This is a very rare color photo showing the antological crossing of the tramway and Companhia Paulista lines in São Carlos. In the foreground there is a tramway of the Companhia Paulista de Eletricidade, while in the background one can see a passenger train headed by a V8 locomotive, already showing the blue-with-cream-stripes livery. Note that there's no overhead wire above the tramway line just in the crossing point of both lines. After all, the tramway were fed using a 600 volts DC line, while Companhia Paulista electrification used a 3000 volts DC line. At that point, the bow of the tramway was lowered and the car was fed by a special cable until it reached the other line of the crossing. This rare photo was shot by William Jansen, probably during the late fifties. This copy was courtesy of Allen Morrison, from New York, U.S.A.

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