CP 1550 class

CP 1569 Outshopped 1569 returns from a test run from Vendas Novas back to the shops in Barreiro. Pinhal Novo, April 29th, 1996. The cab is crowded with officials.

Rolf Stumpf photo

The 1550 class is a MLW MX-620 with an axleload of only 15.1 tons! The CP rosters twenty 2000 HP units which are all based at Entroncamento. 1561 was wrecked in a terrible accident on the Sines branch on May 14th, 2003.

After the sectorization of the CP Motive Power, the "Canadians" moved mostly off the Beira Beixa line (Abrantes - Guarda), where they worked freight, regional and Interregional trains. The InterCity pair between Lisboa Sta. Apolonia and Figueira da Foz is now a 1400 class duty!
Now the 1550 class belongs to the freight pool and works nearly all over the CP system. After some years pause they see also work in the Alentejo again. No scheduled passenger workings anymore. Occasional substitution for disabled class 1931s with Interregional trains may still occur.

1556 awaits departure at Figueira da Foz with IC 500 to Cacem/Lisboa, December 29th, 1997.

Rolf Stumpf photo
CP 1556

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