Brazilian Gem · DVD · 63 mins ·


Shot in 2007, this is an interesting look at operations on the last 14 km stretch of the 2ft 6in gauge Estrada de Ferro Oeste Minas (EFOM) or West Minas Railway in Southern Brazil. Once a 400km long system, this railway is a gem of late nineteenth century American practice, down to the link and pin couplers. The slightly unusual method of operation is shown as the train is followed through lush countryside and rolling hills, with two centernarian Baldwins in steam. Ten minutes of bonus footage show tourist operations on the nearby metre gauge Trem da Vale, using a 2-10-2 from Argentina.