The hidden mountains of Sierra Oculta

Very few photos of the FCPyF between Cumbre and Cuarto de Pulgada have been published. This is because the area is mountainous and isolated, though a few places have ancient Inca footpaths for access.

The image above was taken in the early 1940s when the two bridges featured had recently been rebuilt as concrete arches after the original steel trestle structures were both found to be badly corroded.

Two less well preserved, undated, pictures of the line have recently come to light when the work of a local photographer was discovered by one of his descendants. The first is of another bridge not far from Cumbre. The FCPyF’s civil engineer was an admirer of the bridges built by Robert (Concrete Bob) McAlpine.

The second old photo shows a truss girder bridge much closer to Cuarto de Pulgada with less rocky, but still difficult, terrain.

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About Bob Hughes

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