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Lisbon's Railways, Part 2

CP (Portuguese Trains) Broad Gauge Motive Power and Multiple Units

CP loco 2504

Partly updated April 2006

CP Motive Power Lisbon's Railways, Part 1

Copyright: ©
Compiled by John Laidlar

CP Motive Power

  • January 2006: CP ordered 15 Siemens ES46F1 Bo-Bo electric locomotives for both freight and passenger use. Deliveries are due in summer 2008 with most of the locos being asembled in Portugal. The locos are developments of CP's existing type 5600 EuroSprinter locos.

    Broad Gauge Locomotives

  • Class 1150 [nos. 1151-86]
    0-6-0 shunters, built 1966/67 by Sorefame. 16 remain in service. Painted yellow. Max. speed (km/h): 58. Tipo de Transmissão: Hidráulica
  • Class 1200
    Bo-Bo. built 1961-64 by Sorefame to a French design (BB63000). Now withdrawn, they could often be seen near Alhandra (as in the adjacent picture) on the Azambuja Line, hauling trains to and from the cement works. Painted orange.
  • Class 1400 [1401-67]
    Bo-Bo, 1401-10 were built at Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows by English Electric; the rest by Sorefame. They owe much to BR Class 20. 34 remain in servicve (2009). 1453 is pictured right in historic blue livery, though the class is normally finished in standard orange livery. They are generally overhauled at Barreiro works, across the river from Lisbon. Max speed 105km/hr. Tipo de Transmissão: Eléctrica
  • Class 1500 [nos. 1551-1570]
    Alco A1A-A1A. 6 with UTML. A North American design and build, these were the oldest diesels in main line use, deliveries having started in 1948 but the older models were withdrawn c.2003. However 18 of the locos introduced in 1973 remain in service (2009). Max speed 120km/hr.
  • Class 1550
    Co-Co. 18 with UTML (2004). Built by the Montreal Locomotive Works in Canada and introduced to Portugal in 1973.
  • Class 1800
    Pictured left, these locos were English Electric built, beloved of British rail enthusiasts as they are based on BR class 50. 9 remained with UTML until 2003 but they have now been withdrawn. Amongst their last service diagrams were the Opel car-transporter services to Azambuja, in conjunction with class 5600 locomotives.

  • Class 1900
    Co-Co, designed by Alsthom, built by Sorefame, 1981. 10 remain in use (2009). The raked windows (loco 1913 is seen, right) are a clear indication of the French origin (CC72000) of this design. Standard orange livery is applied to the class. Max speed, 100km/hr.
  • Class 1930 [nos. 1931-47]
    Co-Co, designed by Alsthom, built by Sorefame, 1981. A passenger version of Class 1900. 17 with UVIR. with a max speed of 120km/hr, six remain operational (2009).
  • Class 1960 [nos. 1961-73]
    Built by Bombardier Canada. Introduced in 1979, 11 remain in use and normally operate in northern and central Portugal on freight duties. Max. speed 120km/hr.
  • Class 2500
    2053kW locos built by Groupement 50Hz, a consortium including Sorefame and Alsthom, in 1956-57. 12 with UTML. As can be seen, left, they have a rather box-like appearance; orange liveried.
  • Class 2550
    Similar to 2500s, built 1963-64. 18 with UTML.

  • Class 2600 2601-12 are 1974 built by Alsthom/MTE; 2621-29 are 1987 built. Class 2600 locos (shown left) are similar in appearance to SNCF BB15000 class. 21 with UVIR. Orange livery.
  • Class 5600
    Pictured above right, these locos are based on a Siemens/ Krauss Maffei design, like RENFE 252 class. Built by ADtranz (Sorefame), 1993-95 and capable of 200km/hr. 5 with UVIR and 23 with UTML (2004). Livery comprises red front/rear ends and grey bodies as shown in the adjacent picture. Used to haul express services e.g. Lisbon-Oporto.

    Broad Gauge Electric Multiple Units

  • Class 2000
    Built by Sorefame, 1955/56 as three-car UTE (EMU) sets. 10 were used by USGL, mainly on the Alverca to Alcântara-Terra services (2003) but are now displaced by the double-deck class 3500s.
  • Class 2050
    These were a development of the 2000 class of 3-car EMUs, built from 1962. 10 were in service with USGL, 4 with USGP, 8 with UVIR in 2003, but no longer.
  • Class 2080
    A 1968 version of class 2050. Again, withdrawn c.2004.
  • Class 2100
    Built in 1970 and but in recent years were largely relegated to operating regional services over the Lisbon to Porto line and its branches. Many class 2100, 2150 and 2200 have, since 2002, been extensively refurbished as 3-car EMUS with air conditioning, new red front ends, new glazing and other improvements at a cost of two million Euros a set. This should give them a further 25 years of life and an increased max. speed of 14km/hr. Amongst the first routes to benefit were Lisbon to Tomar, Coimbra to Oporto and Barreiro to Setúbal.
  • Class 2150
    18 were with UVIR in 2003.
  • Class 2200
    These operated services in the Porto area and in northern Portugal.
  • Class 2300
    42 with USGL. These EMUs, pictured left, were the standard four-car EMUs employed on the Sintra Line (usually in two, coupled sets) and were built from 1992 onwards. Painted red.
  • Class 2400
    14 with USGL. Introduced from 1998, these are the air-conditioned version of class 2300, distinguishable by the unsightly air-handling units on their roofs. Painted red.
  • Class 3100
    19 with USGL.
  • Class 3150
    2 with USGL. These are revamped Sorefame EMUs used on the Cascais line.
  • Class 3250
    20 with USGL. As for class 3150 above.
  • Class 3400
    Four-car articulated EMUs (left) built by Siemens/Bombardier (Amadora). Delivered from September 2002 for use on Oporto suburban services, with usage on the route to Penafiel starting on 18 November 2002. 5-car sets are planned for the Lisbon area and another 1500V DC version for the Cascais line.
  • Class 3500
    12 of these 4-car sets, pictured right, serve with USGL, whilst the independent operator, Fertagus, had a total of 18 sets by 2001. They are double-deck units, used by CP on the Azambuja Line and on the Alverca to Queluz-Massamá services. CP sets are painted green and white, with red lining, whereas the Fertagus sets are blue and white, though some have been given overall advertising liveries.

  • Class 4000
    10 with UVIR. These are six-car tilting units, pictured left, which are based on the Fiat Pendolino. They operate in Portugal as the Alfa Pendular on the Lisbon and Pragal to Porto services. Livery is predominantly red, with white and blue. Delivered from 1998-2000.

    Broad Gauge Railcars/DMUs

    Above: Refurbished Allan railcar, class 350, at Coimbra Parque, 2001

  • Class 100
    12 with UVIR. Built by NOHAB of Sweden in 1948 and liveried in red and white. An example of a narrow-gauge NOHAB class 9100 is seen, left, at Amarante.
  • Class 301
    23 with UVIR. These are revamped class 300 Allan railcars, built in Rotterdam (1954-55) and refurbished by EMEF. There is also a narrow-gauge version as shown, right. Many of the 25 units had been refurbished as class 350 by Spring 2003.
  • Class 350 DMUs
    Green and cream refurbished Class 300 railcars.
  • Class 400 DMUs
    6 with UVIR, 5 with USGP. Built in 1965/66 by Sorefame as two-car sets. From 1997 they have been refurbished as class 450.
  • Class 450 DMUs
    10 with UVIR, 4 with USGP. These are revamped class 400s, they are used in the Oporto area and have a distinctive pale blue front end.
  • Class 600 DMUs
    20 with UVIR. Stainless-steel bodied DMUs built in 1978-79 as two car sets but given third cars in 1989-90.
  • Class 650 DMUs
    5 with UVIR. Three-car sets built from 1989-90 by Sorefame.

    Narrow Gauge Railcars/DMUs

  • Class 9500 DMUs
    Refurbished railcars.
  • Class 9630 DMUs
    Sorefame-built units.
  • Comboio is a useful site for Portuguese Railways enthusiasts.
  • CP - CP's own list of motive power.
    Copyright: ©
    Compiled by John Laidlar