Who Abandoned All of These Trains in the Atacama Desert?



Satellites spotted a strange, long streak across the desert in Bolivia. At first, scientists thought it may be a skid mark from a meteor.


But just a couple of miles outside of the city lies another, lesser known attraction – Cementerio de Trenes, or the train cemetery.The sizable collection of locomotives date back to the 19th century, to the heyday of the transport in Bolivia.


When Uyuni had been the home of a rail-car factory.They’ve been abandoned over time, as the country moved away from train travel, and have been later joined by engines imported from Britain.


Many trains were abandoned thereby producing the train cemetery. There are talks to build a museum out of the cemetery.


Today, they’ve become an unusual tourist spot, usually for those who are travelling to or from the salt flats.

The trains were mostly used by the mining companies. In the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed, partly due to the mineral depletion.

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