||Portugal uses Italian-designed
tilting trains on the Lisboa - Porto main line, being marketed
as 'Alfa Pendular'. At the time this photograph was taken, four
services in each direction were being operated by these trains,
which were running at a maximum speed of 160km/h (100mph), but
both speed and frequency have since been increased (now up to 220km/h
in places). 544005 forms the 17.00 Porto Campanhã to Lisboa Santa Apolónia
on 6 March 2000.
||Railcar 030306 at Covilhã
on 19 February 1996. This unit had just arrived on the 12.30
from Guarda, a very scenic route in Eastern Portugal.
||The Portuguese 1800 class of locomotives
were built by English Electric and were based on the British
Rail Class 50. For many years they hauled express pasenger trains
on the Algarve main line south from Lisboa (Barreiro), but they
were later relegated to freight duties and have now all been withdrawn.
1807 is seen here at Tunes on the 08.35 Barreiro to Vila Real de Santo António
(Guadiana), on 17 February 1996.
||The railway along the Douro valley
and the (now closed) branches to Vila Real and Mirandela are among the most
scenic in Europe. The narrow-gauge branch from Tua to Mirandela
still had locomotive-hauled passenger trains until a few years ago. 9029 stands at
Tua with a Mirandela train on 22 February 1996. Sadly, most of this
branch line has now closed.
||1907 brings the 14.15 Faro - Barreiro
into Tunes on 23 February 1989.