Friday, 17 October 2008

Trains 3 - Regua to Vila Real

1. Vila Real station at siesta time.
2. The line must have continued beyond Vila Real in the past.
3. Curtains drawn against the October sun.
4. The depot just outside Regua. The broad gauge tracks can be seen on the right and also a semaphore signal on the left.
5. Mixed gauge track. All trains in both directions cross this bridge.

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Trains 2 - Regua to Vila Real

1. A two car set at Regua.
2. Coupling two cars at Vila Real.
3. Departing Vila Real.
4. Outside Vila Real station.

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Trains 1 - Livracao to Amarante

There are three narrow gauge railways in the Douro Valley; each running southwards from the hills to join the main line to Oporto. The are not tourist railways but are part of the national network. Trains are infrequent but timetables can easily be found on the CP website. Fares are cheap and tickets can be bought from the conductor.
Sadly the longest line from Tua to Mirandela is closed at present following an accident in August. The replacement service is operated by taxis.
1. Amarante station.
2. Disused rolling stock at Livracao.
3. Livracao station at kilometre zero with a broad gauge train the back ground.
4. Very open train interior.

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Second hand buses

1. This bus was new in 1977. My question for Christoph is which German town does it come from?
2. This Routemaster came from London and dates back to 1967.

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Tourist trams & interiors

In addition to the three traditional tram services there are City Tours for 15 Euros.
1 & 2. City Tour cars.
3 & 4. Interiors of service cars. As in Lisbon all trams are one person operated with only the front doors being used.

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The bridge

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Oporto Metro

Four of the 5 Oporto Metro routes are based on a former railway with the addition of some French style street running and underground sections in the city centre. It is operated by 72 Strasbourg style low floor cars.
1. All tickets for the metro, trams and buses use the 'andante' smart card. These can be bought and reloaded by machines at metro stations. There are several fare zones and most metro routes run beyond the central zones. Tram drivers sell single rides for 1.45 Euros (95 cents plus 50 cents for the card).
2. A typical metro tram stop.
3. Street running in a pedestrianised street in Matosinhos.
4. Underground station.

Oporto trams

There are three traditional tram routes in Oporto:
1 Infante to Passeio Alegre 12:30 - 18:00 every 30 mins operated by 2 trams
18 Massarelos to Carmo 9:30 - 19:00 every 30 mins operated by 1 tram
22 Carmo to Batalha 9:30 - 19:00 operated by 1 tram.
1. Service 1 Infante with a service car, a tourist sightseeing car and a stationar booking office.
2. Service 1 Passeio Alegre. The riverside line is now a roadside single track with several passing loops where the trams keep left.
3. Service 18 Massarelos with a 1 in the background.
4. Service 18 Carmo.
5. Service 22 Carmo.
6. Service 22 Batalha.

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I don't know if there are any trolleybuses left in Coimbra. We arrived early Saturday afternoon and left mid-morning Sunday and only saw overhead wiring which looked intact.
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Sintra 3

1. The interior of car 4.
2 & 3. The temporary terminus at Ribeiera.
4. Back to Sintra.

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Sintra 2

1. The temporary timetable advertising a service on Fri, Sat and Sun afternoons. Only one tram is required.
2. An urban regeneration poster.
3. Our first glimpse of the tram.
4. Number 4 approaching Sintra terminus. The whole length of the line now has modern overhead wiring which reminded us of the Vicinal in La Louviere.