Portugal still has many abandoned old buildings in rural regions. Here’s an example of a sudden find – have a look;
Antique Railway station platform scale
At first sight it’s a rather strange contraption;
|Platform scale in Portugal
It looks a bit like a railway cart, but it’s actually a railway station scale used on platforms to measure the weight of luggage and goods.
Platform scale by Pooley & Son Ltd
It’s a railway scale manufactured by Pooley & Son Ltd from Liverpool. The engineering company started of in 1835 manufacturing platform scales for railway companies.
|Pooley & Son Ltd platform scale - Patentees Liverpool
This one is located on the Beja – Serpa railway line.
|A look at the platform scale mechanism
Time has stood still since the railway was retired in the 70’s.
|Time has stood still since the Beja - Serpa line has been abandoned
The abandoned Beja - Serpa railway line in Portugal