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Date: 04/26/22 16:25
EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

I received some pictures taken in the last few days from a friend Christoffer Chris that visited some locations served by former Estrada de Ferro Oeste de Minas - EFOM, one of the great narrow gauge railroads built in Brazil in the 188Os,  liking Sitio (the town of Antônio Carlos nowadays) to São José Del Rey ( later changed to São João Del Rey). The company extended the tracks to the west and reached more than 600 km in the mainline. Later it changed the plans to continue with 762 mm gauge and start to built other tracks with 1,000 mm gauge and rebuilt many 762 mm gauge to 1,000 mm.  There are a lot of information about EFOM in the internet, including  the facebook page EFOM . The railroad operated until 1982, when it was closed and the tracks removed. A section of 17 km between São João Del Rey and Tiradentes was rebuilt to tourism in the following years and noways it is operated by VLI railroad. 
In 1981 Trains Magazine published an article about EFOM and its collection of narrow gauge Baldwins.
Pictures from friend Christoffer Chris.

1) The 1981 issue of Trains magazine is easy found on e-bay;
2) The EFOM map;
3) Unit 66 is preserved in Antonio Carlos (former Sitio) where EFOM had a junction with former broad gauge Central do Brasil, now operated by MRS.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG




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Date: 04/26/22 16:29
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

4) The tender of unit 66;
5 - 6) A wooden passenger car is also preserved with unit 66.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 16:36
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

7) The plate of Km 0 indicates the starting point of EFOM in Antonio Carlos station (former Sitio);
8) The old water tower;
9)  Antonio Carlos station ( former Sitio).

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 16:42
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

10) The old EFOM station of Barbacena branch, another junction with Central do Brasil railroad;
11 - 12) The only tunnel of the 762 mm gauge system is located in Barbacena, close to the EFOM station.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 16:44
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

13 - 15) Old railroad bed.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 16:47
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

16) An small bridge near Campolide station;
17 - 18) Campolide station.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 16:49
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

19) An old stop near Campolide;
20) And old bridge;
21) Campolide water tower.
 

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 16:52
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

22) An old railroad bridge;
23 - 24) Beautifull  path through the woods.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 17:05
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

25 - 26)  A new building was built on the old platform of Padre Brito station and nowadays houses a small restaurant for cyclists that use the old roadbed.
27)  The path along the Das Mortes river.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



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Date: 04/26/22 17:14
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

28) The Das Velhas river;
29 - 30) Old Barroso station.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



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Date: 04/26/22 17:17
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

31) An old bridge near Prados;
32 - 33) Old Prado station.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 17:22
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

34) Tiradentes station;
35) An inspection car precedes the steam train;
36) The beautifull steam train that run every weekend and hollidays between Tiradentes and São João Del Rey.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 17:24
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

37 - 39)  Action at Tiradentes station.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 17:27
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

40 - 42) The turntable.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 17:33
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

43) The train;
44) The inspection car;
45) The author of the photos Christofer Chris pising at Saõ João Del Rey station.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 04/26/22 17:36
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

46 - 48)  Short videos.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1

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Date: 04/26/22 17:44
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: pedrop

49) Moving to couple to the train again;
50) A view of the path along the Rio das Mortes (Death river).

That's all for today. 

Pedro

 

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



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Date: 04/26/22 19:44
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: tomstp

9 cars, that little engine can pull.



Date: 04/26/22 20:32
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: Utahfannz

Now those pic's were realy interesting. Love that old narrow gauge stuff. Thanks



Date: 04/26/22 21:37
Re: EFOM: a great narrow gauge steam site in Brazil
Author: E25

Please pass along our compliments and thanks to your friend Christoffer.

Great presentation, Pedro.

Greg Stadter
Phoenix, AZ



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