Bolivia’s Great Train Boneyard

Somehow the topic of old train dumping grounds came up a few nights ago, reminding me of this one that trainspotters tramping through South America will find of particular interest.

At the edge of Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, lies what is probably the continent’s most picturesque train cemetery.

This is one of several dozen hollowed out rusting hulks, these days covered in graffiti, that line a series of unused tracks just outside of Uyuni, a nondescript market town of 11,000 that sits high on the Andean altiplano where the majority of the three-day tours of the vast Salar either begin or end.

I posted about it previously here, with 16 photos and whole lotta information, too. If curious, check it out.

And for the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 793rd straight, was taken near Uyuni, Bolivia, on 31 March 2013.

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  1. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat says

    I love the sunflower in front of the rusted old train.

    1. Bob R says

      Me too. Classic, hope it’s still there. 🙂

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  3. paula graham says

    That sunflower makes the whole thing so poignant. Well spotted

    1. Bob R says

      It really does. I want to thank a thousand and one times the person who planted it. 🙂

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