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Why Sand is the Secret Sauce for These Ecuadorian Trains

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Why Sand is the Secret Sauce for These Ecuadorian Trains

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Tren Crucero trains rely on sand to go up and down steep inclines: on the way up, sand helps provide the wheels with traction on the steel tracks, while during a descent, it aids the electric braking system.

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Embark on a South American adventure across punishing terrain and up the Northern Andes. This three-day expedition aboard Ecuador's Tren Crucero travels from the Pacific city of Guayaquil to the capital city of Quito and through such treacherous landmarks as the Avenue of the Volcanoes and the Devil's Nose. See what it takes to keep this luxury railway train running through dense jungles, busy cities, and multiple climate zones.

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