Europe’s Most Photogenic Urban Railway? Five Photos—Lisbon Trams.

As far as transit is concerned, Lisbon is the San Francisco of Europe.

Ok, you can nitpick about the methods of propulsion, cables versus juice, but with steep hills, outstanding urban panoramas and quirky twisting trackage in narrow streets and fully functional antique cars, Lisbon’s tram system has lots in common with San Francisco’s famous cable cars.

These cities have lots of parallels too, certainly in layout and appearance, and weather.

I made these photos in the Portuguese capital on a brilliant day in April.

There’s seemingly endless opportunity for photographs. But do you work with the shadows or in the shadows?

Canon EOS 7D digital photo.
View from a Portuguese restaurant. Canon EOS 7D digital photo.

For the tourist, Lisbon’s trams are both transport and an attraction.

Lisbon is among the cities featured in my new book, Brian Solomon’s Railway Guide to Europe  available now from the Kalmbach Hobby Store.

You can also get my book on Amazon. If you like what you see, please give me a good review! Thanks!

Red trams make a special circuit for visitors. Canon EOS 7D digital photo.

Canon EOS 7D digital photo.

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4 comments on “Europe’s Most Photogenic Urban Railway? Five Photos—Lisbon Trams.

  1. Brian:
    You may be interested to know that the Vidigal Wines S.A. of Cortes – Lira in Portugal, are bottling a nice red wine named “PORTA 6”. The label is a beautiful artist’s version of a Lisbon tram maneuvering down a narrow city street resembling one or two of the ones you have depicted on your web site. The wine is available in Ontario wine shops; don’t know about other North American locations.
    I have a copy of the label which is quite amusing but am not able to attach it here.

    I enjoy your website and daily photos. My wife is Irish and so
    I’ve been visiting Irish railways since 1966 and appreciate your Irish contributions. Nice work!

  2. Dennis on said:

    I rode all the lines in existense in 2003 together with a friend from Sweden.

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