Bolivia is full of incredible photo opportunities. I wish I could have spent more time in this gigantic train graveyard that is situated on the deserted outskirts of Uyuni, high in the Andean altiplano at 3,670m above sea level. It is full of the hollow locomotives and skeletal remains of long forsaken steam engines. Here is three shots of mine of the stunning site.
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, considering the necessity of crossing the Andes to reach Chile. However, the railway network construction became abandoned before the work was ever completed, leaving the train lines to fall into disrepair.
The locomotives in Uyuni are thought to date back to the early part of the 20th Century; mainly imports from Britain. Today, these relics are full of tags and graffiti and an eerie atmosphere surrounds the site. Slowly, the locomotives are crumbling down as time and the harsh altiplano climate take their toll of the old iron ladies.