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Antique engine of the Douro Valley - Portugal
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No: 12167   Contributor: Lucilia Oliveira   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: Henschel   Country: Portugal
Antique engine of the Douro Valley - Portugal

A Henscel steam engine, manufactured in Germany, that now stands in front of the railway station in Vila Real - Portugal. Photo taken in September 2011.

Picture added on 07 October 2011 at 16:32
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Added by Lucilia Oliveira on 07 October 2011.
Thanks Lucilia, when I published your photo I managed to loose your name and email. I now have them and will add them shortly.

If you have any more photos please do send them in we would love to have them including modern trains if possible.

Added by John Southall on 07 October 2011.
This is apparently a 1 metre narrow gauge 0-4-4-0T built by Henschel & Son of Kassel in 1908, construction no. 8916.
It seems that this locomotive may have been originally operated by Chemins de Fer de Provence (CFP) which opened in 1911 and ran with 1 metre gauge trains from Nice to Grasse, Puget-Théniers (opened in 1892), Digne (opened in 1911) and Annot. I have myself driven alongside the track in the Var valley, as trains still run along a small part of the route.
More views and information on the railways in the Douro and Corgo valleys in Portugal would be very interesting - I may have to pay a visit myself, as the scenery is said to be marvellous!

Added by Peter Langsdale on 08 October 2011.
I know very little about trains, but as I wrote a book on the 40´s and 50's of XXth century, I had to have information about trains I used at the time. I still live in Oporto and during WW2 we could´t drive by car to Vila Real, where my father grew up and where He had a house and some land; so, we took the train that ran in a broader gauge, as it drove to Spain and the rest of Europe, till Régua and there, we had to take another train that went through the Corgo Valley till Vila Real, where we stayed, but the train went up to Chaves; that gauge was narrower because it went up in a very narrow passage. This engine no more runs as the way from Régua to Vila Real was closed. Nevertheless CP, trains of Portugal, opened a historical train, from Régua to Pinhão in the heart of the Douro Valley, where the grapes that make Port wine grow, in Summer and these engines still run, with its smoke alongside the river Douro.It is an impressive landscape, worth to be seen and Portuguese people are very nice to tourists that visit us.

Added by Lucilia Oliveira on 08 October 2011.
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