The Tourist Streetcar ride offers a true voyage back in time via 40 points of historical and cultural interest. With departures from Valongo station – built in 1867 for the first railroad in São Paulo – the electric streetcars from the 19th and 20th centuries travel for 5km through the Historic Center for about 40 minutes, accompanied by a tour guide.
They are original vehicles, originating in Scotland, Portugal and Italy, making Santos the first Living Streetcar Museum in Latin America. Drivers and conductors wear replicas of the original uniform from the time when the streetcars were the city’s main means of transport.
Open Streetcar nº 32
Built in 1911, nº32 is the oldest electric streetcar in the country. It came from Scotland and the interior is decorated with advertisements from the 1950s, and there is a double running board, which, in the last century, made access easy for women in skirts and dresses. The nine bench seats and steps are original, and the embellished driver’s seat, entirely reworked, was restored after research through old photos. The vehicle can carry 45 passengers and joined the Tourist Streetcar fleet on August 14, 2012.
Closed street car nº 40
With original Scottish mechanics, the ‘shrimp streetcar’, no 40, is from 1911. Made from cabreuva wood, which is under threat of extinction, and hammered glass, it was redesigned in the 1950s, when its bodywork was modernized. Able to carry 28 passengers, it is decorated with advertisements from the time when streetcars circulated in Santos. Identical to those used in the city up to the 1970s, this streetcar can reach up to 50kph. The name ‘shrimp streetcar’ comes from the original color of the bodywork: red. It joined the tourist streetcar fleet on January 26, 2002 and, in June 2011, was transformed into the Whale Streetcar, in honor of Santos Football Club’s becoming three times champions of the Libertadores Cup. The inside was decorated with images of the titles in 1962, 1963 and 2011. It returned to service in September 2013 with its original silver and red paintwork and since April 2017 has been its current color, green.
Pelé streetcar (Portuguese 224)
Built at the end of the 1920s in Portugal, the streetcar began to circulate around the Historic Center in September, 2008. With its original interior and period light fittings, it can carry 23 passengers and since June, 2014 has operated as the Pelé Streetcar, in honor of the ‘greatest athlete of the 20th century’. The outside was painted in the graphite technique of local artist Leandro Shesko, who gives pride of place to a golden crown on the front of the vehicle. The crack’s famous number 10 shirt adorns the right side of the streetcar, and the left shows the legs of the king of football running after a ball. This work took 15 hours to complete.
This electric streetcar from 1958, donated by Turin City Hall (Italy), has been circulating in the city since September, 2010. Manufactured by FIAT and transformed into the Coffee Streetcar in January 2015, it is an authentic café on tracks – with a minibar, special furniture, cloakroom, multimedia system and elevator for wheelchair access. During the 45-minute trip, the 24 passengers receive information on the influence of coffee on the development of Santos and savor the drink itself, prepared with beans selected by the coffee Museum.
With internal décor inspired by concrete art, which takes us back to the 1930s and 1950s, when it was built and renovated, with 36 seats, mounted on an articulated platform, it is 20 meters long, boasts a kitchen with microwave oven, electric oven, and cooktop; air conditioning; bathroom and accessibility for passengers with special needs. The interior is inspired on the work’ Plano em Superfície Modulada’ (Planes in Modulated Surface) (nº 5 1957), by Lygia Clark. The vehicle was donated by Turin city Hall (Italy).
Trailer 38 (large)
Donated by the city of Votorantim (SP), no 38 is the second – and largest – trailer to circulate in the city. With a capacity for 42 passengers, it began operations in January 2016. It is actually an old open streetcar from the Brazilian Association of Railway Preservation, exhibited in Campos do Jordão (SP).
An old wagon pulled by animals, from 1871, it has been adapted to function as a trailer. With seating for 24, it has been part of the Tourist Streetcar Line since November, 2000.
Reservation procedures have changed due to Decree nº 7.842/2017. Consequently, from 24/08/2017, groups will be able to avail of two options:
1 – Groups wishing to reserve a streetcar for private use – in other words, the vehicle will be available on the day and at the time chosen exclusively for the group – must hire a streetcar, contacting CET directly, by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 – Another option is to reserve places via SISTUR. With this option, the groups will have their places reserved on the Tourist Streetcar Line, along with regular passengers. The group should arrive at the Pelé Museum ticket Office (Largo Marquês de Monte Alegre, 1, Valongo) 5 minutes before the time reserved. Non-appearance by the group within this deadline will mean automatic cancellation of the reservation.