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Rio de Janeiro

A couple of weeks visiting family and friends in Rio nearly got me arrested by the Military Police - photographing trains is against all the rules but some smooth-talking and mention of mad Ingles convinced him no serious state secrets had been compromised. Incidentally the Santa Teresa Tramway was unbelievable but sadly it was an accident waiting to happen. Let's hope the refurbishment makes it much safer.

Anchieta Station

Sampaio Station

The Corcovado Tram

The Santa Teresa Tram - the 'Bonde'


San Fransisco

A three-day stopover on the way back from New Zealand so time to ride the cable cars, the vintage trams and some more modern forms of transport.

The Cable Cars

Today's SFMTA (Muni) system

The historic F-line tramway

Original and PCC "Big Ten" Class

Original cars built in 1914 and double-end streetcars built 1948 for the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

PCC 1050 Class

Single-end streetcars built 1946-48 for Philadelphia Transportation Company. Acquired by Muni from successor Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, 1992. Restored 1993-94 and renovated again starting in 2014. Except for Nos. 1055 and 1060, which are painted in Philadelphia liveries, all cars in this class are painted in tribute to other U.S. cities that operated PCC streetcars.

PCC 1070 Class

Single-end streetcars built 1946-48 for Twin City Rapid Transit Company, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Sold to Public Service Coordinated Transportation, Newark, NJ, 1953. Acquired by Muni from successor New Jersey Transit, 2004. Modified for San Francisco service and restored in three phases, 2004-11. Except for No. 1070, painted in the livery it first wore in Newark, and 1071, painted in its as-delivered Minneapolis-St. Paul livery, all cars in this class are painted in tribute to other North American cities that operated PCC streetcars.

Foreign tramcars

From Melbourne and Milan

Fishermans Wharf historic ships

The Airport transport systems

Around the Caribbean

Antigua, Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia

St Johns, Antigua

Antigua turned up a few treasures, a Hunslet diesel, a hand crane and a winch. Antigua Sugar Factory used the Hunslet diesel No 15. This is works no. 3442, built in 1946, and now in the very cramped forecourt of the Antigua Museum. The crane and winch were down on the waterfront and the winch had 'Lumley Shadwell London' in raised lettering.

Bridgetown, Barbados

St Georges, Grenada

Castries, St. Lucia

Around the Caribbean

Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Jamaica

Oranjestad, Aruba and Bonaire

The battery-powered trams of Aruba were built in California in 2012 for the opening of the standard gauge tourist tramway which links the cruiseship pier with the shopping street.

Willemstad, Curacao

Montego Bay, Jamaica


Cochani train graveyard

The graveyard of old railway equipment on the salt-flats of Colchani, Bolivia

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