020 - Lisbon Stations - Portugal

We started this journey in Portugal, from North to South, from Valenca and now in Lisbon, exactly twenty articles ago. We visited fortress cities, such as Obidos, caves, beaches, archeological sites, cultural and various religious places and now we are finally at the articles dedicated to the capital of Portugal. 

But first, let's admire this beautiful city, from the perspective of someone who (really) loves trains. This is Lisbon, the Stations!

020.1 We kick off this article with an iconic double-decker passing train on the famous 25th of April Bridge (Ponte Salazar). Series 3500 from CP.

020.2 Flat wagons, 25th of April Bridge and the statue of Jesus Christ (Sanctuary of Jesus the King) and we can even see a bit of the blue of Tagus River.

020.3 Serie 3200 with that friendly yellow "robo-head", seen at Cais do Sodre platform. 

020.4 What a wonderful cupola to see as you enter inside Cais do Sodre station!!! To the left we have the outside of the station, to the right, the train platforms and check that watch! It does look like Mondaine watch, just like in Switzerland. I hope when you will visit, it will be just as clean and beautiful and the watch still there and working. Good job Lisbon, good job!

020.5 Another beautiful station (it is quite a trend in Portugal) -> Rossio Train Station. A perfect departing place  from Lisbon, direction Sintra (see previous articles). I don't wish to spoil it (if you did not see the previous 5 articles) but Sintra station has nothing great about it. This architectural style that we find in Pena Palace for instance, and also here at Rossio Train Station it is called Manueline and it is weird how it is missing from Sintra station. The train station of Sintra it is really boring and the only great thing about it is that it exists. 

020.6 Same Serie 2400 that we found in the previous articles, in Sintra. In fact, on the information panel we see that the DESTINO of the train is Sintra (21:31)

020.7 Another Series 3500, a bit more modern (I actually prefer the initial Green and white colour scheme), going from Apolonia Train Station, towards north. 

020.8 Probably the same Series 3500 to the right side and Series 2200 to the left. I don't like the cabin design mostly because it looks like a bus. Now most EMU are boring but there are a few who manage to be great looking, subjectively speaking.

020.9 The star of the website! I have a book about this locomotive and all the newer versions + scale model + pins + keychain + photos made next to it (when I was in Douro Valley, see article 005) + made the locomotive in 3D and attached it to every article, here on this website. The only thing I wish, is to "drive it" in simulation, in Portugal, maybe from Braga to Porto, since that route I know it. Drive it in real life, I don't think that it would ever be possible. This is still at Santa Apolonia. I remember that the first time I saw it, EuroSprinter 1, I practically ran towards, without actually running, if that makes sense :))

020.10 A colourful image of Lisbon, here at the platform of Santa Apolonia, with two 1st class cars, type Corails (in stainless steel). I made also these ones in 3D, as it can be seen at the beginning of almost every article or in the next image:

020.11 EuroSprinter ES64P locomotive + Corail Car + Oriente Station, all made by me, from photos and some documents (the locomotive and the car). For the Station Lisbon Oriente I used more my photos than anything else. I could not find blueprints. It all started as a 3D project during COVID pandemic (I had more time at home) and because I had a book and a scale model, I thought why not do the ES locomotive. Then made the station also in 3D and later decided to make the hexagon card (seen in the beginning of the article) and for that I needed also the cars (so made the 1st class and 2nd class variants). This was, at the date, the biggest single project (without animation) that I did in 3D for my own pleasure. Now granted it does not look realistic, as I don't know how to apply materials or better said, I don't know how to paint materials in free software. Maybe in the future, I will enhance it and thus I will eliminate most of this very long commentary. 

020.12 Right when you enter Apolonia Train Station, the view is not wow mostly because it looks more like a hospital than anything else. And I wonder which trains can come until the end of the platform, instead of stoping a lot further (the previous shots are actually made further).

020.10 Lisbon - Santa Apolonia main facade. Forget architectural style, as this building does not have much going on in that department. 

020.11 CP Tadgs Hopper Wagons in yellow colour (for cereals?). Behind we see a bunch of containers. This image, and the next one, are made on route to Oriente Station (my personal favourite).

020.12 CP Tds Hopper Wagons (smaller than Tadgs)

020.13 Perhaps the most beautiful modern Train Station - Oriente. When doing research on Lisbon, this train station popped as the most beautiful (for someone who loves trains) and there is also a commercial centre (to the left of this picture) where there are plenty places to pose in front of this train station (I think they are made on purpose). 

020.14 To be honest, I did not make any picture to way I wanted and I came twice to Lisbon Oriente...

For now we will end here this article and continue (from here) back towards Belem Tower, in the next article.  
I know many will disregard this article since it is made around and about railway. 
It is sad to live in an Europe that still does not prioritise railway and buses, but instead pushes towards electric cars (that we cannot power or build without exterior involvement...). 
For more than eleven years of working as an engineer and also traveling Europe plus hearing different people talk, I came to realise that only huge transport companies or the state can say that they own their material. For start, they receive many years of maintenance and improvements on the bought product.

Source: Wikipedia 

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