Galera railway station

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Tourist train of FCCA at Galera station in 2008

Galera is the second highest train station in the Western Hemisphere with an elevation of 4,777 m (15,681 ft). It is situated in the Andes in Peru at km 172.7 on the Ferrocarril Central Andino (FCCA) line from Lima to Huancayo, immediately east of the 1.2 km (6860 ft) Galera summit tunnel (4,783 m (15,694 ft) above sea level).[1]

The standard gauge line through the station was opened in 1893. In the years 1992-2003 it was out of use as was the whole line through this point because of the terrorist threat by the group Sendero Luminoso. There are now no regular passenger services on the FCCA.

Its place in the league table of the world's highest stations was surpassed by the opening in 2006 of the Qingzang railway's Tanggula railway station in the Tanggula Mountains, Tibet, which at 5,068 m is the world's highest railway station.[2]

Highest train stations of the world

N Station Elevation Country Rail ine
1 Tanggula 5,068 m (16,627 ft) 22x20px China Xining-Golmud-Lhasa
2
Tanggula North 4,950 m (16,240 ft) 22x20px China Xining-Golmud-Lhasa
Tanggula South 22x20px China Xining-Golmud-Lhasa
4 Tuoju 4,890 m (16,043 ft) 22x20px China Xining-Golmud-Lhasa
5 Zhajiazangbu 4,886 m (16,030 ft) 22x20px China Xining-Golmud-Lhasa
6 Ticlio 4,829 m (15,843 ft) Peru Peru Lima-Cuzco-Huancayo
7 Buqiangge 4,823 m (15,823 ft) 22x20px China Xining-Golmud-Lhasa
8 Cóndor 4,786 m (15,702 ft) Bolivia Bolivia Rio Mulatos-Potosí
9 Galera 4,781 m (15,686 ft) Peru Peru Lima-Cuzco-Huancayo
10 Jiangkedong 4,778 m (15,676 ft) 22x20px China Xining-Golmud-Lhasa

References

  1. Marshall, John (1989). The Guinness Railway Book. Enfield: Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-359-7. 
  2. Xinhua News Agency (24 August 2005). New height of world's railway born in Tibet. Retrieved 25 August 2005.
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