'Oporto's Trams - Past and Present'
On this disc we trace the history of Oporto’s first generation tramway, up until its
closure in 1996, using extensive archive sound film shot in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Some of the earlier tram routes went over to trolleybuses from 1959, including some
double deckers, and these are also featured.
The centenary of electric trams was celebrated in 1995 when crowds turned out to
see former mule tram number 22 re-enact the original run from Carmo to Massarelos.
During the celebrations a number of restored museum trams gave free rides between
Carmo and Boavista which are seen in action. A number of Oporto trams came to
Britain. Bogie car 273 is seen in operation at the National tramway Museum, Crich,
and 2-axle car 196 at the Beamish Museum.
Disc 2 - Duration 47 minutes
In part 2 we see trams operating on the three heritage routes, as well as the short
lived Tourist route T. We also visit the impressive tram museum at Massarelos, where
there are examples of many of the different types that graced the city’s streets.
Creation of the heritage routes involved laying new tracks in parts of the city that
had not seen trams for many years, and relocating tracks along the historic waterfront
onto a reservation.
We also visit the impressive Light Rail network, which has grown to 67 km with 80
stations. Branded as Metro do Porto, it currently has six lines, all of which intersect at
Trindade. The most impressive feature is where it crosses the river Douro on the
upper deck of the Dom Luis II bridge.
Photography by John Laker
Narrator: Gil Sutherland