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A vision in red

Posted in Brazil, Tubarão by folkestonejack on July 7, 2013

The sight of the red liveried 2-8-2 Jung in steam much sooner than expected was a welcome surprise when we returned to the museum. It wasn’t too long before the loco was surprising the locals too, as it made its way over the level crossing that separates the museum from the yard of the modern railway. Although there were only a couple of hour of light left in the day it was still a pleasure to watch as Plan C came together.

A short drive brought us to a level crossing just outside town where we watched the loco pass, hauling our wagons towards our next stop, the Tubarão river bridge. Finally, the loco made it to familiar territory in the shadow of Capivari power station with the light now fading fast. The security guard at the station seemed somewhat bemused by this unexpected train – let alone four identical Volkswagen minibuses packed full of foreign tourists!

No. 5 makes a return to Capivari Power Station

No. 5 makes a return to Capivari Power Station

As night fell we improvised some extra lighting using the headlights of two of our Volkswagen Kombis which worked surprisingly well, though it must have looked a strange sight to the locals.

The location for our unexpected night shoot was highly appropriate as this locomotive spent its life shunting at Capivari coal washery, rather than out on the line. The Companhia Siderurgica Nacional owned a pair of 2-8-2 two cylinder superheated locos that it had acquired from Jung, both of which had been constructed in 1954 (works numbers 11943 and 11944). Both have survived into preservation, with no. 4 (11943) still in working order at Bento Gonçalves, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

The night shoot was good fun and rescued a day that seemed destined for defeat, even to the optimists amongst us! I hope that it augurs well for tomorrow, but I have given up predicting anything here.


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