English and Brazilian cars
Midland Railway, Carriage & Wagon Co. in Birmingham, England, constructed four electric vehicles for Campos do Jordão in 1924: two passenger cars, A-1 and A-2, and two baggage cars, B-1 and B-2. All used English Electric motors and trucks. B-1 and B-2 were later renumbered V-1 and V-2, and V-1 was converted to a passenger car. Midland/EE supplied passenger car A-3 to EFCJ in 1927. Using EE equipment, EFCJ built two passenger cars in its shops in Brazil: A-4 in 1932 and AL-1 in 1972. The pictures below show some of these vehicles. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger image. To return to this index, press your Back button or Alt/Com + left arrow.
One of the original electric passenger cars, numbered A-1 and A-2, photographed in 1924 at the Midland factory in England. "A" signifies automotriz, motor car. Note the odd bow collector, which EFCJ replaced. [The Locomotive, London, 14/2/1925, p. 38]
Passenger car V-1, photographed in 1995. ("V" = vagão, wagon.) This is a reconstruction of a bagageiro or baggage car, one of two built by Midland in 1924 and originally numbered B-1 and B-2. [www.tra.ms]
Passenger car G-3 in Pindamonhangaba yard in 1963. The "G" is mysterious for that letter was normally used for gasoline-powered cars and gôndolas. This may be a reconstruction of car A-3, which EFCJ imported from England in 1927. [www.tra.ms]
Rebuilt A-2 photographed in 1963 at Eugênio Lefevre station in the municipality of Santo Antônio do Pinhal [see map]. This is the terminus of excursion trains from Emílio Ribas. Note the "28" km marking extreme right. Altitude is 1,161 m. [Earl Clark]
AL-1 at Pindamonhangaba station in February 1977. "AL" means automotriz luxo, a luxury car with air-conditioning and other special amenities for tourists. EFCJ built this car in 1972. [Earl Clark]
A-4 photographed in 1994 at the north end of the line, at Emílio Ribas station in the Capivari district of Campos do Jordão [see map]. A-4 was built by EFCJ in 1932, using motors and trucks from England. [AM]
EFCJ's interurban cars were constructed with controls at both ends, but all are unidirectional today and must be reversed on human-powered turntables. This picture shows A-4 on the Emílio Ribas turntable in 1994. [AM]
A-4 in one of the residential districts of Campos do Jordão, in April 1994. [AM]
Interior of car A-4 descending the escarpment near Santo Antônio do Pinhal [see map], on an April morning in 1976. [AM]
Midland/EE freight car V-2, formerly B-2, built in Birmingham in 1924, photographed in Pindamonhangaba in 1963. [www.tra.ms]
62-year-old V-2 pulling an excursion train near Emílio Ribas in 1986. See other photographs of this car in the Miscellaneous views section. [AM]

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