A very rare color photo of the Santa Cruz, sleeper luxury train that served the route São Paulo-Rio de Janeiro, at the Paraíba do Sul river Valley. This train, composed of Budd stainless steel cars, is being pulled by a Biriba, ALCO FA1 diesel-electric locomotive showing the original livery of these machines, cherry-with-cream-stripe, supplied in the late forties. Original photo from a calendar, probably shot in the early fifties; this copy is from the José Pascon Rocha collection and courtesy of Marcello Tálamo, from São Paulo SP.
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© Antonio Augusto Gorni