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PORTUGAL RAIL SPECTACULAR

RAILFAN/TOURIST TOUR

november 5-13, 2022

sure go

LAND OF ALCO'S, MALLETS AND SPECTACULAR SCENERY

 

Portugal Rail Adventure

 

Portugal Rail Adventure

 

Following the notable renaissance in Portugal’s railways over the last two years, we invite you to join us on our Enthusiasts’ rail tour in Portugal. Half of the class 2600 electric locomotive fleet has returned to passenger service after a decade in storage, and several class 1400s, including those once destined for Argentina, have also been resurrected for work on the Douro Line. Add to that the long-stored 1940s-built Schindler carriages being put back into service, including three that were taken back from the National Railway Museum and the meter-gauge historic train being returned to service on the Vouga Line with diesel loco 9004 and steam loco E214 a 2-4-6-0T Mallet. One class 1551 loco, 1554, has also been put back into service for C.P. to haul the emergency rescue train when needed. The line between Covilhã and Guarda, closed in 2009, has also reopened, completely modernized and electrified with a new section of track.

 

Our main line charter train will consist of restored Schindler carriages and handled by two 1400s and a 2600. We also hope to be able to use 1554 on the trip up the Beira Baixa Line. On the Vouga Line we will use the Vouga Historic train with 9004 and hopefully E214, as well as recently restored railcar 9310.

 

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Portugal Rail Adventure Portugal Rail Adventure

The railroads in Portugal run through spectacular countryside. Riding the train through the charming

countryside really brings Portugal up close as the train travels from one interesting town to the next.

This is the perfect opportunity for the railfans to bring along their wives as this tour offers

a wonderful adventure for everyone.

 

Day 1 Saturday November 5:

Indivdual arrival in Porto and hotel check-in.

 

Day 2 Sunday November 6: (BD)

After breakfast we board our special train consisting of 1940s Schindler coaches along with two class 1400 diesel locos and one class 2600 electric loco and head south to the freight only branch at the Aveiro docks. After traversing the branch, at Aveiro our coaches will be waiting to take us to Sernada from where we have an out and back trip to Aveiro on the Vouga meter-gauge historic train hauled by diesel loco 9004, and, subject to the weather not being too hot and dry, steam loco 2-4-6-0T Mallet E214. The Historic Train previously ran on the Corgo Line, but after many years stored in Régua, it was beautifully restored. The original three carriages have been joined by three Napolitano coaches which were previously abandoned and decaying at Régua and Tua. Incredible work by the staff in Guifões has seen them restored and back in service on the Vouga Historic train. Visit to Sernada Works for those who wish to see the other steam locos and vintage vehicles stored here. We will then return to Aveiro on our coaches and head south to Tomar, probably the first time there has been a 1400+2600 combination on the branch. Culture Option: Travel one direction only on the Vouga Line to arrive in Aveiro and have lunch. Aveiro is also known as the Venice of Portugal. The town has a series of canals and fine Art Nouveau mansions. At the Ria de Aveiro lagoon, which covers 25 square miles, we join a boat trip to explore this unique backwater. This is known as the Rota da Luz “route of light” running between gleaming salt flats, pale beaches and sparkling ocean. We rejoin the main tour group late afternoon. Overnight in Tomar and welcome dinner.

 

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Steam Locomotive E214 A 2-4-6-0T Mallet Will Pull Our Train For Part Of The Journey

 

Day 3 Monday November 7: (B-D)

A change of traction today pulled by a 2600 and 1554, the first example of the previously withdrawn class 1550 built by Alco-Montreal and brought back into service. Leaving our 1400s at Entroncamento, 1554 will haul our train on the Beira Baixa Line all the way to Vilar Formoso using the recently reopened electrified line north of Covilhã and the newly opened Beiras curve, avoiding Guarda station. First, though, we visit the short branch line at Rodão, with the 2600 bringing us back out, a rare visit to the branch by either class. We will have a 90 minute break at Castelo Branco for lunch and then continue our journey north behind 1554, traversing the new Guarda line and then to Vilar Formoso. From here our 2600 hauls us back to Guarda where once again 1554 takes over as we head back to Covilhã, where we spend the night. Culture option: A walking tour of Castelo Branco with a local guide including the Bishop’s Palace and gardens. Packed lunch available to take on the train.

 

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Portugal Was Once A Haven For Alco And Montreal Built Diesels. But The Alco Fan Is In Luck As Alco-Montreal No. 1554 Is A Mx620 And Has Been Brought Back To Life And Will Pull Our Train For Part Of Our Journey. (LEFT Photo) Also Alco Fans Can Rejoice At The National Railway Museum As No. 1501 A Rsc2 Is On Display. (RIGHT Photo)

 

Day 4 Tuesday November 8: (B)

Heading south from Covilhã with 1554 leading, we take in the short branch at Fundão, the first charter on the branch. From here we continue to Entroncamento to swap 1554 back for the 1400s, but instead of going through the station, we take the line through the freight yard before reversing at Riachos-Golegã and returning to Entroncamento station. With time for lunch or, for enthusiasts a visit to the National Railway Museum and railway Works and depot, where Alco No. 1551 is on display. We then depart south with our 1400s leading, we take the freight line from Setíl to Vendas Novas and onwards to Barreiro, before ending our day in Setúbal.

 

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Alco's And Mallets And More At The National Railway Museum At Entroncamento Charming Villages

And Spectacular Scenery Greets Us Everyday Of Our Tour

 

Day 5 Wednesday November 9: (B)

We have a day exploring the lines in the south of Portugal, first heading south behind our 2600 using the “old” line via Alcácer do Sal. From here we continue to Ermidas Sado and the Port of Sines, the first time an electric loco hauled passenger train has been to Sines. Once again, our 1400s take over to take us back to Ourique via the Ermidas-Sado south and Funcheira north curves, the first known class 1400 hauled service on these sections of track. Leaving the class 2600 at Ourique, we traverse the Neves Corvo branch with our 1400s. From Neves Corgo, we then retrace our steps, collecting the 2600 again and head to Funcheira, completing the wye with the first scheduled passenger working from Ourique to Funcheira since 2012. We return to Setúbal via the main line and Alcácer do Sal. Culture option: After the visit to Sines leave the train at the old station of Santiago de Cacém for lunch followed by a visit to the Templar castle and the 13th century Igreja Matriz (church) before our coach takes us on to the vineyard at the Serenada Enoturismo Winery for tasting of the unique wines of this region. After our visit we are taken by coach to rejoin our special train at Ermidas-Sado.

 

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Beautiful And Peaceful Surroundings Near The Port Of Sines

 

Day 6 Thursday November 10: (B)

We complete our travels around Alentejo today. After leaving Setúbal, we head for Casa Branca and a rare loco-hauled visit to Beja. We will be hauled by our 1400s both ways, but the 2600 will stay with us. Time in Beja for lunch before we return to Casa Branca from where our 1400s will take us into Évora. This will be the first ever visit by a 2600 on this line, and as we leave Évora and turn north at Vendas Novas, it will also be the first 2600 to traverse the Vendas Novas east-to-north curve. At Vidigal we reverse to complete all three sides of the wye and head to Coina. At Coina, we take in the Siderurgia branch in another first, an electric loco hauled passenger train down the branch, before continuing to Pinhal Novo and around the circle via Poceirão and Águas de Moura with a reversal using the Praias Sado freight wye. Culture Option: alight at Casa Branca for a short coach transfer to Evora, rejoining the tour when the special train arrives in Evora . Rising out of the Alentejan plain is the enchanting city of Évora. The town rose to prominence under the Romans and flourished throughout the Middle Ages as a center for learning and the arts. It was a popular residence of Portuguese kings. The city’s historic legacy was officially recognized in 1986, when UNESCO declared Évora a World Heritage Site. The most famous site is the Roman Temple dedicated to the goddess Diana.

 

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Beautiful Evora A Unesco World Heritage Site

 

Day 7 Friday November 11: (B)

Today we return to Porto via the 25th of April Bridge and the West Line, with a break for lunch in Caldas da Rainha. Our 1400s will be leading, with the 2600 on the rear, the first known visit of a 2600 to this non-electrified line. After lunch we continue north, visiting Figueira da Foz where the 2600 takes over. At Coimbra B we have a quick trip down the branch to Coimbra’s city center station, a very rare visit by any kind of loco and potentially the last loco-hauled passenger train on the branch as it is scheduled to be closed and the track taken up due to Coimbra’s new metrobus system. Overnight in Porto.

 

Day 8 Saturday November 12: (B)

Today we take a trip on the wonderful Linha do Douro, definitely one of the world’s most scenic lines. The Inter-regional trains on this line are now back in the hands of 1400 locomotives hauling restored Shindler and Sorafame carriages, meaning you can open the windows to see, and photograph, the valley in all its glory. We will reserve the front carriage of the morning train and offer two options:

 

1. Alight at Regua for lunch then a return ride on the restored “Historico” train hauled by steam locomotive 0186 (built by Henschel & Son in 1925) with early 20th century wooden bodied carriages with open verandas. This goes as far as Tua where there is a break for refreshments while the locomotive is turned for the run back to Regua. Then we take the diesel hauled train back to Porto.

 

2. Remain on the IR train all the way to the end of the Douro line at Pocinho. You won’t see better scenery anywhere in the world. Return to Porto in late afternoon by loco hauled IR service. Depending on train timetables it might be possible to travel right through to Pocinho then return to Tua to pick up the steam train on it’s return run.

 

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Spectacular Scenery Will Be Seen As We Ride Through The Douro Valley On The Train

 

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Portugal Rail Adventure

 

Day 9 Sunday November 13:

End of tour and flights home.

 

ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON

 

DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY$2,775 

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT$495 

DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED$500 

FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE BY AUGUST 22, 2022

 

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Portugal Rail Adventure
Portugal Rail Adventure

TOUR CONDITIONS **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**

Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.