|I would like to thank Américo Paulo Martins Correia of the
Administração dos Portos das Ilhas de S.Miguel e S.
Maria, Sa. (the Port Authority of the Açores). Américo gave up his time to show me
the locomotives and to explain much of their background. Without
his help this web page would not be possible.
Chris Brady's web pages http://chrisbrady.itgo.com/azores/broad.htm provided the incentive for me to follow up while in the Açores on vacation in June 2008.
|The story of the railway in
Ponta Delgada, on the island of Sao Miguel, in the Açores
begins in Holyhead on the island of Anglesea in North Wales. J.
and C. Rigby won the contract to build the Holyhead Harbour breakwater
which commenced in 1848 and took 28 years to complete. Although
the railway line to Holyhead was built to the standard gauge, the broad
gauge of 7 feet 0¼ inches because of the large blocks of stone
that were to be conveyed. The broad gauge was that chosen by
Isambard kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Railway.
For further information on the Holyhead harbour work see:
Around 1861 some of the equipment from the Holyhead Harbour Breakwater project was shipped to Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel in the Açores to construct the breakwater there.