Another Viúva Porcina ("Porcina Widow") locomotive of a Brazilian railroad, repeating the sad example already seen in Ferrovia do Aço. In its June 1989 issue, Revista Ferroviária announced that R.F.F.S.A. signed an agreement with C.A.F. - Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, from Spain, about the delivery of 12 electric locomotives to E.F. Santos a Jundiaí. Those machines, with Japanese design but to be built in Spain, were supposed to replace the old E.E. electric locos that were operating since the late forties in that railroad. They would be the most poweful locomotives ever to be supplied to Brazil, as they would had 6,000 HP. The note at the magazine also said that the study for replacement of the English Electric locos took five years to be completed. The preference for the Spanish locos was due to a generous financial offer from that country. The value of the contract was about US$ 60 million and the delivery of the first loco would occur in 21 months. However, something went wrong, as these locomotives were never seen in Brazil. Apparently the operation was not approved by the Brazilian Government and Senate, which, according to the note, would have the final word about this transaction. At that time privatization of the state companies, including R.F.F.S.A., was already in the horizon, and no one wanted to spend such big money in companies that were to be sold, as it really occurred seven years later. This was really a pity - it is interesting to remember that RENFE, the Spanish state railroad, also adopted the same E.E. electric locomotive model supplied to E.F. Santos a Jundiaí in the late fifties. Now it was the turn of E.F. Santos a Jundiaí to use a Spanish-designed electric loco! Well, better luck in the next time. The photo above shows the model of locomotive that was almost supplied to E.F. Santos a Jundiaí at the switchyards of the C.A.F. works, in Spain. This info and photo were extracted from the June 1989 issue of Revista Ferroviária.
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