The links to such pages as http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=21
no longer work as of 26th April 2014 although the site is up and running. I have
unlinked them all but left them in place so readers can try one later... Note
the timetable link below.
Henry Posner III has sent me a copy of an article by Renata Passos in
September 2008's edition of Revista Ferroviaria from which I made a start on extracting the following summary although much extra
web searching has also taken place. It includes some non-steam
operations, the state is indicated after the name.
MG = Minas Gerais
PE = Pernambuco
PR = Paraná
RJ = Rio De Janeiro
RS = Rio Grande do Sul
SC = Santa Catarina
SP = São Paulo
Key website are:
Other links below were all 'good' as of October 2008 except as noted,
experience dictates this will not last long, there are a few December 2009
updates on operation as noted, mostly on lines visited by Tom
Schultz in November 2009. Expect them to be in Portuguese
unless otherwise indicated.
Estrada de Ferro Oeste de Minas (MG) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=7.
The famous narrow gauge steam railway between São João del Rei
and Tiradentes. Click here for an aerial photograph of the site.
This line was reported closed temporarily in October with plans to re-open in
Trem da Vale - Ouro Preto - Mariana (MG) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=21.
Steam trains between the historic towns of Ouro Preto and Mariana.
Reported by Sergio Martire in December 2009 to be "only diesel loco
working - steam train only in January 2010".
Trem da Serra da Mantiqueira (MG) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=18
and http://www.abpf.com.br, see also their
Portuguese language blog https://abpfsuldeminas.wordpress.com/
(added 15th August 2011).and my own ABPF Regional Sul de Minas
page (this added 24th October 2012)
Steam trains between Passa Quatro and Coronel Fulgêncio.
This is Tom Schultz's picture from 2009 of Baldwin 4-6-2 332, also available is James
Waite's report from 2012 (2nd September 2012).
Trem das Águas (MG) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=8,
see also their Portuguese language
(added 15th August 2011) and my own ABPF Regional Sul de Minas
page (this added 24th October 2012).
Steam trains between São Lourenço and Soledade de Minas. Click here for an aerial photograph of the site.
This is Tom Schultz's picture from 2009 of Beyer Peacock 4-6-2 327, also
available is James Waite's report
from 2012 (2nd September 2012)
Trem do Forró (PE) - http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=17
Diesel excursions from Marco Zero, Recife to Cabo de Santo Agostinho
Serra Verde Express (PR) - http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=12
A diesel operated spectacular scenic railway inland from Curatiba daily to
Morretes and beyond to Paranaguá on Sundays. Their website has pictures of
the line in steam days.
Trem do Corcovado (RJ) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=1
The tramway up to the famous 'Christ the Redeemer' statue in
Rio de Janeiro
Trem Estrada Real (RJ) - see http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=5,
the site given in the RF article is singularly unhelpful -
http://www.paraibanet.com.br.(link broken by December 2021)
A 14km ride from Paraíba do Sul on weekends and holidays. Click here for an aerial photograph of the site.
Reported closed by Sergio Martire in December 2009.
Bonde de Santa Teresa (RJ) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=2
Historic tram rides based on Estação Carioca in Rio de
Maria Fumaça SESC Mineiro Grussaí (RJ) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=6.
Steam trains from Estação Bom Despacho SESC Mineiro Grussaí -
this is a tourist camp! Click here for an aerial photograph of the site.
Trem do Vinho (RS) - see http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=16
(link broken by 29th October 2017),
http://www.mfumaca.com.br (link broken by 29th October 2017), also the
unofficial site http://www.estacoesferroviarias.com.br/trens_rs/bentogonc.htm
Steam trains between Bento Gonçalves to Carlos Barbosa.
Trem das Termas (SC) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=13
(the website given in the RF article http://www.abpfsc.com.br
links to the associated ABPF Rio Negrinho operation - see below)
Steam trains between Estação Férrea Piratuba and Marcelino Ramos Click here for an aerial photograph of the
site at MR..
Trem Tubarao at Imbituba and Criciúma
(SC) - the site given in the RF article http://www.tubarao.sc.gov.br/secretarias/cultura-esporte-e-turismo/pontos-turisticos
is not very helpful and is no longer available (October 2014)
Special steam trains are available over sections of the
Ferrovia Tereza Cristina
Trem Rubi from Imbituba - http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=22
Trem da Serra do Mar (SC) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=14
Steam trains between Rio Negrinho and Rio Natal
Trem do Contestado (SC) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=15
Occasional charter steam trains between
Piratuba, Capinzal and Porto União
Ferrovia das Bromélias
- Estrada de Ferro Santa Catharina (SC)
(Added 16th July 2011, link broken by December 2021)
A 3km metre gauge line based on Subida,
operating basically on the second Sunday of each month. The picture of their
locomotive (232, 4-6-0 Baldwin 54063, ex-VFCO) below is courtesy of Sergio
Trem dos Imigrantes (SP) - http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=19
Short ABPF operation from Estação Memorial dos
Imigrantes, São Paulo
Bonde dos Imigrantes (SP) - http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=20
There is also a tram operation in association with the Immigration Museum, São Paulo
Viação Férrea Campinas Jaguariúna (SP) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=10
Steam trains between Campinas and Jaguariúna,
Sergio Martire adds "Turntables in Jaguariua and Carlos Gomes- no tender first on the trains."
Ray Schofield adds that not all trains run right through...
Bonde do Parque Portugal, Campinas (SP) http://www.tramz.com/br/cp/pp.html
Tram rides at weekends.
Trem de Bertioga (SP) http://www.bertioga.sp.gov.br
(link is dead) and http://www.novomilenio.inf.br/bertioga/bh009.htm
A historic tram system.
Trem dos Ingleses (SP) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=23
A short ride at the 'Museu Funicular de Paranapiacaba em Santo André',
this is the famous former rope operated incline.
Taubaté Municipal Park Railway (SP)
This is a short system with two locomotives from the Usina
Serra Grande in the state of Alagoas. I cannot trace a mention of it on the
web in English or Portuguese except for a brief (now deleted) mention on the
anpf website but the 2008 RTC trip had a
charter here. Click
here for an aerial photograph of the site.
Bondes Monte Serrat (SP) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=11
Historic cable car journey in Santos.
Estrada de Ferro Campos do Jordão (SP) http://www.abottc.com.br/trem/?CodTrem=9,
http://www.pindavale.com.br/efcj (link dead by 12th April 2018)
Tram/inter-urban rides based on Pindamonhangaba e Campos do
Click here Sergio
Martire reports (December 2009) "electric trains only from Pinda do Piracuama, and from
Campos do Abernessia - full train only in January 2010."
Estrada de Ferro Caminho das Águas - Ipatinga
- the site given in the RF article
(Link dead by May 2023) is not very helpful
Steam train rides. Click here for an aerial photograph of the site.
Maria Fumaça de Bauru (SP) - the site
given in the RF article
http://www.bauru.sp.gov.br/prefeitura/site.php (link is
dead) is not very helpful, see also http://www.centrinho.usp.br/emfoco/file/foco_35/bauru_az.html.(link broken by 29th October 2017)
A short ride in the yard of the station near the local railway
museum. It works no more than once a month. These pictures of metre gauge
Baldwin 2-6-0 NOB (Estrada de Ferro Noroeste do Brasil) 278 are by Marcelo Lordeiro
(added 17th October 2012).
Maria Fumaça de Atibaia (SP)
A short (2km) metre gauge steam ride, which runs on Saturday
and Sunday. Click
here for an aerial photograph of the site.
There is another site in this area, at Mairiporã,
a college (Instituo de Ensino Thomaz Cruz) which has 1km of metre gauge track
on which one or more steam locomotives works occasionally.
Trem Maceió a Rio Largo (AL) -
broken 5th April 2019)
Local train rides
Trem da Fazenda Guaritá (Rio das Flores -
Some kind of short 600mm railway
Trem de Sabaùna a Luiz Carlos (SP)
No web information of value.
Trem de Fazenda Carva - Iheira (Vassouras
- RJ) http://www.vassouras.rj.gov.br
is not viewable in China at least
My Portuguese is not up to deciphering what is on offer here.
I have not included a list of projected tourist railway