Ecuador Train

Ecuador Train

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The construction of the railroad of Ecuador is like a symbol of a national unit that has helped the progression of the country. Several plans and attempts were made to build the railway from Guayaquil to Quito, since 1860 until 1874, when the first locomotive reached Milagro.

But it was only by 1895, when Eloy Alfaro the president at the time contacted North American technicians Archer Harman and Edward Morely, representatives of an American company interested in the building of the "most difficult railway in the world" as it was called at that time. The tracks finally reached a huge obstacle - an almost perpendicular wall of rock - called the "Devil´s Nose".

Many lives were shed in the construction of what to this day is referred as a masterpiece of railway engineering: a zig-zag carved out of the rock, which allows the train, by advancing and backing up, to reach the necessary height to the town of Alausí. The train finally reached Alausí by September 1902 and Riobamba by July 1905 and finally on June 25, 1908 the train made its triumphal entrance to Quito and was received by; arches of palms, laurel and flowers, bells tolling banquettes, dances and popular festivities that lasted four days.

Today’s train is a public national railroad company which at the moment, serves as one of the main tourist attractions in Ecuador and the province of Chimborazo holds what is called "The most difficult train in the world". This train departs from Riobamba and crosses the "Devil´s Nose", which sports an impressive descent down a steep cliff.

The final destination of the trip is in the city of Alausí. Originally the final destination was a city called Duran in the Province of Guayas, but parts of the railroad track were destroyed by the phenomenen "El Niño". Local authorities are currently reconstructing this part in order to recover the commerce in this area and also offer the tourists the complete trip to Duran.

All you Need is Ecuador Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador Quito