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Date: 01/24/23 16:31
MoW train in FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Another series about my trip on Centro Line of former Central do Brazil rr, now operated by MRS.
From Vassouras city (see previous thread in this series here https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?6,5612835 ) I took an eight kilometers long road to Barão de Juparanã, a village that belongs to Valença city. The orign of the station is the primitive Dom Pedro II railroad, that was the third railroad opened in Brazil in 1858. The tracks starting in Rio de Janeiro arrived in that area now occupied by Valença city in 1865 and a station was built with the name of Desengano. In 1889, with end of the Empire era and the beggining of the Republic in Brazil, the railroad had the name changed to Central of Brazil (EFCB). In 1920, Desengano changed the name to Barão de Juparanã.
The term "Juparanã" is of indigenous origin and means, in Tupi Guarani language, "Rio Grande". This homage was paid to the Baron of Juparanã, who became the greatest benefactor of the place. Son of the Marquis of Baependi, they owned several farms on the Valencian banks of the Paraíba do Sul river. The main one, where the family lived the golden times of coffee, was Santa Mônica which today hosts extension activities of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Valença.
The beautifull station in Barão de Juparanã is linked to the richness of coffee plantations in the 1800's to 1930s.
Nowadays, the tracks are operated by MRS and that's why the Centro line has a great amount of trains 24 hours a day. Most of them are empty ore trains going to the mines in Minas Gerais state. It is interesting to say that MRS operates in a carousel system with Centro Line (LC) and Ferrovia do Aço (FA). So, all the trains run in one direction only, going empty by LC and returning loaded by FA.

1) Going from Vassouras to Barão de Juparanã we pass by the small village of Barão de Vassouras, where we find the old station that received the connection with a metric gauge railroad that passed by Vassouras city. From Barão de Vassouras to Barão de Juparanã there was a third track in the past;

2) MRS grease machine in the mainline;

3) The original station in beginning of XX century.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano MG,




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Date: 01/24/23 16:47
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

4) Looking in the opposite direction;

5) A nice souvenier near the tracks;

6) An overpass linked to Barão de Vassouras bridge.

 

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








Date: 01/24/23 16:52
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

7 - 8) The overpass and the Barão de Vassouras bridge over Paraiba do Sul river;

9) The beautifull iron plate of Barão de Vassouras bridge:
• Length - 31.20 meters,
• Position - Km 128+660.

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








Date: 01/24/23 16:55
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

10 - 12) The beautiful Barão de Juparanã station.

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



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Date: 01/24/23 17:03
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

13) Barão de Juparanã housed the first CTC in Latin America opened in 1944 to control the trains between Barra do Piraí (Km 108) and Três Rios (Km 197). The building was donated to Valença city hall years ago;

14 - 15) Inside the old CTC building. The city hall is applying a new paiting in the old CTC and station buildings.

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



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Date: 01/24/23 17:08
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

16)  The station  height;

17) The position in Centro Line from Rio de Janeiro;

18) The platform.

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



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Date: 01/24/23 17:14
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

19 - 20) The old tunnel below the tracks is dirty and with some water down there;

21) Another view of the station.

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








Date: 01/24/23 17:18
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

22 - 23) There were a small shops in the station in the past. Now it is abandonned;

24) An old crane.

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



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Date: 01/24/23 17:23
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

25) I loved this old crane. It's a pity it is abandonned there;

26) There was some MoW trains in the yard. This one was near the station building, so I could took some pics of it;

27) It was changing ties nearby.

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



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Date: 01/24/23 17:29
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

28 - 29) The nice HNT class ballast hoppers;

30) Nice to see an SD40-3 in action. This unit arrived in Brazil in 2003 and were painted in MRS livery in US. 5314 is former SP 8408.

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



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Date: 01/24/23 17:32
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

31 - 32)  More views of MRS 5314;

33) The end of the MoW train.

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








Date: 01/24/23 17:34
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

34 - 36) The nice blue water tank used by MRS MoW gang.

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








Date: 01/24/23 17:45
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

37 - 38) Google views of the village and the railroad station. 

39) The video. 

There is also a good video made by Valença cityhall in Youtube. It is in portuguese, but it has nice drone views. The link is here https://youtu.be/X0bldtXkxm8

That's all for today.
Pedro

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



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Date: 01/24/23 21:10
Re: MoW train FBJ yard (Brazil)
Author: Ritzville

Very NICE and interesting series Pedro! Lots to see. Like all the older buildings and beautiful station. Enjoyed the video on the MoW train.

Larry



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