The International Steam Pages

Madeira-Mamoré Railway in the 21st Century

For some years Martin Cooper ran the Madeira-Mamoré Railway Society (MMRS) although it closed in 2009.

A story by Louise Sherwood was run on the BBC website in November 2010 detailing the progress being made in Porto Velho to preserve a small part of what was once a 366km railway through the Amazon jungle:

Given that such items tend to be ephemeral in nature, I have abstracted it to this site.

The logo of the Society (background) was from a line drawing of 1911 by Meade Bolton (the architect of the Panama Canal).

Loco 50 is a long shot from the Porto Velho station platform. Loco 50 is a Schwartzkopff and has a Brush (Loughborough) carriage in tow. The carriage nearest the camera is an unidentified vehicle, probably Brazil built in 1930.

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EFMM Loco 18 is the beast itself on shed, the only remaining loco in operation. ("shed" is a bit of a joke, as you can see the walls have fallen off and the roof leaks)

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A shot from the three carriage set hauled by loco 18, also a Schwartzkopff from Berlin, at km 1 from Porto Velho station.

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20 is a Baldwin at the other end of the line, at a town called Guajara-Mirim. It's not in working order.

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Rob Dickinson