Linha do Vouga

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Linha do Vouga
L.ª NortePorto-Campanhã
0,0 Espinho
L.ª NorteLisboa-Santa Apolónia
Espinho-Vouga
Silvalde
Monte de Paramos
Lapa
Oleiros
Paços de Brandão
Rio Meão
São João de Vêr
Cavaco
Sanfins[disambiguation needed]
Santa Maria da Feira
Escapães
Arrifana[disambiguation needed]
São João da Madeira
Faria
Couto de Cucujães
Santiago de Riba/Ul
Oliveira de Azeméis
Ul
Travanca[disambiguation needed] / Macinhata da Seixa
Figueiredo
Pinheiro da Bemposta
Branca
Albergaria-a-Nova
Urgeiras
Albergaria-a-Velha
R. ViseuViseu
Sernada do Vouga
Macinhata do Vouga
Carvalhal da Portela
Valongo do Vouga
Aguieira
Mourisca do Vouga
Águeda
Oronhe
Casal Álvaro
Cabanões
Travassô
Taipa / Requeixo
Eirol
São João de Loure
Eixo
Azurva
Esgueira
L.ª NortePorto-Campanhã
Aveiro
L.ª NorteLisboa-Santa Apolónia

Linha do Vouga (the Vouga line) is the last surviving metre gauge railway line in Portugal still operated by Comboios de Portugal. The other remaining metre gauge lines (the Corgo, Tâmega and Tua lines) all closed in 2009. The line is, however, also under the threat of closure.

The Vouga line serves Aveiro, Agueda, Sernada do Vouga, Albergaria-a-Velha, Oliveira de Azeméis, São João da Madeira, Santa Maria da Feira, and Espinho.

Since 2002, services on the line have largely been operated by CP's Série 9630 diesel multiple units, which replaced the previous ex-Yugoslav Série 9700 diesel multiple units and the Dutch-built Série 9300 railcars.

The section between Sernada do Vouga and Viseu is closed.

Sernada do Vouga railway station
The Vouga line at Aveiro, June 2008

History[edit]

After the line was opened by Manuel II of Portugal in 1908, the Companhia do Vale do Vouga operated it from 1907 to 1946. The first section, between Espinho and Oliveira de Azeméis, opened to traffic on 21 December 1908; the next section to be completed was between Ul and Albergaria-a-Velha. The line between this location and Macinhata Vouga, and the Aveiro extension, opened on 8 September 1911. The remainder of the line opened in 1913.

On 30 December 1946, it was nationalised and taken over by the CP.

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