Portugal - Tram services over obscure routes
Some tram systems advertise their depot workings and enable one to ascertain the regular use by passenger-carrying services of junctions or sections of line that do not otherwise see public service. This occasional series lists such services that have come to notice. While the data for each system is current at the date stated, it is not the intention to endeavour to keep every entry up to date at every service change - the listing serves as a guide for travellers as to the sort of services they can look out for, enabling them to check current published timetable material at their time of travel.
To assist in tracing services, the route and/or timetable number for each journey is shown in parentheses, e.g. (1). Days of operation are in English notation (respectively: Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S) - plus "O" for only, "X" for excepted. Su (Sundays) usually includes public holidays in mainland Europe - but check locally.
Listings for other systems throughout the world - in the same format as shown below (please include date of timetable validity) - will always be welcomed.
Service at January 2010
Praça da Estrela turning circle
From Praça do Comércio: Hills Tramcar Tour, as advertised locally (this turning circle is the only track not covered more cheaply on ordinary service routes)
Service at September 2022. Map by route here
Normally the above stop is served by two routes, the 18 from Massarelos on an anti-clockwise path, the 22 from Batalha clockwise, timetabled to meet on parallel tracks every 30 minutes. Route 22 was suspended from 10 November 2021 for at least three years in connection with construction work for a new Metro line which as at September 2022 had severed the line near São Bento. When this tram route operates, the single tramcar going on and off route 22 travels in service as a through journey on/off route 18 so uses unique sides of triangles north and south of, but not calling at Carmo. Times of these first and last journeys from Viriato and Guilherme Gomes Fernandes stops respectively vary according to the time of year and could be found on the STCP website.