by Daniela Sztajnbok
Brazilian railroads have an extensive past that dates to the middle of the 19th century. Railroad construction was a key factor in the nation’s economic growth because it connected various areas and made it easier to move people and products. The Railroad is extensive, covering thousands of kilometers across the country. They are operated by both public and private entities and are used primarily for transporting bulk commodities such as iron ore, soybeans, and other agricultural products, as well as oil and industrial goods. Despite its size, the railroad network has faced some challenges with infrastructure maintenance and expansion. Some projects, regarding expansion and modernization, have been made but its progress has been slow.
However, the Railroad Industry brings us some cultural perspectives and backgrounds. Because the railroad facilitates the movement of goods and people, it has a significant role in integrating Brazilian citizens from different regions. It contributes to the cultural exchange among diverse communities.
Many historical railroad stations have been preserved as cultural heritage sites, which allows tourists and native Brazilians to have an insight and learn more about Brazil’s industrial and transportation system and how it has developed over the years. From a tourist and exchange perspective, railroads, such as the Serra Verde Express (that runs from Curitiba to Moretes in the Parana State of southwestern Brazil), offer travelers a different and unique perspective on Brazil’s landscapes and cultures.
Overall, we might not think that a railroad can have a huge impact on cultural exchange among Brazilians and tourists.