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The Serra Verde Express railway line was an impressive engineering feat for its time. It was built in the 1880s and was completed within 5 years. The train is traversing the hilly Atlantic Rainforest of the Serra do Mar mountain range and connects the cities of Curitiba and Paranagua, spanning 610 kilometers. The train passes through 14 tunnels and goes over 30 bridges of which the 113 metres long Ponte São João bridge (over the Rio São João) with 55 metres is the highest one.

The Serra do Mar is a great mountain range which runs along the brazilian coast for about 1'500 kilometres, from Espirito Santo state to the South of Santa Catarina state. The Serra do Mar is also divided into several smaller mountain ranges.

 

Djibouti 2015, Serra do Mar Train.
The image shows the train at 25°26'8"S 48°55'16"W over the Viaduct Carvalho and the Pico Parana in the background.
The Pico Paraná (1'877 m) of the Serra do Ibitiraquire

The stamp was issued in the series "Railways in South America".

 

Brazil 2016, Serra do Mar Train.

Stamp "1" shows the train over the Viaduct Carvalho with the Pico Parana in the background. Stamp "3" shows the train with the Marumbi Group (1'542 m) and stamps "2" and "4" show the train crossing the Ponte São João bridge (located 25°26'32.73"S 48°56'10.07"W). Depicted is the new restored and reinforced iron bridge. In the early morning of the day July 19, 2004 the old bridge, inaugurated on June 26 1884, was seriously damaged by a train.  About 30 wagons have fallen on the Rio São João and the cargo of soybeans, corn and sugar that was being transported on the river spread, contaminating a large part of the river bed.

 

 

 

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