CP – Comboios de Portugal has already scheduled the dates for the usual campaigns of the Douro and Vouga Historical Trains, running between the months of June and October.
From June 1 to October 26, the Douro Historical Train, which consists of one steam engine and five historical wooden carriages dated from the beginning of the 20th century, returns to the unique scenery of the Douro winegrowing region, recognised as World Heritage by UNESCO. The train will run its usual course between Régua and Tua, stopping at Vila do Pinhão. The journeys will take place every Saturday and on the national holiday of August 15, for a total of 23 journeys.
As for the Vouga Historical Train, which is composed of 3 wooden carriages dated from the early years of the 20th century – pulled by a diesel engine from 1964 – it shall travel the Vouga Line, between Aveiro and Macinhata do Vouga, between June 29 and October 12, 2019. During this time, the journeys shall take place every Saturday, for a total of 16 journeys.
In 2019, such tourism programmes presented a reduction in the number of scheduled journeys, since in 2018 there was also a reduction in demand when compared against the previous year. Indeed, in the Douro Historical Train, there were only 6,190 customers whereas in 2017 there were around 10,100 customers. The revenue was approximately 375,700 euros in 2017 and 234,100 euros in 2018.
As for the Vouga Historial Train, there were 1,630 customers in 2018 whereas in 2017 this number was of around 2,000 customers. The revenue was approximately 51,700 euros in 2017 and 43,100 euros in 2018.
CP shall remain committed to this railway tourism segment whilst finding the necessary sustainability and economical balance of these products. The Douro and Vouga Historical Trains will also be available for special circulation, for customers who might be interested in renting them.