History

Meet the ‘steam train whisperer’

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s hard – in our Twitter-feed, sandwich-for-lunch, multi-tasking age – to fathom having worked for the same company for 32 years, to have dedicated so much of one’s energy and time – a lifetime – to just one enterprise. And for the...

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Building the world’s “most challenging” railroad

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Archer Harman and his brother John, the engineers who ventured out to Ecuador to complete the railway that would be known as the most “difficult engineering feat in the world”, reached remote Ecuador by mere coincidence.   It purportedly came down to an impromptu...

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The train: Eloy Alfaro’s great project

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]The railroad was the common denominator that linked both sides of the most important conflict in Ecuador’s Republican history: the no-holds barred rivalry between Liberals and Conservatives, which more often than not turned into civil war.   The railway was first propelled into existence...

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