About the Museum
The Museu dos Transportes Públicos Gaetano Ferolla houses relics, such as the first tram to travel in Brazil - in Rio de Janeiro in 1859 and in São Paulo in 1872 - to the first trolleybus of national manufacture, produced in 1960. The collection includes seven vehicles, some 1,500 photos and 1,500 books, as well as furniture, objects and documents on the evolution of urban transport. Founded on the initiative of the former CMTC official, Gaetano Ferolla, and enriched by donations from collectors and institutions, the museum was inaugurated in 1985 and is currently maintained and administered by SPTrans. In the museum, the romantic image of the city of São Paulo of the nineteenth century, with its open trams drawn by animals, continues to be preserved. In the garden that receives visitors, benches and lamps represent the 1920's. There is a sand tram, whose job was to spread sand on rails to avoid overflowing vehicles carrying passengers.
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons: Reigarashi)