|RAILWAYS OF THE ANDES was the first major English-language survey of the planning, construct-ion and operation of the major Andean railroads. Its author, Brian Fawcett, came to South America as a young man of 17, and spent almost a quarter of a century in the service of the Central Railway of Peru. His duties gave him a unique insight into the workings of that great railroad - which scales the highest railway summit in the world, at 15,848ft - and also enabled him to collect information, hitherto unpublished, about other Andean railroads. Here, then, is the story from the earliest pioneering days of Richard Trevithick and the legendary American entrepreneur, Henry Meiggs, through the construction era - with its massive toll of death and injury among the mainly imported workers and on into the present century, when the railroads have had to fight competition from highways and airlines. Railways featured include the metre gauge Transandine that linked Chile with Argentina; the FC Antofagasta (Chile) and Bolivia which forged for hundreds of miles across the desolate Bolivian Altiplano; and the Southern Railway of Peru which connected the Pacific Ocean with the Bolivian capital La Paz via Lake Titicaca - an uncanny ?voyage' two and a half miles above sea level! First published in i963, `Railways of the Andes` has been out of print for 30 years. This new Edition incorporates Fawcett`s original text - unaltered and unexpurgated - plus a new Preface and Introduction. It includes some of Fawcett`s original maps, supplemented by some more detailed new cartography, `period` artwork and advertisements and a fine selection of photographs, dating from the 1870s, many being the work of the Author himself.
1 The Backdrop
2 The Problems
3 The Solutions
4 The Human Element
5 The Transandine Link
6 Good Angel of the Altiplano
7 Nitrate Road
8 `Wonder Railway of the World'
9 `A Railway on the Roof of the World'
10 Highest and Hardest
11 Over the Top
12 Running the Mountain Section
13 Slim Gauge Rank and File
14 The Hazards of Mountain Railroading
15 Rat Holes
16 Andean Rails in the New Age
Country: Andes Sample Keywords: andes andean brian fawcett america peru 848ft richard trevithick american meiggs
Hardback. 18.5cm x 24.5cm. 224 Pages
125 Black & White Photographs