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Be part of living history and hitch a ride on a vintage tram from years past!
Tram networks were popular public transportation systems throughout the industrialized world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Trams evolved from being horse-drawn, to steam-powered, and finally to electric-powered. With the introduction of other forms of transport, however, trams began their decline by the mid-20th century. Today, vintage trams (or heritage trams) exist in various cities around the world in an effort to preserve a part of the living history of rail transport.
Inspired by my recent trip, this LEGO model is a tribute to the vintage trams of Porto, Portugal's 2nd largest city. Of the 30 lines that once existed during the transportation network's prime, only 3 remain today.
Approx Dimensions: Length 26.5 cm x Width 8.5 cm x Height 15.0 cm
Number of pieces (with minifigs, without track): 664
This model was built using LEGO Digital Designer (LDD). On the exterior, the tram features functioning entrance and exit doors of both sides of the tram, (though in real life only the doors on the starboard side are used). Other exterior details include headlights, guards, signage (Tram 22 Carmo-Batalha is one of the 3 lines still operational), rearview mirrors, as well as the classic logo of “SCTP”, the company that operates the Porto trams.
The model also features a removable top that provides access to the passenger carriage, which in turn holds up to 8 sitting passengers. The driver cab features a controls panel, 2 levers, as well as a fire extinguisher (see view with door removed).
Comments, questions, and constructive feedback of this model is greatly appreciated!
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