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2' 6" gauge in Bolivia

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by Dumphrey, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Dumphrey

    Dumphrey New Member

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    Whilst browsing through 2’6”/750mm survivors, I was reminded about the wrecks of the former Compania Huanchaca de Bolivia (FC Uyuni-Pulacayo) at Pulacayo high up on the Bolivian Altiplano; a place that is now a UNESCO Heritage site.
    Of the six steam locos “displayed” there, all of whose identities are the subject of much conjecture, one stands out as being of considerable interest (as far as I am concerned) – namely, Robert Stephenson 2449 (2450?) of 1884, latterly a 4-6-0 fitted with a tender (which is now missing).

    I have seen reference somewhere that this loco may have started out life as a Webb compound (4-2-4-2T?). Does anyone know any more of this loco’s origins and/orhistory?


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