The name of Encruzilhada [Crossroads] is due to the fact that it was where the trains coming from Recife, Beberibe and Olinda whistled and crossed. In 1915, the trains were replaced by electric trams of Pernambuco Tramways.
The Transnordestina was planned due to the importance of railway transport for the sustainable economic, social and environmental development.
During the St John period, some diesel-powered trains at the Central Station were specially chartered to run the Recife-Caruaru route. Participants boarded the train very early and only returned at night.
In 1872, some English capitalists meet in London and created a company to build railroads in Brazil, the Great Western of Brazil Railway Company Limited, which became known in Brazil as ‘Greitueste’.
The story of the Madeira-Mamoré Railway (MMR) can be compared to adventure stories, as there are so many characters and plot twists involved. It all started in 1846 when the government of Bolivia considered the possibility of reaching the Atlantic Ocean via the Madeira and Mamoré rivers.