The Campos do Jordão Railroad (EFCJ) came up with a commercial interest, encouraged by Emilio Ribas, who in the year of 1912 started the works of this enterprise that connected Vila Campos to Pindamonhangaba, by a 47km path.
Besides transporting patients with tuberculosis to sanatoriums existent in the city, specialised in the treatment of this disease, the railroad was responsible for fruit and vegetables transport, produced in Vale do Renópolis from materials from constructions of houses, hospitals and accommodations from the city that were cut by the railroad.
The Machinery, that, in the beginning, worked by steam, gave place to electric streetcars, with the system made by “The Enlish Electric Co.”, however, in 1924, due to financial problems, the Railroad ended up being covered up by the state of São Paulo’s Government.
The railroad, that until the 70’s, was one famous way to come to Campos do Jordão, started to give space to highways, however, would earn a new and charming function: touristic attraction, that annually takes millions of people to 4 different rides:
1- Touristic: (Emílio Ribas’ station – São Cristovão’ Station) – 8 km
2- Maria Fumaça: (Emílio Ribas’ Station – Abernéssia) – 4km
3- Campos do Jordão – Santo Antônio do Pinhal: (Emílio Ribas’ Station – Eugênio Lèfreve’ Station) – 19 km
4- Pindamonhangaba – Campos do Jordão: (Central Station – Emílio Ribas’ Station) – 47km – TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
During the route, the visitors can chef out the landscape of Campos do Jordão and region in an unique way, like it was coming back in time, admiring and knowing a few touristic points:
Reino das Águas Claras: The Park was created in 1972, located on km17 of the railroad, brings ceramic works from the artist Alarico Corrêa Leite, that configured the infant characters of Monteiro Lobato, born in Taubaté. The park counts on a bar, restaurant, barbecues and a total of 21 thousand square meters of green area.
Train Staion Eugênio Lèfreve: on km28 of the railroad is located the station Santo Antônio do Pinhal, where is placed the gazebo to see all the natural beauties of the Vale, next to the image of Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora, with 9.84 ft high and 3.28 ft large.
Ponte Culminante Ferroviário: at Parada Cacique, at 5718.50 ft high, the visitors are in the top of the ride, in a winding layout in shape of a snail, beat by simple adherence. At this point, considered the highest point of the railroad in Brazil, you can see Palácio Boa Vista and Pedra do Baú, belonging to São Bento do Sapucaí.
Parque do Capivari: located at the entrance of the touristic center of Vila Capivari, next to Emilio Ribas’ Station, the park covers up the first chair lift build in Brazil, in 1970, that take the tourists to the top of Morro do Elefante. In 1996, it was modernised with intern television circuit, sound communication, signalisation and infrared barrier for boarding and landing.
Time and tickets:
Touristic: Leaving each hour, beginning at 10h in the morning, except at 12h.
Maria Fumaça: On Holidays
Campos – Sto Antônio do Pinhal: 10h, 10h30, 13h30 and 14h25, getting out from Capivari (the times work out according to the quantity of people), lasts for about 2h30 (going and returning). Reservation by phone +55 (12) 3663-1531.
Pindamonhangaba – Campos do Jordão: 7h50 and 9h00 (according to the number of searches), returning at 16h and 16h30, arriving in Pindamonhangaba at 19h. Reservation by phone +55 (12) 3644-7408. We have parking lots reserved for the train clients.