GM Powered Diesel Leads Portuguese Timber Train.


Most of the Portuguese main line network is electrified, which makes diesel hauled trains something of a novelty.

Among the regular diesel hauled trains are freights by Portuguese open access operator Takargo, such as this one led by a Vossloh-built Euro 4000 diesel-electric locomotive.

This unusual looking machine sounds familiar since it is powered by a General Motors Electro-Motive Division designed 12 cylinder 710 diesel engine. The Euro 4000 is a cousin of Ireland’s 201 class locomotive and the America F59PHI, also powered by variations of the 12-710.

I made these photos from the platforms at Porto Campanha.

Lumix LX7 photo.

FujiFilm XT1 photo.


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2 thoughts on “GM Powered Diesel Leads Portuguese Timber Train.”

  1. Is the “TImber Train” hauling logs or finished lumber?

    I’m a tree farmer, so I’m especially curious about this one.

    1. My term is ‘timber train’ which I use to mean logs, rather than finished lumber. Irish Rail operates very similar trains and that’s the term generally used to describe the trains in Ireland, so it seemed appropriate to use the term for the Portuguese trains that I photographed.

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