Ferrocarril Central Andino

Ferrocarril Central's website is: 

Please see below for additional perspective on FCCA as compiled by their colleagues at RDC.

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 the country's Central Railway to a consortium led by Peruvian entrepreneur Juan Olaechea and RDC for 30 years. Ferrocarril Central Andino (FCCA) was formed to handle train operations and management of the rail system effective September 1999.

FCCA is a 305 mi (490 km) single-track standard gauge (1,435 mm) Trans-Andean mountain railroad linking the Pacific port of Callao and the capital city of Lima with Huancayo and Cerro de Pasco. FCCA is recognized as one of the top Railway Engineering Wonders of the World, climbing the Andes with 68 tunnels, 55 bridges, and 9 switchbacks/zig-zags.

Other FCCA investors include Peruvian companies Ferrovías e Infraestructura (Olaechea Group), Minas Buenaventura, ADR Inversiones, and UNACEM (Peru's leading cement producer)

The consortium began operations on September 21, 1999.

Fast Facts

Length 305 miles  /  490 km
Infrastructure: 55 bridges (1.8 km)
68 tunnels (10.8 km)
9 zig-zags / switchbacks
Rolling Stock: 36 locomotives
881 wagons
Route: Main line extends from the Pacific port of Callao, continuing through the capital city of Lima, to La Oroya where the line splits into two routes:
(1) north to Cerro de Pasco
(2) south to Huancayo

At Km. 172.7 the main line reaches its highest point at Galera, earning the distinction of highest railway in the Americas, 2nd highest in the world:
- 15,681 feet
- 4,782 meters
- 3 miles above sea level
Traffic: minerals (zinc, copper, lead), cement, fuel


System Map

download map (707k PDF)

(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, view our exclusive photo tribute for the final ride on the Central's Chaucha Branch.

Rail Tours
In December 2006, FCCA launched bimonthly tourist train service linking Lima with Huancayo on 12-car, 500-passenger capacity trains.   

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


Rob Dickinson's International Steam Page


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

News and Press


  Contact Information

Ferrocarril Central Andino
Av. Circunvalación del Golf No. 170
Torre del Golf - Edificio More, Oficina No. 302
Lima 33


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






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