The black stuff from Colombia (RX10M3)

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Digital Nigel Veteran Member • Posts: 6,451
The black stuff from Colombia (RX10M3)
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I visited Colombia a couple of months ago, to ride steam trains. This is only possible because of a small, private, very entrepreneurial family-run business (Turistren) in Bogotá which has acquired and refurbished a number of old Baldwin steam locomotives. It has also built some diesels of its own. Colombia's national railway stopped running trains in about 1990, but it still maintains some of the old tracks, and private franchises can operate on them. They run a few diesel or steam tourist trains for locals, but can put on a spectacular show for visiting groups of enthusiasts.

Lots of pictures in https://www.flickr.com/photos/recliner/sets/72157661325458607

Here's a few:

Four steam trains preparing for a simultaneous departure from Bogotá Savannah station.

Rare quadruple parallel steam train departure

Leaving Sabanah, Bogotá station

Locals grab the opportunity of pictures with a steam loco backdrop

The vintage Baldwin locos are very photogenic

Passing Suesca Rocks

Perhaps I was standing a bit too close to the track?

Climbing the hill to Zipaquirá

The (temporary) end of the line: the heavy steam engine can't pass this landslip

The Sabanah main station in Bogotá became a police station when trains stopped running, and now houses a display of vintage vintage police vehicles in the main hall. This is one of the more unlikely ones:

A drug lord's confiscated black Ferrari 348 Targa became a police car

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