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Rail Enthusiast?

For those who are keen, the freight terminal at Loulé generates fairly regular trains of aviation fuel traffic (destined for Faro airport) also irregular brick and sand trains, but at Vila Real de Santo António the unloading of bagged cement has now ceased - delivery is now by road.  Tunes is a good place for a couple of hours of train watching. Unfortunately the brick siding is not in regular use, which limits the activity. A small shed houses a track inspection machine, which rarely ventures out in daylight.

The empty fuel tankers from Loulé being taken back the refinery at Sines (pics below) normally pass through Albufeira between 1145am and 12noon but not necessarily every day. The loaded train goes through in the evening.

The centre of passenger operations is at Faro. There are several platforms and much shunting to and fro. The whole line is single track with passing places. It is electrified between Lisbon, Tunes and Faro with modern signalling etc installed in 2003/2004. The section between Faro and Vila Real has recently been modernised, with new high platforms at the stations and, for the first time in the line's history, SIGNALS!! Previously the line was operated under written train orders. The signalling work is now complete. Electrically controlled points (switches) have replaced the old manual systems. Work on building the new platforms at stations is complete although some stations still do not have high platforms.

Other, similar, work has been completed on the western section of the line between Tunes and Lagos

It was recently announced that the remainder of the line will be electrified, with initial worsk commencing in 2017 with completion in 2020. New stations are a possibility as it was said that 'things have changed since the line was built over 100 years ago!' There is also a study being made into a fairly bonkers scheme to build a branch line to the airport.

Attitudes to railway safety would give the UK's various authorities heart failure! It is nothing unusual to see people strolling alongside or across the track. There are few fences. US citizens be warned - unlike examples I have read about in your country, it will be your fault entirely if you get hurt. However please exercise common sense when taking pictures near railway land, especially if there are no fences. The electric trains in particular are silent, fast and deadly.

Some more pictures including a few from a temporary railway history exhibition at Faro are via this link.

Algarve trains -  some more pictures


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Alfa Pendular High Speed Train at Tunes Station
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Older diesel locomotive not seen here now
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Freight passing Tunes heading towards Lisbon - these trains are no longer diesel hauled and most have ceased.
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Track in the countryside north of Messines station
Messines old station building

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Vila Real de Santo António Station - click or tap for full size

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Freight train carrying sand passing Tunes heading for Loulé
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TUNES STATION

Regional train at Faro
Regional train boarding at Faro 01.07.14 - click or tap for full size

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TRAINS AT FARO 01.07.14
LEFT ALFA PENDULAR, CENTRE INTERCITY, RIGHT EXCURSION SPECIAL - click or tap for full size

Intercity train near Messines
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intercity train near Messines
At Vila Real there is an excellent steam train turntable in fairly good condition. Sorry about the sky. That picture was taken some years ago. I had a more recent visit (December 2014) and you can see some pictures of the much changed area at the end of this album.

Turntable at VRSA


Faro Station
L -Faro main station building
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Faro sea wall, October 2011 thanks to Steve Widdowson
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Unit 0462 at Tavira February 2012

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Regional train near Faro
Regional train Faro to Tavira on the sea wall
just east of Faro 1st July 2014. click or tap to see full size.
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Algarve Regional Train interior - once these were First Class seats now declassified. click or tap for full size.
Alfa Pendular Train at Faro

Alfa Pendular train at Faro - click or tap to see full size.
For some more pictures of Faro station and trains
on 1st July 2014 please visit my picture album

Boliqueime station July 2014

The little station at Boliqueime cleaned of graffiti and looking quite nice - 7th July 2014. click or tap to see full sized.

Unfortunately was vandalised yet again, but cleaned up again. It is a never ending task here to combat the local children and their anti-social behaviour.
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Disused freight shed at Boliqueime station same day. click or tap to see full sized.
Steve Widdowson sent me some excellent pictures of trains in the Algarve
taken in October 2014 - take a look at them here.

There are hundreds of great pictures of the Algarve line from the past forty years or so at

http://www.flickriver.com/groups/1519610@N21/pool/interesting/
Conceição station December 2014 - click or tap to see full size

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Cacela station December 2014 - click or tap to see full size

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Faro station May 6th 2015 - click or tap to see full size

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Some kit that does not normally venture out in daylight
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Stabled in Faro
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Alfa Pendular train at Tunes June 2015
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The 1706 to Lagos leaves Tunes 25 June 2015
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This is why those less able have problems with our trains!
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Lagos station June 2015 - click or tap each picture to see full sized
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Portimão station  - classic design on a dull 17th February 2016 - click or tap to see full size

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Portimão - the 1329 to Faro enters the station on 17th February 2016. Needs a clean! click or tap to see full size

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Disused crane at Portimão - British made!
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Portimao crane

Thanks to Steve Widdowson once again for these
pictures taken in April 2016
The old steam train ash pit at Lagos - click for full size
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Unusual livery on an Intercity train carriage click for full size
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A very unusual sight - this Intercity train at Tunes is formed of nine carriages! Normally they are only three or four. Taken 25th April 2016 click for full size

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The aviation fuel train empties passing Tunes heading north. Now in the hands of Takargo, its load was taken off at Loulé freight terminal and shipped by road to Faro airport. Click for full size. Thanks to Steve Widdowson.

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Another shot of the fuel train, waiting to pass a passenger train at Albufeira on 5th October 2016 - taken by me. Click to see full size.

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The last few of a sizeable number of people leaving the Lagos to Faro train at Faro on 5th October 2016. Like most of the trains down here, it is covered in graffiti tags.
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Silves station 27th October 2016 after remodelling, completion of new high platforms and track renewal. Click to see full size.

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