After the 1928 Boavista fire ten new tramcars were acquired from Familleureux in Nivelles, Belgium. Delivered late in 1928, most entered service in the beginning of 1929. The bodies with large windows and without clerestory roofs are completely different from the American style, which was normally used in Portugal. The CCFP numbered the Belgas as 274-283. The first six were renumbered by the STCP into 284-289.

Belga tram CCFP no.279 on Praça da Liberdade, 22 September 1945. This tram was renumbered by the STCP to 289.

When introduced these cars worked mainly on the lines 1 and 2 with some services on the lines 5, 6 and 7. Since 1930 line 1 had most of the Belgas, with additional services on line 5 during the first half of the 1930‘s and on line 9 in later years. The STCP used them mainly on the lines 1 and 9. In 1947 CGE 68hp motors were fitted and then from 1949 these cars got 89 hp BTH motors. The STCP also equipped them with folding steps.

  • length 11.65 m
  • width 2.47 m
  • weight 16000 kg
  • bogies Familleureux
  • motors original 2 x 55 hp GE270, in 1947 CGE 2 x 68 hp, from 1949 replaced by BTH 114 DR 2 x 89 hp
  • controllers original GE 54, later replaced, most by Siemens K7731, but 281 and 288 by Kiepe NF51
  • seating 40 original, in the late 1950’s reduced to 32
STCPCCFPIn serviceWithdrawnRemark
2872771929In service
28827819291995Museum tram
Belga tram STCP no.289 on Avenida de Montevideu, 16 July 1971. (J.J. Buckley)
Belga tram STCP no.280 on Passeio Alegre in the Summer of 1994.
Belga tram STCP no.284 in Foz, 1992.
Belga tram STCP no.288 in Massarelos, Summer 1994.
Museum tram Belga no.288 during a special service at Passeio Alegre, 30 April 2005
The work space of the driver of Belga tram STCP no.288, 30 April 2005.


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