Urban Exploration - Railway Complex in Baquedano 🚂 | 茫茫大漠中的火车墓场2
The theme of Photogames Showoff Saturday hosted by bil.prag is Urban Exploration (abandoned buildings and locations). This topic has brought me down the memory lane to an urbex adventure in the middle of the Atacama Desert.
When I lived in Chile, I visited this abandoned railway complex with a small group of travelers. We embarked on a two-week road trip through the northern Atacama region, departing from the country's capital city Santiago. That was a tough journey after which everyone looked like charred coals, but it was also a very rewarding trip that I will never forget.:)
This railway network began in 1866, primarily to transport minerals from the Bolivian inland to the Chilean port of Antofagasta. Later, steam locomotives gave way to diesel engines in the late 1970s.
As a result, the station, as well as the small industrial town of Baquedano, which was founded around these railway works in 1910, fell into disuse and were eventually abandoned.
However, this location is still in good condition today. A locomotive arsenal, warehouses, wagon storage yards, a roundhouse, and a turntable can all be seen... As you can see from my photos, many of the trains and facilities appear to be fairly complete, despite having been abandoned for a long time. Even today, the large roundhouse can house up to 16 locomotives.
It's impressive to see so many details illustrating historical changes. The former meeting point of Chile's North-South and East-West railway lines now stands quietly in the hot and arid desert, telling a story of yesteryear.
图文 by Donica，谢谢来访！=)
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