The Algarve Railway

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Lagos is the western terminus of the line. As befits its terminal and serving a city status it is a much larger station than others along the line and is staffed.  It is 347 km from Lisboa (Lisbon) and was opened in July 1922.  The line approaches from the lower ground to the south and the station is situated on the opposite bank of the Riba de Bensafrim to the city.  By 2001 it was surrounded by modern developments, including the new marina, which according to old maps appears to have truncated the tracks slightly to the north of the station.

 

The elegant street frontage of the station building

The elegant street frontage of the station building.

The southern gable end displays some of ornate green and brown tiles which decorate the exterior of the building, plus a stylish sign.  (Ignore the modern air-conditioning unit which spoils the aesthetics!) The southern gable end displays some of ornate green and brown tiles which decorate the exterior of the building, plus a stylish sign
The rail side of the station buildings and also showing the run round arrangements between the street side and island platforms The rail side of the station buildings and also showing the run round arrangements between the street side and island platforms.  The first nine photographs in this section were taken on Tuesday 20th or Wednesday 21st August 2001.
1434 simmers in the station on the morning of Tuesday 21st August 2001.  It does not form the next service out  which will depart from the island platform at 1135 with another consist. 1434 simmers in the station on the morning of Tuesday 21st August 2001
The tracks approach the terminus from the lower coastal ground to the south after traversing the edge of the Praia (beach) de S. Roque The tracks approach the terminus from the lower coastal ground to the south after traversing the edge of the Praia (beach) de S. Roque.   In this picture the station is just out of sight to the right, the city of Lagos can be seen on the other side of the river.

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