Bucay and Sibambe The crew and several of us rode the roof. There were several interesting villages along the way. No riding on the roof of the locomotive. The railway shared the main street A meet. The local ladies came out to get hot water from the injector, kindly supplied by the fireman. We finally arrived at Sibambe. Not sure about this picture. It is definitely at Sibambe but the train is heading towards Bucay away from the Devil's Nose.

Virtual Railfan Tour of Ecuador 1993 - In the Lowlands

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  The mixto at Ventura My second visit to Ecuador was five years later in late 1993.  The system was operating in virtually the same way except that some new diesels had been obtained.  The service trains seemed to be even more over crowded than before.  We started out again from Duran with a special train. At Bucay we changed for a larger locomotive for the climb. There was an interesting delay at Bucay while we watched a steam locomotive being rerailed "Put her back on the way she came off".  The oft quoted phrase worked well here. They got the engine back in about twenty minutes. With fresh power we set out for the mountains.  We were allowed to travel anywhere on our train. Fireman Engineer Next we will climb the Devil's Nose to Alausi.