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Old Railroad Stations in São Paulo's Interior Marked by Neglect
04/03/2017 - 14h32
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT TO INTERIOR OF SP
Erected 140 years ago, the Cordeirópolis (SP) railroad station, one of the state's oldest, bears no resemblance to what it once was.
Closed, with its roof destroyed and signs of rust, the only relic of its golden period lies in its tracks-these, however, no longer transport passengers.
The scene at this station and others resembles that of other cities that in the past saw economic development through the railroad, especially during the last few decades of the 19th century, and the first of the last century.
Folha made its way across 1,500 km on highways and dirt roads and verified the neglect of old railway stations that played significant roles in the development of São Paulo's interior.
|Joel Silva - 16.dez.2016/Folhapress|
|JARDINOPOLIS, SP, BRAZIL|
The documentation of that scene of neglect comes at a moment when the state has announced plans for a new passenger and cargo railroad line that would connect São Paulo to Campinas and Americana, in addition to the cities in the Vale do Paraíba and the coast.
In all, the Intercity Train is expected to cut across 135 km and nine stations.
The old stations, the ones still intact, since dozens have been demolished, are collapsing, abandoned or not in service.
Starting with Campinas, inland, 7 of the first 20 stations no longer exist and three are in severe disrepair.
Others have become warehouses or homes and only four are in good condition and currently still serve as stations.
Translated by SUGHEY RAMIREZ
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