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Old April 4th, 2014, 02:43 AM   #661
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16. Quite comfy. And air conditioned. Word of advice - sit on the right in the direction of travel to enjoy the view for most of the journey:



17. Two railway bridges in Porto: Ponte Maria Pia ( abandoned ) and paralleling new Ponte de Sao Joao:



18. Platforms of Estaçao Ferroviária de Porto-Campanha:



19. Contumil station - and train yard of Portuguese Pendolino ETR 480 Alfa Pendular:



20. Rural landscape east of Porto:



21. Caide station - electrification ends here. It will be extended to Régua. On Google Maps:



22. 72 km from Porto, after 1 hour i 15 minutes, we're back on shore of Douro River:



23. Aregos station - on Google Maps:



24. Fresh oranges, anyone?



25. Along Douro:



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27. Rede station, waiting for a train from opposite direction. On Google Maps. It's precisely 10:58.



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30. Blooming almond tress on other side of Douro:

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31. Approaching Peso da Régua - or just Régua:



32. Régua station. Used to be a junction station with narrow gauge Linha do Corgo, closed in 2009 roku. On Google Maps:



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36. Ponte Ferroviária da Régua bridge on the right - was supposed to carry another narrow gauge line:Linha de Lamego. Line that was never built:



37. A24 motorway bridge after leaving Régua:



38. Along Douro:



39. Ferrao station - on Google Maps:



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41. Along Douro:



42. Pinhao - we'll stop in this picturesque town on a way back:



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44. Along Douro - vineyards visible. Port wine is born here:



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47. Rio Tua - tributary of Douro. In the background you can see buliding site of Barragem de foz Tua - Tua Dam. Construction of this dam caused protests and conflict between Portugal and UNESCO. The dam will reach 90 meters height. On Google Maps:



48. Another former junction station is Tua - till 2008 there used to start narrow gauge Linha do Tua. The Tua Dam will immerse some of the trackbed of this closed narrow gauge line:



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51. Landscape after leaving Tua:



52. Douro on the right, but only for a while:



53. We've just crossed that bridge - change seats to left side of a train to get the best view:



54. Along Duero:



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58. Freixo de Numao - Mós do Douro station:



59. Approaching Pocinho, olive groves in the foreground:



60. Pocinho - final stop. We've got here according to the schedule at 12:39 sharp. We have 45 minutes till train departs back. Pocinho on Google Maps:

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Old April 4th, 2014, 02:49 AM   #664
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62. As many on Douro Line, it used to be junction station too. Main line used to continue to Barca d'Alva station on Spanish border - it is only 26 km away - and the further away into Spain. To the north the narrow gauge Linha do Sabor used to depart, closed in 1988. Bridge in the background - remnants of Linha do Sabor.



63. Dead tracks on Douro Line heading into Spain:



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65. Tracks to Porto:



66. Trackbed of abandoned, narrow gauge Linha do Sabor:



67. And closed, double-decked bridge on Douro:



68. Douro lookin west:



69. Douro looking east - you can also see Pocinho Dam - Barragem do Pocinho:



70. Going back to station:



71. Rusted remains of Linha do Sabor:



72. Back at the station:



73. There is great little cafe and shop at the station. All local produce: wine, honey, olives, preserves. Cheap and cheerful. Highly recommend:



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76. Tracks heading to Porto:



77. We're about to leave at 13:25:



78. Quinta do Vesúvio. On Google Maps:



79. Along Douro:



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81. Douro gorge, entracne to Valeira tunnel on the right:



82. Pinhão - we've spent 4 hours here. Charming little town right in a centre of port wine making region. And the most beautiful train station building on Douro line, in my opinion. On Google Maps:



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85. Azulejos on station building:



86. Orange trees next to the platform:



87. Tracks to Pocinho:



88. Rail and pedestrian bridges on Rio Pinhao mouth:



89. Pinhão:



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95. Going back to the train station:



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99. Waiting for 18:20 train to Porto:



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101. On a way back, dusk on Douro:



102. Arraving at Estaçao Ferroviária de Porto-Campanha at 20:35:



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104. Railway ticket of CP — Comboios de Portugal, if you haven't seen one:



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After all this pictures, one can only do this:
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Great Voyage!!!


It is a shame the line do not continue to Barca D`Alva (border) and then Salamanca!!!!


The views between Barca D`Alva and La Fuente de San Esteban-Boadilla would be amazing [http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahnstr...de_San_Esteban & http://rotadostuneis.wordpress.com/]!!!
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Once again, amazing photos Bart, excellent work

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Great Voyage!!!


It is a shame the line do not continue to Barca D`Alva (border) and then Salamanca!!!!


The views between Barca D`Alva and La Fuente de San Esteban-Boadilla would be amazing [http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahnstr...de_San_Esteban & http://rotadostuneis.wordpress.com/]!!!
It's really a shame. The sights between Barca D'alva and San Esteban are really amazing... Maybe one day, who knows...

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Then, you are always welcome to visit the beautiful Porto and Douro region!
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And then there´s Viseu, too. Another city that´s bigger than many others in Portugal, and which became rail-less years ago, too.



Again the Galicia & Portugal 'optimism'...

Do believe in that, please, the cities in the north of Portugal are more populated than ever, crisis or not, so something will have to be done about it, sooner or later.

Well... surely later than sooner, but I believe the three cities (Amarante, Vila Real, Viseu), will have it again. Can´t tell you when, though.
The problem is that in Portugal, the politics are focused always in the same centralism. They don't care about railways in Vila Real or Amarante... They were the first to close them, and denying any type of investment.
Also there a few lobbies that will ensure that such thing will not happen.
If no more lines close, we will be very fortunate
That is the sad history of the railways in Portugal
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Then, you are always welcome to visit the beautiful Porto and Douro region!
Muito obrigado.

The idea has been in the back of my head for some time...

I´d enter from Vigo. Where to? Don´t know yet.
I want to see Guimarães, Porto and... well, a trip to Pocinho is not a bad idea, it seems.

I´ll have to think about it, I only know Valença do Minho, and that´s clearly not enough.
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Muito obrigado.

The idea has been in the back of my head for some time...

I´d enter from Vigo. Where to? Don´t know yet.
I want to see Guimarães, Porto and... well, a trip to Pocinho is not a bad idea, it seems.

I´ll have to think about it, I only know Valença do Minho, and that´s clearly not enough.


First you catch the renfe regional TRD 594 from Vigo to Valença do Minho!!


Then embark on the Minho Line and travel close to the Atlantic till Viana do Castelo where you can admire the old and new architecture and Saint Luzia Mount panoramic sights.


After seeing this city catch the train to Nine where you transfer to the commuter train going to Braga and enjoy walking on the city of the archbishops and climming to the Sameiro Sanctuary & Bom Jesus Sanctuary!!


Then on the new station of Braga you catch the commuter train to Lousado where you transfer trains again to the Guimarães line where you can appreciate the transformation of a metric gauge line to a iberian gauge line!!!


After enjoying the city where PORTUGAL WAS BORN and visitting the Penha Mount and Sanctuary you get the commuter train to Porto-São Bento.


After you visit the city of Porto i recommend you to visit Aveiro on the commuter train that distances of an 1h travel and walk and navegate on the city water canals!!


Then come back to Porto (São Bento or Campanhã stations) to spare a day and catch the interregional train to Pocinho and back again!!


After all of this travel you may board the diesel renfe 592 Celta (almost non-stop) back to Vigo!!!


And you have just travel by the regions of Minho, Douro Litoral e Trás-os-Montes e appreciated the northern portuguese railroad network & vehicles and all of it`s wonderful landscapes!!!


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Thank you for the wonderful images you shared with us Bart_LCY. I just saw your post on the Linha do Douro thread, thanks to PRB and felt the need to come here to the original site and say my thanks to you.
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First you catch the renfe regional TRD 594 from Vigo to Valença do Minho!!


Then embark on the Minho Line and travel close to the Atlantic till Viana do Castelo where you can admire the old and new architecture and Saint Luzia Mount panoramic sights.


After seeing this city catch the train to Nine where you transfer to the commuter train going to Braga and enjoy walking on the city of the archbishops and climming to the Sameiro Sanctuary & Bom Jesus Sanctuary!!


Then on the new station of Braga you catch the commuter train to Lousado where you transfer trains again to the Guimarães line where you can appreciate the transformation of a metric gauge line to a iberian gauge line!!!


After enjoying the city where PORTUGAL WAS BORN and visitting the Penha Mount and Sanctuary you get the commuter train to Porto-São Bento.


After you visit the city of Porto i recommend you to visit Aveiro on the commuter train that distances of an 1h travel and walk and navegate on the city water canals!!


Then come back to Porto (São Bento or Campanhã stations) to spare a day and catch the interregional train to Pocinho and back again!!


After all of this travel you may board the diesel renfe 592 Celta (almost non-stop) back to Vigo!!!


And you have just travel by the regions of Minho, Douro Litoral e Trás-os-Montes e appreciated the northern portuguese railroad network & vehicles and all of it`s wonderful landscapes!!!


Indeed!

And in Viana do Castelo you have the longest and highest cable car railway in Portugal, which goes from the main station until the top of the Santa Luzia.
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Cab ride across the Tagus through the 25 de Abril Bridge, in Lisbon.

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Lisbon area

Special train to SLB stadium (Porto»Lisbon) with football supporters

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Better than no improvements at all of course, but even after electrification how many hours will it take to get from Porto to Vigo by train?
I think that the idea was 1h45 between Porto and Vigo after the electrification is made between Nine/Viana do Castelo/ Valença/Vigo!!
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I think that the idea was 1h45 between Porto and Vigo after the electrification is made between Nine/Viana do Castelo/ Valença/Vigo!!
Better than I thought albeit still a bit slower than driving.
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Better than I thought albeit still a bit slower than driving.
Better than the recent new direct connection of 2h25 and better than the old one of 3h10!!!
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I think that the idea was 1h45 between Porto and Vigo after the electrification is made between Nine/Viana do Castelo/ Valença/Vigo!!
Guillarei, not Vigo.
Spain only needs to electrify the section between Valença and Guillarei, which is very short.
The rest of the line between Guillarei and Vigo was electrified in the 1980s.
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