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Maria Fumaça Steam train
At the same train station where thousands of immigrants arrived in São Paulo, we can still hear the whistle of an old steam train. This sound announces the arrival of an authentic steam train, from 1922, which still rides the tracks of the Mooca and Brás neighborhoods making tourist trips that bring back part of the city’s history. The tours, which are held by the Brazilian Association for the Preservation of Railways (ABPF), can be scheduled for groups on weekdays and for the walk-in public on the first weekend of the month.
For over 90 years the Bras Immigrant Hostelry, which currently houses the Immigration Museum, received people from every region of Brazil and from several foreign countries. After arriving at the Santos Port, many migrants and immigrants would take a train to the Bras Immigrant Hostelry. The railway station that connected Santos to the Hostelry belonged to the São Paulo Railway Company, which linked Santos to Jundiaí and was responsible for transporting immigrants and coffee.
To recreate the experiences of the people who used to take this route, the Maria-Fumaça tours are conducted by guides who, in addition to telling some of the steam train’s history, also simulate some of the common practices of old train journeys. Passengers are made to feel like they are in the last century, during the three-kilometer, 25-minute journey between Mooca and Brás stations.
Passengers can choose between travelling in a 1950s or 1928 train car. Both cars have been overhauled at the ABPF Restoration Workshop, which restores trains while maintaining their original characteristics, such as wood type, color, dimensions and assembly. The restored equipment is exhibited at Pátio de São Paulo, which is close to the Alcântara Machado Viaduct, and can be seen during the Maria-Fumaça tour.
The train can be boarded at a platform at ABPF’s headquarters on weekends and bank holidays, except for the first weekend of the month, when the train departs from the Immigration Museum’s own railway station. Boarding takes place every hour, between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., depending on demand. From Tuesday to Friday Maria-Fumaça takes groups (minimum of 40 people) in tours combined with visits to the Museum. These trips must be scheduled in advance by email: visitas@Museudaimigracao.org.br or by telephone (11) 2692-1866.
Adults: R$30 to R$35
Students *: R$ 20
60 +: R$ 20
Children under 6: Free admission (must be carried by a responsible adult)
*To be eligible for a half-price ticket, students must present a “Student Identification Card (CIE)” issued in accordance with the standards set by UNE, UBES and ANPG, which include: full name, date of birth, photo, school year and name of the school. The card must be valid until March 31st of the year subsequent to its issue and digital certification. For more information, please access: https://www.documentodoestudante.com.br/novaleidameiaentrada.