The historic train of the Douro is one of the symbols of Portuguese railway tourism and this year returns to the Douro line to make 40 trips from 4 June until 22 October.
This composition has five carriages of the 20 (CTF 2282, CTF 5511, CTF 5513, ACDT 484 and ACDT 481) with a total of 254 seats, which are pulled by the steam locomotive 0186, built in 1925 by the German company Henschel & Sohn. This locomotive belonged to the series of 10 locomotives from 0181 to 0190, who came to Portugal as part of Germany’s debt payment, related to the first World War (1914-18).
This locomotive has suffered in the past year a requalification in terms of the steam boiler to be heated by diesel combustion, instead of coal previously used, which required a difficult logistic of storage, loading and feeding the boiler. According to CP (The public company that manages the trains in Portugal), the engine is now “better adapted to environmental and energy requirements of the XXI century, allowing operation of the locomotive with less smoke, no ash and no fire hazards.” A round-trip between “Régua” and the “Tua” station, that takes about 3h20 and about 80 kms, this locomotive spent 1500 kg of coal and now spends 400 liters of diesel.
This journey between “Régua” and “Tua“, crosses part of the wine region of Douro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the famous Port wine is created. The program includes entertainment by a local Folkloric Group, a stop in the beautiful station of “Pinhão” and free time in “Tua” station to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Douro.
Come and have trip to the past!
Locomotive testing in Porto in May 2016.