J & K Video

Oporto's Trams Past and Present

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Disc 1 - Duration 75 minutes

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 alon the historic waterfront onto a reservation.

We also visit the impressive Light Rail network, which has grown to 67km 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.

Narrator: Gil Sutherland

Produced by - J & K Video
Running time - 122 Minutes (2 disc set)
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
DVD only

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