In 1872 the Companhia Carril Americano do Porto à Foz e Mattosinhos opened the first mule tram line in Porto, connecting Rua dos Inglezes (nowadays Infante) with Foz (Castelo) and Matosinhos. In the next year, a branch line from Massarelos to Cordoaria was opened. A second company, the Companhia Carris de Ferro do Porto (CCFP) (the Porto Tramways Company), was established in 1873, and it opened a line from Praça Carlos Alberto via Boavista to Foz (Cadouços) in 1874. More lines were added through the 1870s until the 1890s. In 1878 the CCFP line from Foz to Boavista was converted to steam traction. At Boavista was the change of traction between mules and steam engines. Four years later, the interurban line of the CCFP was extended from Foz (Cadouços) to Matosinhos.
CCAPFM and CCFP merged on 13 January 1893, using the latter's name for the resulting company. Electric traction was introduced in 1895. The last mule-drawn car was retired in 1904, and electrification was complete with the elimination of urban steam engines in 1914.
In 1946, the city purchased the tram system from CCFP and took over its operation, with a new municipal company, Serviço de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (STCP). By 1949, it reached its maximum length of 81 kilometers with 150 kilometers track length. The 1960s and the 1970s were marked by a continuous dismantling of tram tracks and a preference for cheaper bus transport. The system shrank from 81 kilometers with 192 cars in 1958 via 38 kilometers with 127 cars in 1968 and 21 kilometers with 84 cars in 1978 to 14 kilometers with 16 cars in 1996. The last line (18) was the start of the current heritage tram system.
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rbassin (23979) 2014-08-26 1:34
Une très bonne prise de vue, dans un format vertical bien choisi.
Le cadrage est parfait, les rails et les fils forment un courbe très agréable.
Les couleurs et la lumière sont superbes.
Royaldevon (40992) 2014-08-26 1:52
Good Morning Daniel,
This reminds me of steep-street tram photographs that Goncalo (Bluejeans) used to post but I'm sure hers were from Lisbon.
You have used the curve of the tramlines very effectively in this beautifully coloured and sharp depiction of Porto.
Trams are like old trains, they never cease to fascinate and can create lovely images.
Have a great day,
snunney (103255) 2014-08-26 2:37
The light was perfect for this lovely capture. The tram is nicely placed with the tracks curving out of the frame at bottom left. Excellent technical realisation. I like trams old and new, but I think the older models hold the most fascination for me.
Silvio1953 (148503) 2014-08-26 3:05
Ciao Daniel, lovely composition with beatiful tram, superb sky, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jhm (156520) 2014-08-26 5:07
A lovely clear picture with these old tram as subject, this is real a juwel.
Nice perspective and depth picture.
Very sharp and clear taken, with all details clear to see.
I like these nice picture, TFS.
Sergiom (84445) 2014-08-26 5:36
J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage vertical. Il comporte toutes les couleurs et le charme de Lisbonne. La contre plongée est excellente et les couleurs joliment saturées.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-08-26 6:06
Joli cadrage vertical. J'aime bien comme les nuages semblent suivre les rails.
daddo (27290) 2014-08-26 6:49
Hi Daniel. This is a very appealing image as it conveys an orderly life,clean urban environment, well maintained old buildings and of course a pleasant climate.Excellent POV and many interesting details. Great light and bright colours. Regards. Klaudio.
Gerrit (52099) 2014-08-26 8:51
interesting and original that you have chosen this format. It works very well. Good colors.
alvaraalto (17958) 2014-08-26 13:48
Beautiful, sunny picture of this old tram in Porto.
The tram is as attractive as the famous tram in San Francisco but not so crowded. I think the girl can easily a seat here,
InasiaJones (31566) 2014-08-26 14:02
Wow! for the colours, I just love these rich earthy tones and their combination with the crisp blue sky. Wow! for the nice and cool curvy perspective created by the rails, really well done. And the main subject is a classy one - I just love old trams - but it is the context in which you have captured it that make it so attractive.
Overall, an eye-catching piece of work. Well done!
carlo62 (52078) 2014-08-26 14:02
bello il gioco di linee in alto con le nuvole a fare da sfondo.
Una bella composizione, resa più interessante dalla parte superiore.
gildasjan (43654) 2014-08-27 1:42
L'avant orangé de ce tramway ainsi que les toits créent une bonne complémentarité de couleurs avec le bleu de ce ciel agréablement chargé.
Nicou (146794) 2014-08-27 5:46
avec ce graphisme de fil électrique et ces poteaux dans le ciel pur quel tram et mise en valeur cet orange superbe un ancien tram génial.
Bravo et amitié
ourania (48762) 2014-08-27 7:02
this is a marvelous composition, I like very much the curvy perspective, the textures, the accurate description and the colours of the tram and the cityscape. Your framing is well considered and your timing excellent as the lady looking at you adds interest and the passing cars haven't been cropped. Interesting as the scenery is, the sky is mesmerizing, its textures and colours are fantastic. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Cricri (122554) 2014-08-27 11:48
Très jolie présentation, la qualité et les couleurs toujours au top comme d'habitude, bon POV, superbe le ciel
Gigidusud (21191) 2014-08-28 13:27
Je reconnais bien cet endroit, j'ai visité l'église sur la gauche!
Une belle capture de célèbre tramway, la lumière et le ciel nuageux sont superbes!
npecanhuk (75660) 2014-08-28 19:46
I love this one too!
It's lively, it's colorful and it's so beautiful!!!!!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
adores (46079) 2014-09-02 15:33
I see you got a very good series in Porto! I know this place and the photo is very good, I like the colours and the composition with the old architecture, the old tram and even the cables add a lot.