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These train sheds, a few stops ahead of another one we featured before, are another marvel in simple wood construction. Covered in dark board-and-batten siding and sporting white double-hung windows, we could picture them in Sweden or perhaps even rural New England… they live at the now-terminal Douro train station, though, semi-abandoned but standing proud. Their roof proportions and massive arched eaves probably owe their shape to the “Swiss chalet” fashion of the times more than anything else: they were built during the late 19th-early 20th c.

There were other, similar sheds further down the line, but as we said the line now ends here. Besides the eave detailing and the stone plinth all around, note the complex timber structure inside peeking out from under the roof.

Pocinho Train Station, Pocinho, Vila Nova de Foz Côa

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