ENAFER Tacna - Arica/Chile line

Ben Gannett, 9/10/98: Along the Chilean-Peruvian border is a fairly obscure operation of FC de Peru. They run 2 trains from Tacna, Peru across the border to Arica, Chile and return. The first train is a railcar (Brill) powered by a 1952 Volvo engine. The second is a mixed train, with 2 bodegas, 3 British-made coaches, and the FC Tacna - Arica´s only locomotive - an ALCo DL531 (derated from 900 h.p. to 675 h.p.). Interestingly, it was built in 1958, and is actually the newest piece of equipment used by the FC Tacna - Arica (except maybe for the bodegas).

Enafer 300 shunting a bodega at Tacna, September 9th, 1998. At the left side the Baldwin 2-6-0 is merely visble under the roof of the Museo Ferrocarril. Another steamer sits in the background together with an equally fine assortment of rail equipment, the Brill car among (between the steamer and the shiny red speeder).

Ben Gannett photo
DL 531 #300 makes its morning run to Arica down the middle of Av. Cuzco at Tacna, September 9th, 1998.

Ben Gannett photo
DL531 #300 at Arica/Chile, December 1998. Behind is the mentioned Volvo-powered Brill car.

Guillermo Burgos photo
A closer look at 300, a nice RSD-8, Arica/Chile, December 1998.

Guillermo Burgos photo

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