The Lousado centre of the National Railway Museum, run by the National Railway Museum Foundation, and managed in partnership with Vila Nova de Famalicão town hall, is in Lousado railway station, where the Minho line joins the Guimarães line. It covers the entire area of the original 'Companhia dos Caminhos de Ferro de Guimarães' (1883/1927) workshops of about 1,400 m2.
The rolling stock, built between 1875 and 1965 comes from eight different companies and was bought from six countries and various builders.
The museum artefacts include four steam engines and the oldest narrow gauge locomotive in Portugal, which was built in England in 1874, which sits alongside a medical car, which pays homage to Egas Moniz, a railway doctor who won the Nobel prize for medicine in 1949.
CP Services: Oporto urban trains
Special ticket for school groups for only €2 per person, including:
Paper chase "Discover the railway" - Lets you discover the museum's artefacts and the history of the railways in a fun way (45 minutes).
Classes in the museum - The museum becomes a classroom, portraying the industrial revolution and the recent history of Portugal through the development of the railways (60 minutes).
Cinecar - Video and debate, teaching files about the topic of the film and the aspects connected with the railways covered in the film;
Green film - This is one of the environmental awareness and education activities to improve behaviour, focussing on school pupils that has been created by the local environment department (90 minutes);
Eco Rail Workshop - Making the target audience aware of environmental questions and the world of railways building original trains, using materials without any apparent usefulness, such as paper rolls, cardboard boxes, egg boxes,.. in a creative, ecological and enjoyable way (60 minutes).
Citizen awareness and safety on public transport - Covers prevention and safety on public transport as well as behaviour for citizens, are some of the ideas to build a balanced, responsible society.
Awareness for Sustainable Development - Covers awareness for sustainable development through topics such as “Travelling and polluting”, “Preserving biodiversity”, “Transports for the future” and “History of Trains”, are some of the proposals.
Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:30;
Saturday and Sunday from 14:00 to 17:30.
The museum is closed on 24, 25, 26 and 27 December.
Oporto urban trains group service
Telephone: 221 052 482 (Working days from 9h30 to 13h00 and from 14h30 to 17h30)
Booking museum visits and educational activities
National Railway Museum – Lousado centre
Telephone: 252 492 139