"Alausi" Alausí by malianrob

Alausí Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 28 photos

The train is notorious for derailing and often not making it to the destination, This is exactly what happened to us. The train got drailed and by using branches and vines in the nearby area the conductors got the train back on track. It took about 15 minutes. I guess they had enough practise.
The train goes on to Alausi, which is the traditional starting point for the Devil's Nose. This piece of track, to Sibambe covers a descent of over 1000m. The route is described as an engineering feat, as the train makes the steep descent by a series of two switchbacks. The train travels down, quite steeply, and goes around the hill here it is a switchback. The train travels beyond the points then reverses back after the points have been changed. The track on the steep incline is strewn with rock falls - this is why there are frequent derailments along the route.
At the bottom, the train turns round and goes back to Alausi.

The train runs only on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and it leaves the station at 7am.

Ruby, Carlin, Anthony and myself on the top of the train going to the Devils nose!

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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    Guess you had great views over the landscape, but I can understand that it is not allowed anymore to sit on the roof (as Oliver says).

  • shrtcake20's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Were you guys on top of the train? Isnt that dangerous?

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2007 at 3:24 PM

    I'm Back! The train is now an autoferro (bus on wheels) and you aren't allowed on the roof!!! Que pena. Otherwise, all is well. I'll start building pages in a few days...


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