Ticlio

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A signboard near the station of Ticlio. The green sign says, in Spanish: "TICLIO - TOURISTIC PLACE / 4818 amsl / World's highest railroad crossing"

Ticlio (or Anticona) is a mountain pass and the highest point of the central road of Peru (km 120), in the Andean mountains, reaching 4,818 m, and a railway crossing loop on the Ferrocarril Central Andino (FCCA) in Peru whose main claim to fame is that it was the highest railway junction in the world.

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It lies at km 171 just on the Pacific side of the Andes watershed. The 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge line through the station was opened in 1893 and from 1921 it was the junction for the now-closed branch to Morococha. There are now no regular passenger services on the FCCA. On the approach to Ticlio eight tunnels were necessary in a stretch of less than two miles (3.2 km).

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Coordinates: 11°35′55″S 76°11′35″W / 11.59861°S 76.19306°W / -11.59861; -76.19306