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Portuguese State Railway series 0300
Portugal | 1954 | 25 produced
CP 0304, one of the vehicles preserved in its original condition
CP 0304, one of the vehicles preserved in its original condition
Nelso Silva

In the early 1950s, the Comboios de Portugal saw the need to quickly convert the existing steam locomotives to other types of propulsion due to the lack of coal. The series 0300 railcars, of which 25 were built in 1954 and 1955, played a role in the changeover. They came from the Royal Dutch Factory for Furniture and Railway Vehicles Allan in Rotterdam, which earned them the nicknames “Allan” and “Holandesa”. The vehicles were equipped with two British AEC diesel engines, each delivering 220 hp, which transmitted their power to all four axles diesel-electrically.

The railcars had two cabs and could be used alone or in double. Per vehicle there were 24 first class seats, 50 second class seats and up to 34 standing places. There were no control cars, but one or two trailers could be coupled between two railcars. The vehicles were widely used and were equipped with new engines from the French company Poyaud in 1981 and 1982. 21 examples were converted to the series 0350 in 2000.

ManufacturerAllan of Rotterdam
Axle configB-B 
Gauge5 ft 5 11/16 in (Iberian broad gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length77 ft 6 5/16 in
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed62 mph
Engine type2x 6-cyl. diese1
Engine output434 hp (324 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
last changed: 01/2022

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