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The Remains of a British Railway Rusting on a Brazilian Mountainside

Paranapiacaba is a small municipality outside São Paulo with a distinctly British appearance. In 1867 the town was the operation headquarters and home for the employees of the English-owned São Paulo Railway. The town’s stone buildings look straight out of a London exurb and a clocktower looms above the jungle mist in the old train yard. 

The São Paulo Railway carried both people and cargo (mostly coffee) between the interior of São Paulo and the port of Santos. Its greatest technological achievement was the funicular: a train shuttle built specifically for the steep mountain incline.


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