Ferrocarril Central Andino

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FCCA locomotive #706 at San Bartolome

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one of dozens of switchbacks to climb Andes Mountains

FCCA GE westbound at Galera

Steam loco #206 on turntable

FCCA #1001 at Desamparados

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In July 1999, the government of Peru awarded the privatization of Ferrocarril del Centro to a consortium led by RDC for 30 years. The second highest railway in the world (with China's completion of its new line to Tibet in 2005), it reaches the station of La Cima at 4818 meters (15,807 feet) above sea level and links the Pacific port of Callao and the capital city of Lima with Huancayo and Cerro de Pasco.

Other investors in Ferrocarril Central Andino ("FCCA") include Peruvian companies Juan Olaechea and Company, Minas Buenaventura, ADR Inversiones, and Inversiones Andino

The consortium began operations on September 21, 1999.

Operating Statistics
Annual Averages
Major Traffic Flows
in Km.
in Miles

Annual Tonnage

Locomotives Wagons Minerals
Food Products
332 1.8 Million 28 732


System Map

  printer-friendly map (707k PDF)

Click on thumbnail to view larger image of the Central Andino railroad system

(Map design provided by Bill Metzger)

Photo Gallery
More photos of Ferrocarril Central Andino's operations can be found in our Photo Gallery.

In addition, come along for the final ride on the Central's Chaucha Branch and view our exclusive photo tribute.

Rail Tours
In December 2006, FCCA launched bimonthly tourist train service linking Lima with Huancayo on 12-car, 500-passenger capacity trains. Enjoy a thrilling ride on the world's second highest railway and admire one of the railway wonders of the world as you traverse 68 tunnels, 61 bridges and 9 switchbacks of the Andes.  

FCCA rebuilt and remodeled six passenger cars and four of them are equipped with reclining seats, panoramic windows, heating and air-conditioning. The fifth car was converted into a kitchen car and the sixth into a bar/observation car. The remaining six cars have retained their original design and seating arrangement. 

The train is scheduled to stop at Chosica, San Bartolome, Galera and La Oroya. Please visit FCCA's website ( for more information and scheduled departures.

In addition, FCCA's steam locomotive is available for rail tour charters; please submit inquiries to Henry Posner III.

Recommended Links

  Photo Album: Princeton Class of 1977 making a difference in Peru

  Princeton University Class of 1977 reaching new heights in Peru 
"Changing the World" Fall 2012 Newsletter, Wheelchair Foundation (PDF 4 MB)

Report on the Princeton Class of 1977 service project in Peru  
by William J. Farrell '77 (PDF 1.8 MB)

  Photo slideshow of the Lima-Huancayo Railway (9:01)
by Koki Zelaya, author of "Railway Tour Guide to Central Peru"

  Markus' Classic Trains -- FCCA, Peru
  "Latin Tracks" Magazine
  The only English language magazine providing coverage of Latin-America's railways.
  DVDs by Revelation Video
  • "Peru Progress" (90-minute freight ride into the high Andes)


Rob Dickinson's International Steam Page


  Mountain Railroading: A railroad in the clouds - Oroya Railroad
  History: Railways of the Andes

News and Press Clips

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  Contact Information

Ferrocarril Central Andino
Av. José Galvez Barrenechea No. 566 - 5° Piso
Corpac - San Isidro
Lima 27


+51 1 226 6363
+51 1 226 6271
Jaime Blanco, General Manager






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