The FCPyF is turned over to freight traffic once the day’s passenger trains have been dispatched. The sole exception during the night is a mixed railcar working from Cuarto to Grande and back. This train conveys LCL freight in railcar 9 with mail, express parcels and the occasional passenger in 22.
The train was captured on camera at Grande when the moon briefly broke through the winter* night’s cloud cover to bring a little light to the scene. Shortly afterwards railcars 22 and 9 set off on their return trip, running about ten minutes early. The bars turned out hours ago so there was no prospect of any additional passenger traffic rolling up for the night train to Cuarto.
* Sierra Oculta is in the southern hemisphere and, like neighbouring Peru, currently in the grip of some quite severe cold weather.
All was well until the train lurched suddenly to the right and came to an abrupt halt at Lago Cumbre. It is not scheduled to call here so it was obvious that there was something wrong. A couple of hours later the train was still in the same place, the cold clear light of dawn showing the reason why.
It’s going to be a long day!