Bahia - Brazil
Illustrations from old postcards
and is the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia today.
Because of its rugged terrain, numerous contraptions
were constructed over the years to transport residents
between the industrial districts along the bay and
the commercial and residential areas on the hill [see map].
In the 16th century the Portuguese erected a giant
'guindaste' (crane) on the site of today's Plano Gonçalves.
In the 19th century Salvadorans built one of South America's
first street railways, its first cable-drawn railway,
its first giant public elevator, and its first inclined plane.
This is a survey of some of these devices.
structure of the Lacerda Elevator, below left,
overlooking Todos os Santos Bay in 1932.
For a more recent view, click here.
Taboão, a similar but smaller structure nearby,
with new platform-type cars from Brill in Philadelphia,
below left, which used trolley poles and overhead wire.
The 1975 view on the right shows yet another type car.
The Plano Gonçalves still carries passengers today.
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