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The Shrine

You approach as any new pilgrim would after a long, long journey across the dry, dusty desert.
You approach with trepidation.
You approach with wonder.
You approach with reverence.
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8 Responses to The Shrine

  1. Bob G says:

    Doug… Knowing you the way I do, I understand your reverance of these machines. If it were any of my other dear friends, I would ask them what they were smoking at the present. Bob

  2. AuMiller says:

    Still so great seeing and learning more and more about Chile. My brother was born there in 1926, my parents and sister lived there about 4 years. Copper mining took them there.
    Thank you. Pat and Frank

  3. Dennis says:

    Doug,

    This is awesome, I have a turntable for my LGB outdoor set and multiple locos, but never thought I would set eyes (vicariously) on this majestic railroad scenario.

    Dennis

  4. Melody says:

    Both my grandfathers worked for the railroad when they were younger. It is sad to see the death of these once mighty machines. Perhaps with the cost of oil they will be used once more

  5. Jerry says:

    Great photos…ghostly…I have heard of that desert…known for something. What is it?

  6. Larry Lord says:

    Doug,

    Thank you for posting this. What a magnificent sight to see. I’ve visited many railway museums and I am always astounded by the shear size and mechanical beauty of the equipment.
    It looks like you walked back into time, arriving just after everyone went home for the day.
    Take care! You’re living my dream.
    Larry

  7. Doug says:

    …I have heard of that desert…known for something. What is it?

    Jerry,

    There are areas here that have never had any measurable precipitation in recorded history, as in back to pre-Inca times.

    Those areas are the driest spots on earth.

    And they are really, really interesting.

    More soon…

    Doug

  8. Adam Hackney says:

    Man, now that is impressive right there. I can’t believe that is still there, looks like they just shut down in mid day and walked out. So strange to see them all sitting there like someone was just working on them. brings back memories of playing railroad tycoon. The idea of Carnegie steel in chile.