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Maccaferri Iberia’s gabions used to protect and reopen a tourist railway in Portugal

Gabions Maccaferri

The project was developed and recently concluded in the last months in Vila Real

As part of a major project in Portugal regarding the Foz Tua Dam, located in Vila Real (Alijó), Maccaferri Iberia supplied its renowned gabions to protect train tracks of a busy tourist line, running along the Tua River.

Opened in 1887, this historically-significant railway was the first and longest of all the narrow gauge railways built to serve the area north of the River Douro. It was originally operated by Companhia Nacional de Caminhos de Ferro (CN) to be then managed from 1947 onwards, and until its closure in 2008, the line was operated by train company Comboios de Portugal. The railway was eventually closed due to the construction of the Foz Tua Dam, which would have submerged parts of the original path.

Following the decision to reopen the railway by the Portuguese authorities, a project was prepared to safely protect some sections of the nearby river by deploying gabion walls.

To this end, some 7,000m2 of gabions were used to provide protection from flooding and erosion to the platform.
This is another example of how gabions are flexible tools suitable for numerous challenging situations.

To learn more about our erosion or river control applications, please feel free to contact us!

For more technical details, download the project case history.

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