Wednesday in the morning I left a client at the Callao navy base and, returning back, I have been stopped by the arrival of the sulphuric acid train.
Obviously, when the crossing has been freed, I rushed to document the event; this is what happens (probably it's easier to understand with satellite view,
The train coming from Lima crosses Avenida Faucett but, instead of enter Patio Central, follow approximately one mile more along avenida Atalaya and stops before the junction of the acid storage site. Here the incoming loco is uncoupled and temporarily stabled on a dead track recently re-built where, until few years ago, there was the track to the piers (sic...).
At the same time one of the smaller motors comes from the Patio Central and pushes the tankers rake inside the storage area.
But this work lasts approximately ten minutes during which Avenida Contralmirante Mora, where I was and, more important, where there is an important exit of the maritime custom area, is blocked by the train with the result of a concert of horns kindly offered by the truck drivers as well as the abundant curses of a railfan that wanted to go photograph (all in all I think there is no need to block the crossing but seems they don't care).
After the cut of the rake on the internal tracks and the liberation of the main line track, the first loco return to Patio Central to wait for another working
and the other one begins to shunt the cars for unloading.
At approximately 4.30 pm the loco on switching duty takes a part of the empty tankers and leaves them in front of the Patio Central from where they will follow with the last eastbound train of the day
Instead the remaining empties will return with one of trains of the next morning.
To complete the information, every working day the Cajamarquilla refinery (at the end of a branch from Santa Clara, extreme Eastern Lima suburbs) sends a full rake of sulphuric acid tankers to the storage site in the harbour area and approximately every three weeks it is shipped to Chile.
Why I returned to my beloved black and white?
1) because I like it very much
2) with the generally grey Lima weather it seems me that images result better than dull colour ones.
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