Other facts about the Devil's Nose Train
Until recently, the only section of the original
Railway that was still in use
was the twelve kilometre section between Alausi and Sibambe. Lack
of funding and subsequent damage to the railway by 1998's
Niño storm saw the gradual
closure of the historic line.
A decade later, Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, allocated a
budget of $245million for the reconstruction and modernisation of
the railway's infrastructure and rolling stock; a project that came
to fruition in 2013 when the entire Guayquil-Quito Railway
line was officially reopened.
As a consequence of this investment, the old trains that use to
ascend and descend the Devil's Nose have been replaced with new and
modern tourist trains. Prior to the introduction of these improved
trains, visitors would routinely travel on the roof of the original
trains in order to obtain the best possible views of Ecuador's
magnificent scenery; this practice is now prohibited.