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Train Graveyard

Municipio Uyuni, PSI, Bolivia

About Train Graveyard

Just outside the town of Uyuni, in Bolivia, lies the train graveyard. Here lie the remains of dozens of steam engines, dumped when the railways in South America were dismantled. It is literally the end of the line.

The railway system was built in the middle of the 19th century by mainly European engineers, to join the east of of the continent to the west,a huge and ambitious task, having to cross the Andes to reach Chile, but the steam engines became obsolete and were discarded at Uyuni.

These beautiful old steam engines lie, unloved and rarely visited, preserved by the dry air of the cold desert.

Uyuni is quite isolated, and it is advisable to go with someone who is familiar with the area. There is no charge for a visit.