Shrinking violets

There are several locos on the FCPyF which are seldom photographed, either because their duties keep them away from the public’s gaze or because they’re just not photogenic! Plymouth diesel #6 is a prime instance of this. Function over form, but a useful little loco nonetheless.

Tram loco #3 is another such example, normally allocated to the Puerto del Sastra line (not currently an active part of the layout), this loco has tram skirts and a very short wheelbase enabling it to negotiate the street-running tracks around the harbour.

This afternoon #3 ventured as far as Cumbre on the Cuarto line where it ran round its train in the siding just past the summit before returning to Centrales. We’re not sure why this trip was made but it was captured by an observant trainspotter. Trainspotters have to be observant on the FCPyF because if the militia find them they’re escorted off the premises under suspicion of being capitalist spies.

The Sierra Oculta Militia are not the brightest of fighting forces though, as can be seen in the photo above they’ve somehow managed to venture through the tunnel on the trackbed of the dismantled San Pedro line. They cannot go any further because they’ve reached the active railway at Cumbre and there are no roads in this part of Sierra Oculta. The Daimler scout car shouldn’t be a problem but they’re going to have trouble turning that big Dodge ammunition truck with a field gun in tow.

Having run round at Cumbre the tram loco returned bunker first down the hill to Centrales. Our trainspotter was about to head for home when he heard another train approaching, this time on the San Fernandez line.

Here we have a triple headed train of empty hoppers. As with other Andean railways the FCPyF’s raison d’être is mineral traffic so there’s nothing out of the ordinary about this train, other than its strange lash-up of motive power. The train loco is #48, a German-built tank engine, this is piloted by #11, a vertical boilered Climax geared locomotive, with #57 on the point.

#57 defies description, other than to say it’s unique.

What is really odd about this train is not the mixed use of geared and rod-driven locos. This is the FCPyF, what is really odd here is the mixed use of electric and clockwork models!



About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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