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04.10.18 Parth of the Month | Ophthalmic Light Chart

The Snellen scale or Snellen's optometric scale is a diagram used to assess visual acuity. The table is named in honor of the dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen, who developed it in 1862.

There are two versions: the traditional one, with letters, and the one used for illiterate people, that is constituted of the letter "E" with variation of rotation like "ш", in which the person is asked to indicate which side the letter it is.

The Carris Health Service

The first steps towards the creation of what was to become "The CARRIS health service" date back to 1878.

According to the Management Report of 1878:

"The Board is of the opinion that the fines imposed (for Traffic personnel) and all employees (subject to the Car Traffic Regulation), in the future constituted a special fund with exclusive application for relief to employees of the Company that are unable to work for it, temporarily or permanently. "
This proposal was approved at the General Shareholders' Meeting of February 1879. The Company's Health Service was created, which, over the years, has accompanied all its cash through medical stations installed in all the Stations.

11.09.18 CARRIS Museum Closed | 15th september

On 15th of September (Saturday) CARRIS' Museum will be closed.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

11.09.18 PARTH OF THE MONTH | Bus 217

Bus n. º 217 began service in 1952 having been taken out of circulation in 1982. Representative of the first double deck buses used by the Carris Company it was recuperated according to its design when it began service.

The buses  began in the 1940s; together with the tram cars this phase continues to this day.

The bus service was officially inaugurated on 9 April 1944, with six vehicles, whose first service, even before the inauguration, was to reinforce the tram service for the Exhibition  of the Portuguese World in Belém.


27.08.18 Parth of the month | Mimic panel Network Map

Mimic panel Network Map

The Network Map was displayed and made avaible to METRO passangers from 1972 at the Praça da Figueira exit lobby of Rossio station. 
The costumer pressed the buttons corresponding to the departure and arrival stations and a series of lights iluminated the rout on the map. 
The piece belongs to METRO but can be seen and experienced in the museological path of the CARRIS’s Museum in the first spaces.

29.07.18 Parth of the month | Ladder and Hosepipe Truck

Ladder and Hosepipe Truck

Moved by human traction, it had a wooden body and iron wheels and was built in the company’s workshops in 1937. 
You can find this piece at the second part of the Museum surrounded by other equipment of the Fire Network. 

The fire service was created in 1924 with the aim of preventing and fighting fires at CARRIS facilities. 
For this purpose it had a Fire Network, armed with bombs, fire extinguishers, boxes and buckets of sand, stairs and hose cars and, since the 1940s, a Network of Sprinklers.

16.07.18 Carris Museum closed | 21th July

On 20th of July (Friday) CARRIS' Museum will be closed.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.


25.06.18 Carris Museum closed | 28nd June

On 28nd of June (Thursday) CARRIS' Museum will be closed.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

20.06.18 Carris Museum closed | 21st - 22nd June

On 21st - 22nd of June (Thursday and Friday) CARRIS' Museum will be closed.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.




14.05.18 14th - 21st May | Changes on CARRIS' Museum visits

CARRIS' Museum is pleased to inform that from the 17th to the 21st may the Second Part of the Museum is hosting a Contemporary Art Fair - JustLx. 

For more information about the prices and schedules follow the link: 
For this reason the Second Part is restricted to those who buy tickets.

The First and Third Part of the Museum are opened in regular function and can be visit for free.


07.05.18 PARTH OF THE MONTH | Tramcar 506

Tramcar 506

Tram car n.º506 was built in the Carris workshops and began service on the 14th of May, 1953 probably using equipment of a tramcar with
the same number, which had since been withdrawn after having started service in 1914.
The platforms have a trapezoidal shape and it maintains the front pneumatic door and the back with an iron extensible door.
Withdrawn from service in 1985.

Chassis J.G. Brill Company, 22E Type
Body C.C.F.L.
Length 8,467 m
Width 2,378 m
N.º of Wheels 4
N.º of Engines 2 – G.E.C. 59 Type
Controller DB1 K3
Tare 9,585 Kg
Seats 10 places of 2 seats and 2 of 3 seats
Brakes Manual and air to the wheels, electromagnetic to the rail and inversion on the engines
Capacity 26 seated places, 3 standing on the front platform and 15 in the rear

09.04.18 PARTH OF THE MONTH | Driving Simulator | Cabin from ML 79

Driving Simulator | Cabin from ML 79

A driving simulador cabin from the ML 79. Rolling stock used for in-house drivers’ training from 1994 to 2002.

The ML79 trains began to circulate in 1984 as a new generation of rollingstock constructed by SOREFAME.
The box was made by stainless steel, partially painted, front in polyester reinforced by glass fiber and a panoramic formation.
They were faster,lighter, more confortable and considerably safer.

26.03.18 Space 1 of Carris' Museum | reopened

On Tuesday 10th April, the Space 1 of CARRIS' Museum reopens to the public. 

Update: 09-04-2018

The Space 1 of CARRIS' Museum will be temporarily closed due to unexpected works.

It is possible to visit all the other spaces inside the Museum, including those where you can find the trams and buses from the Museum collection.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

14.03.18 Carris Museum closed | 19th - 23th March

From 19th - 23th (Monday to Friday) CARRIS' Museum will be closed.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

07.03.18 PARTH OF THE MONTH | Bells of Santo Amaro and Amoreiras Depots

Bells of Santo Amaro and Amoreiras Depots

The bells were use to announce the beginning and the end of work periods to the factory personnel. 
The bells are made of painted wood and bronze. The largest was at St.Amaro Depot and was made by José de Oliveira in 1909. 

1874 - Depots
The success of the network expansion, the fleet growth and the increasing number of traction animals, led to the need for new permanent premises. In 1874 they purchased a property that belonged to the ‘Condes da Ponte’ and it was possible to build ‘Santo Amaro’ Depot.
Image 1 - Bell at St.Amaro’s Depot.

07.02.18 PARTH OF THE MONTH | Miniature of Articulated Tram

Miniature of Articulated Tram

Model of articulated tram in service built in the Carris Company’s workshops by António Ribeiro in 1995. This piece belongs to the Carris Museum and it’s displayed at the first part of the museum. 

The articulated trams initiated service in March of 1995. 
10 vehicles, with double articulation, that could speed to 70 kilometers per hour. 
The goal was to carry about 2.000 to 10.000 passangers per hour.

Technical characteristics of the Articulated Trams:
Fleet Number: 501 a 510
Year of manufacture: 1994-1995
Length: 24.020
Width: 2.400
Height: 3.430
Maximum Capacity: 201 (65 seated e 135 standing)
Gauge: 900/590
Traction Motors: Siemens 1TB1616 – Assíncr
Corrent Capture: Pantograph - Stemmann

04.01.18 PARTH OF THE MONTH | Snare drum or box

Snare drum or box

Included in the battery is used in parades to mark the step. His role in the band was to produce percussion sounds. There is no known date of purchase by the Band.

Founded in 1929 the Carris’ Employees Music Band is an association with cultural and social goals and is financially independent. It is made up of a Music Band, a Music school, by a Choral Group and by a Light Orchestra.
They have had 1500 public recitals and have made 5 CDs. This room was inaugurated on the 1st of April 2004 when it celebrated its 75th year of existence.

28.12.17 Carris Museum closed | 2nd January

On 12nd January (Tuesday) CARRIS' Museum will be closed.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.