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Here it its the quite new and comfortable Alpha Train waiting in Porto to departure for Lisboa a saturday morning in January.

Of some reason I was invited to visit the engine driver, and can promise two interesting photos from this visit: Next in this little series will be a montage from the front seat beside the engine driver while we speed on in 200 km/h, while the last photo from the Alpha train will be a shot of the grand Oriente station in Lisboa as we arrive there.

The railways are run by CP (Companhia dos Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses) which has recently invested in comfortable Alpha Pendula (AP) trains to cover the Lisbon-Porto route. People travel in conforto (first) and turística (second) class on these rápido trains and the journey takes three hours 25 minutes.

Considered one of the best intercity connections in southern Europe, the high-speed Alfa train between Lisbon, Coimbra and Oporto is an extremely efficient way of travelling from the capital to the north of the country, and vice versa. The train leaves Lisbon's Santa Apolónia station and passes through the impressive Oriente station in the east of the city.

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Additional Photos by Jack R Johanson (jrj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 494 N: 7430] (34843)
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