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What is Entroncamento?

Entroncamento originated in the middle of the 19th century, with the birth of the national railway network, as a simple train-stop, from two small railway construction camps: Casal das Vaginhas and Casal das Gouveias.

When did Entroncamento become a town?

On August 25, 1926, the settlement was recognised with the status of civil parish. By 1932 Entroncamento was bestowed the urban designation of vila ( town) and on November 24, 1945, it was elevated to the status of municipality.

Why is there a railway museum in Entroncamento?

Entroncamento was formed around the railways, and they were its lifeblood for more than a century. At the peak of steam train travel and haulage in the 40s more than half the population of the town was employed in some form by this industry. So there’s no more fitting location for a railway museum.

When is the best time to visit Entroncamento?

If you do time you visit to Entroncamento for the second half of June there will be a jubilant atmosphere around the town as it puts on its annual festival. They usually begin a few days before St John’s Day on the 24th and end a few days after, during which time a small city of tents and stalls are pitched in front of the town hall.

What is the history of Entroncamento?

In the 1950s, Entroncamento was, after Barreiro, the second largest railway centre, with almost half of its national employees. It was estimated that between the 1920s and 1930s, the Entroncamento population associated with the railway operator, CP Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses /Comboios de Portugal exceeded 50% of the local population.

Why is there a railway museum in Entroncamento?

Entroncamento was formed around the railways, and they were its lifeblood for more than a century. At the peak of steam train travel and haulage in the 40s more than half the population of the town was employed in some form by this industry. So there’s no more fitting location for a railway museum.

When is the best time to visit Entroncamento?

If you do time you visit to Entroncamento for the second half of June there will be a jubilant atmosphere around the town as it puts on its annual festival. They usually begin a few days before St John’s Day on the 24th and end a few days after, during which time a small city of tents and stalls are pitched in front of the town hall.

What to see at O Museu Nacional Ferroviário?

O Museu Nacional Ferroviário, no Entroncamento, conta mais de 160 anos de história dos comboios e do caminho de ferro em Portugal. Com uma das melhores coleções de património ferroviário da Europa, ocupa uma área de 4,5 hectares, que comporta 19 linhas e edifícios ferroviários notáveis.

What are some of the best national railway museums in Europe?

I have visited several excellent national railway museums across Europe, including those of Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK (at York). Portugal’s national railway museum is as good as any of these: the staff are superb, the layout is impressive and informative.

How big is the London Museum of Mechanical Engineering?

The museum is covering about 4, 5 hectares with 19 railway lines, and shows you about 36.000 objects and this going from one of the first Steam Machines.

What to see at the Railway Museum in aguéda?

After our visit of the “Railway Museum in Caminhata do Vouga” who belongs to the city of Aguéda, we went to the Mother of the Railway Museums, namely the “Railway Museum of Entroncamento”, a museum who is known at an International base, and who shows us the “European History of the Railway”.

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