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TRAINS IN ECUADOR

By BRUCE
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The festival lasted four days when the June 25, 1908 the railroad arrived in Quito great. In the streets waiting with palm and laurel bows like a king. But for this to happen much effort had to be made since 1874, when it came to Milagro (Guayas Province), the first locomotive, until 1899, when leadership of President of the Republic, General Eloy Alfaro, construction began of infrastructure works, transport and trade of the country most transcendent. So the dream of thousands of men and women was met. Slowly. Section by section. From the plains to the mountains that border the sky. Joining Sierra with Costa and drawing with it a large country idea. But it was the years of use and various stretches of the roads that have been destroyed, maintain optimal conditions the huge system became increasingly difficult, the machine operators had to go away from the office which had given their lives. The giant fell asleep. After decades of having been sleepy, trains have regained their pride and now lists the railways expect the roar of the engines and the bells that announce the crossings by beautiful landscapes. The engineers, brakemen, bikers, firemen and propped ARENA berets again and again will be greeting children happy over the railroad by the enormity of the moors. The State Railways (EFE) reopened the route on December 30 Quito-Latacunga, the first installment of what enabled intends to go step by joining the wonders of Ecuador whole, for the railway rehabilitation project covers the entire country . Thus, the stretch that connects Quito to Latacunga, 100 km south of the capital will continue to reach Riobamba thus give a hand with the dramatic sections of the railroad, one that descends from Riobamba to Sibambe and crosses the point known as the Devil's Nose. This is a giant rock as its slopes running nose for the train to reach a point where you have to go back and forth in Zig-Zag, and descend to 100 meters. From there, the railway is divided. A branch is headed southwest Duran, on the Ecuadorian coast (near the port of Guayaquil), while the other moves from the mountains to the third city of Ecuador, Cuenca. There is also a track from Quito to Ibarra in the province of Imbabura in northern Iraq. However, this route still must be repaired. Meanwhile, the line from Ibarra to San Lorenzo, on the Ecuadorian coast is partly running a weekend service to reach the town of Salinas. In the Quito-Latacunga road different locomotives will be used include the rail car (which is actually a bus on tracks), the diesel engine vehicles' diesel electrical "and the steam train (which is the least regular).

Only in Riobamba is the most difficult railway in the world. There are other routes, for example to go to bowling in the province of Cotopaxi. Travelers can go on the roof of the train, so they can appreciate the Andean places.

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