One of the world’s largest antique train cemeteries. The place displays a great number of trains abandoned in the middle of the desert. It has become the final resting place of carriages and locomotives no longer in use.
Originally built in the 1888s by a British mining company, the railway network was supported by Bolivian authorities with the hope that the country would flourish with a good transport system and connections to port the Pacific. Bolivia Railway Companies and the Antofagasta Company were created to operate the railway.
Today the company is still carrying freight to the Pacific under the name Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia. When the Second World War ended the Bolivian mining industry collapsed and several mines shut down or had simply been exploited. All the locomotives and carriages that were in use to carry the various materials were abandoned in the salt lake some 1.8 miles outside Uyuni area.