Several railroads, like E.F. Central do Brasil and Companhia Paulista, tried several times to create and maintain a regular truck rail service. In Companhia Paulista it was called AutoTrem. Unfortunately, all these trials did not last much long, due to lack of agility and logistical problems of the Brazilian railroads. During the early nineties R.F.F.S.A. tried to revival this service, creating a daily scheduled truck train readily nicknamed as Sula Miranda, after a famous country singer. Alas, many truck drivers are her fans!... That service was supressed some months later due to the bad conditions of the tracks. This photo shows this kind of train, hauled by a G.E. U20 diesel-electric locomotive. This photo was shot by Alex Elias Ibrahim, from São Paulo SP, during the early nineties.
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