Geoff's Colour Railway Photos

Page 13 - The Portugal Trip

At the end of June 1972 I paid a visit with five other university friends, by rail, to Spain and Portugal. We travelled through Spain, but lingered in Portugal. The slides which follow (like the other Portuguese shots on these pages) were taken on that trip.

Four of the pictures are on the narrow (metre) gauge system, four are on the broad (5' 6") gauge.

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E124 Santa Comba Dao   Borsig 4-6-0T no. E124 on the metre gauge at Santa Comba Dao, 27 June 1972
We entered Portugal via Fuentes de Onoro / Vilar Formosa. This nice little loco, our first sight of the narrow gauge, hauled us to Viseu, where we spent our first night in Portugal.
E122 & Railcar at Viseu   Railcar and Borsig 4-6-0T no. E122 on the metre gauge, Viseu, 27 June 1972
See also page 1 for another Viseu shot. The next day we travelled to Sernada do Vouga on the railbus (or one very similar).
E123, E95 & E84 at Sernada do Vouga   Narrow gauge locomotives at Sernada do Vouga, 28 June 1972
All different. There were some 2-4-6-0T Mallets around too (see page 2). See also page 6
2-6-4Ts at Porto Campanha   Broad gauge 2-6-4Ts at Porto Campanha, 29 June 1972
From Sernada we travelled to Espinho, staying there a few days to explore the Porto area.
E93 on freight, Porto   2-6-0T E93 hurries north through the Porto suburbs, 30 June 1972
A day spent checking out the metre gauge
Porto tram   4w tram in Praca da Liberdade, Porto, 30 June 1972
We tried the trams too - just riding (we spoke no Portuguese) until we found one that went where we wanted to go....
Contumil depot   Contumil depot - Henschel 4-6-0 and Hartmann 0-4-0T No 002, 1 July 1972
The next day we explored the standard gauge around Porto. The remarkable 002 was shed pilot. See page 6 for one of the fine 2-8-4Ts in action near Contumil
CP 292 at Regua   CP no 292 Henschel 4-6-0 at Regua, 3 July 1972
Finally we stayed at Regua in the Douro Valley for a couple of days
4-6-0 at Regua   "B12" - inside-cylindered Henschel 4-6-0 leaving Regua, 3 July 1972
Last train of the day up the valley, the lowering sun catches the side of one of these fine locomotives

...and a couple of days later the sun set on our trip. Leaving Regua late afternoon on the Thursday, it would be Saturday afternoon when my rail journey home ended at York. A "Deltic" from Kings + too. Strangely, no-one seemed to want to sit near me on that last leg of the journey...

See also Associação Portuguesa Dos Amigos Do Caminho De Ferro
i.e. the Portuguese Association of Railway Friends' site - lots of nice Portuguese stuff.

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