Past, Present, and Future of Peripheral Mobilities in Portugal The Portuguese Narrow-Gauge Railway System (1870S-2010S)

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Abstract

In the Portuguese railway system, narrow-gauge lines were an important part of the network, accounting for a fifth of the extent and roughly a sixth of the traffic. Portuguese historiography about these railways focuses on partial aspects of their evolution and does not provide a general critical overview of their history. In this article, I propose the analysis of Portuguese narrow gauge as a Large Technological System connecting the Portuguese center(s) to its periph-ery(ies) in different stages of its evolution, from its implementation to its decline. Using available literature and unpublished statistical data of operation, I demonstrate how narrow gauge was unable to compete with automobility and ceased to be an alternative for long-distance transportation, but is resurfacing with different uses and goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-137
Number of pages30
JournalTransfers
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • appropriation
  • center-periphery
  • LTS
  • railway heritage
  • re-utilization
  • systembuilders
  • tourism

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