Photos: Bolivia’s Great Train Graveyard

A steam locomotive turns a reddish brown as dust coats its exterior. (Chris Staring/@skaremedia/REX/Shutterstock)
A steam locomotive turns a reddish brown as dust coats its exterior. (Chris Staring/@skaremedia/REX/Shutterstock)

Yahoo News – In a vast desert plain in Southwestern Bolivia, a field of steam-powered locomotives have been left to rust.

The hulking skeletons of British trains and rail cars sit in a sprawling train graveyard on the edge of the Andean plain.

The trains were imported to Bolivia from Britain in the 20th century. But when the rail industry choked and faltered, the enormous machines were abandoned and left to the mercy of the elements.

The hollow carcasses of the great machines are buffeted by the salt blown over from the nearby salt flats, and are gradually rotting away entirely.

Photographer Chris Staring visited the train graveyard, capturing the bleak beauty of the rusting machines and the bizarre Mad Max-style atmosphere.

Photos Of ‘Mega-Mudslides’ In Bolivia

On Sunday night, a ‘mega mudslides’ hit La Paz, Bolivia after heavy rains brought by La Nina phenomenon.

The mudslides destroyed the houses of at least 4000 people.

The Bolivian president promised that the government will build new houses for the victims.

The poor neighbourhood of Carlapa was badly damaged.

Most of the houses were built on the hills and fell on top of another.

Mudslide is a natural disaster.

I am very sad and sorry for the victims.

People try to recover their belongings after a landslide triggered by heavy rains, destroyed around 100 houses at the Valle de Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
People walk next to an area where around 100 houses were destroyed after a landslide was triggered by heavy rains at the Valle de Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
People recover belongings after a landslide, triggered by heavy rains, destroyed around 100 houses at the Valle de Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
People try to recover their belongings after a landslide triggered by heavy rains destroyed around 100 houses at the neighborhood of Valle de Flores in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Members of a rescue team attempt to recover a motorcycle trapped under the debris of a collapsed building after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 27, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
Members of a rescue team attempt to recover a motorcycle trapped under the debris of a collapsed building after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 27, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
A general view shows the destruction after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
People walk on a destroyed road after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. Heavy rains triggered landslides in the area on Sunday, leaving two people dead, dozens injured and destroying hundreds of houses, according to local media. REUTERS/David Mercado
A general view shows the destruction after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado
Members of a rescue team look at the destruction after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado

13 Chilean Miners Were Rescued-Photos

 

 

The photos of the 33 miners who were trapped in San Jose Mine near Copiopo, Chile.

Today is a very happy day!

Rescuers are pulling out the miners who were trapped in San Jose gold and copper mine for 69 days.

They were trapped nearly half a mile  underground.

They were working underground when the mine collapsed and they were trapped.

The rescuers dug holes into the ground to reach them.

The miners were being pulled out in a special capsule.

They have to come out one by one.

So far, 13 miners had ride the capsule out from underground.

I hope that all the other 20 miners will be pulled out safely and everybody will be okay.

 

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos is embraced by President Sebastian Pinera after he reached the surface as the first of the 33 trapped miners to be hoisted to safety, at the San Jose mine in Copiapo in this October 13, 2010 handout photo. REUTERS/Jose Manuel de la Maza-Chilean Presidency/Handout

 

 

Mario Sepulveda was the second miner to come out from the mine, Wednesday, October 13,2010.

 

 

Miner Juan Illanes was the third to be out from the mine, Wednesday, October 13, 2010.

 

 

Rescued miner Carlos Mamani, from Bolivia, arrives to the hospital of Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Mamani was the fourth of 33 miners who was rescued from the San Jose mine after more than 2 months trapped underground. (AP Photo)

 

 

Miner Jimmy Sanchez arrived at the Hospital of Cospiopo, Chile. He was the 5th miner to reach the ground, Wednesday, October 13, 2010.

 

 

Rescued miner Osman Araya arrives to the hospital of Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Araya was the sixth of 33 miners who was rescued from the San Jose mine after more than 2 months trapped underground. (AP Photo)

 

 

Miner Jose Ojeda, the 7th miner who was rescued from the mine, Wednesday, October 13, 2010.

 

 

Miner Claudio Yanez was the 8th trapped miner to come out from the mine, Wednesday, October 13, 2010.

 

 

The 9th miner who was saved from the mine. In this photo released by the Chilean government, miner Mario Gomez, center, accompanied by his wife, right, back to camera, waves after being rescued from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine where he had been trapped with 32 other miners for over two months near Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday Oct. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Hugo Infante, Chilean government)

 

 

Miner Alex Vega was the 10th miner to ride the special capsule from where they were trapped in the underground mine, Wednesday, October 13, 2010.

 

 

In this screen grab taken from video, Jorge Galeguillos, center, the eleventh miner to be rescued, is shown after his rescue Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 at San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile. (AP Photo)