South of the biggest reservoir lake in Portugal – the Alqueva Lake – a deserted old railroad line runs through the Alentejo landscape connecting Beja with Moura. The railroad track is closed since 1989 and has been open since 1902. An impression of an old railroad bridge and railway stations on the 54 Km long railroad track.
Abandoned railroad track in southern Portugal
Beja city is connected with Moura through a 54 Km railroad line with train stations in the villages Brinches, Pias, Quintos, Baleizão and Neves. Unfortunately the rail road track is closed in 1989 – but the track infrastructure is still there;
|Abandoned railroad line bridge Apeadeiro do Guadiana between Beja and Moura
The river crossing is known as the “Apeadeiro do Guadiana” or the Serpa bridge. It’s a waystation where trucks, cars, pedestrians and train used the same bridge to cross the river Guadiana.
|Deserted railroad line bridge Apeadeiro do Guadiana between Beja and Moura
In the old days the bridge was quite important for traffic between Lisbon and Seville over Beja city.
|Old railroad track on the bridge "Apeadeiro do Guadiana"
The old railroad is know as the Moura Branch from Beja (Ramal de Moura) or the South-East line. Moura is a village on the south end of the biggest reservoir lake in Europe - the Alqueva lake.
Old railway stations in the Alentejo - Portugal
The abandoned railroad line left several railroad stations – and most are still there.
Nowadays the railway stations on both ends of the bridge are in decay;
|West side trainstation platform Apeadeiro do Guadiana
The back side of the west-side station
|Backside of the west side trainstation Apeadeiro do Guadiana
The east side station;
| East side trainstation platform Apeadeiro do Guadiana
The backside of the east side trainstation;
|Backside of the east trainstation - Apeadeiro do Guadiana
This is the east side station inside;
|Inside of the east trainstation - Apeadeiro do Guadiana
A look on the track from the other side - in the old days the track was all wood covered - without holes.
|Look at the railroad track of the Apeadeiro do Guadiana
Several attempts – even at EU level – to save the railway line failed.