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Picture of the Week: Portugal
Picture of the Week: Portugal

This is one of my favourite pictures I took in Portugal. Although I have a colour photo as well this one in black and white is perfect for the scene, the light was just right, taken in the early evening with long shadows the train is almost silhouetted against the river after the hot day time glare had gone, perfect! Here is Henschel oil burning 4-6-0 number 282 heading for Regua working the afternoon postal train from Barca de Alva on the Spanish border to Oporto crossing the river Tua on that great lattice girder bridge where it flows into the River Douro at Tua.

There were just a handful of these engines left allocated to Regua and Oporto Contumil depots still in service at this time to work this line. This is one of the great railway lines of Europe and hugs the river all the way. If you ever get the chance go and see it.
Tuesday 8th May 1973.


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