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Lisbon Tram (Elétrico De Lisboa)

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THE IDEA

The tram is a traditional form of public transport, characteristic of the city of Lisbon. Painted in yellow, it carries the history of a charming city full of adventurers and explorers. It is very popular among tourists that want to visit the city in a relaxed way. Wherever it goes, it leaves no one indifferent!

The mythical 28 is one of the most emblematic routes and takes us to the past along the main avenues. It helps us to feel the heart of the city, without missing the comfort of modern times.

A mandatory stop for a selfie, but without giving space to the most avid pickpockets who insist they have a recognized job, worthy of mention in the city's tourist guides.

A little piece of Portuguese culture that has already been part of my day-to-day and that I've turned into LEGO building. It is an irreplaceable and incomparable piece in a LEGO city, whether for train fans, collectors or for children to play with. It will look great in your house as a nice display model too.

Have a nice trip!



DESCRIPTION

The Lisbon Tram consists of two major sections: the pavement and the tram itself.
When designing the tram, my main focus was to recreate a tourist symbol and an important piece of Lisbon city daily basis. The pavement intends to demonstrate the art and majesty of the Portuguese cobbled street, that is a really important heritage of the city as well.

The project consists of 2139 parts: 692 from the tram and 1447 from the pavement.

Lenght: 25.7 cm
Height: 15.6 cm
Width: 8.6 cm

It runs on typical LEGO rails and looks great in any LEGO city.
The roof is removable to access its interior and the right-side doors allow entry and exit. 

On the top, there is the articulated pantograph and the trolley pole.
Both of them are adjustable and can be used, whether in a regular basis or in the tiny streets.

Inside there are 10 seats and two of them are turned 90 degrees, just like in real trams.
On the roof there are several handles to hold and prevent falls as well as vertical handrails.

In front, in the command position, there is the throttle and the break, as some other dials and the fire extinguisher. Don’t forget the horn on the floor to warn people who cross ahead!

In the beginning, trams were pulled by horses and the driver used to take the reins of the horses that ended in the bridle in the horse's mouth, so its name was derived from the brake guard ("guarda-freio" in Portuguese). He is always paying attention to what is going on around him, because in the chaos of city traffic, every second counts!

Outside, we can find the typical portuguese pavement with geometric shapes, two lamps with flowers around, a waste basket, the guitar player resting in the bench and the chestnut man (street vendor), selling a great snack wrapped in newspaper for a better taste!

Be aware... the pickpocket is looking for the next wallet!



MINIFIGURES

The project comes with 7 minifigures:

  • one driver ("guarda-freio" in Portuguese)
  • three passengers
  • one guitar player
  • one chestnut seller (street vendor)
  • one pickpocket




HISTORY

On 30 August 1901, Lisbon's first electric tramway started operations. Within a year, the routes had been converted to electric traction, and by 1913 the cable trams were excluded. Until 1959, the lines network continued to be developed, and in that year, it reached its greatest extent.

Portugal’s capital currently has five different routes and 58 trams, 40 of which are vintage streetcars.
The heritage trams are small, nostalgic and an emblematic symbol of Lisbon.



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