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Old November 4th, 2015, 04:46 PM   #21
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Old November 5th, 2015, 02:20 AM   #22
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Tanzania-Zambia railway set to get $2.8 mln lifeline

Oct 21 Tanzania will pay 6 billion shillings ($2.71 million) to bail out the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), a railway firm that connects Africa's two biggest copper producers to Tanzania's Indian Ocean port, a company spokesman said.

The loss-making railway line is a key route for copper exports through the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam from Zambia and Africa's biggest producer, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

But it sometimes struggles to pay its workers, prompting strikes, and it has been hit by a slump in cargo and passenger traffic and undercapitalization over the past decade.

"The government of Tanzania has promised to release 6 billion shillings in the coming two weeks to bail out the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA)," spokesman Conrad Simuchile said in a statement.

At its peak between 2004 and 2008, TAZARA transported some 120,000 tonnes of copper every six months. TAZARA's freight volumes plunged to less than 90,000 metric tonnes in 2014/15, compared to about 630,000 metric tonnes in 2004/05. ($1 = 2,212.0000 Tanzanian shillings) (Reporting by Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala; Editing by Edith Honan/Mark Heinrich)

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Old May 19th, 2016, 02:46 PM   #23
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Tazara railway line to be refurbished for cargo transportation

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Tanzania and Zambia are making plans to revive the TAZARA railway, which covers thousands of kilometers in Eastern and Southern Africa, and was once was the key export route for Zambia's copper ore. The line was originally built with Chinese help in the 1970s, but over the years it has fallen into disrepair.
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 08:47 PM   #24
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Chinese agree $US 7.6bn loan for new Tanzanian line

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php...nian-line.html

CHINA Export-Import (Exim) Bank has agreed to provide Tanzania with a $US 7.6bn loan to build around 2200km of new standard-gauge railway linking Dar es Salaam with cities in central and western Tanzania.

The loan was agreed on July 20 following talks in the capital Dodoma between the Tanzanian president Dr John Beer Magufuli and the president of Exim Bank Mr Liu Liang. Magufuli assured Liu that construction will start during the current financial year using Shillings 1000bn ($US 457m) of local funds which have been allocated to the project in the state budget.

The new railway will run west from Dar es Salaam via Dodoma to Tabora and Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika. There will be a branch running north from Tabora via Isaac to the port of Mwanza on Lake Victoria, and a line from Isaac via Keza to Musongati in neighbouring Burundi. There will also be a branch running southwest from Tabora via Mpanda to Kalemela.

The standard-gauge railway would broadly follow the same route as the existing metre-gauge railway operated by Tanzania Railways Corporation which links Dar es Salaam with Tabora, Kigoma and Mwanza.
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Old September 23rd, 2016, 01:53 AM   #25
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CHINA Export-Import (Exim) Bank has agreed to provide Tanzania with a $US 7.6bn loan to build around 2200km of new standard-gauge railway linking Dar es Salaam with cities in central and western Tanzania.

The loan was agreed on July 20 following talks in the capital Dodoma between the Tanzanian president Dr John Beer Magufuli and the president of Exim Bank Mr Liu Liang. Magufuli assured Liu that construction will start during the current financial year using Shillings 1000bn ($US 457m) of local funds which have been allocated to the project in the state budget.

The new railway will run west from Dar es Salaam via Dodoma to Tabora and Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika. There will be a branch running north from Tabora via Isaac to the port of Mwanza on Lake Victoria, and a line from Isaac via Keza to Musongati in neighbouring Burundi. There will also be a branch running southwest from Tabora via Mpanda to Kalemela.

The standard-gauge railway would broadly follow the same route as the existing metre-gauge railway operated by Tanzania Railways Corporation which links Dar es Salaam with Tabora, Kigoma and Mwanza.
Our president is called Dr. John Pombe Magufuli

There is a place called Isaac, not Isaka. Hilarious news :-)
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Imagine the hilarity if he had been called Dr John Deere Magufuli.
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There is a place called Isaac, not Isaka. Hilarious news :-)
Let's see if they correct it if I mention this in their comment section....
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Tanzania, Zambia presidents agree to open up railway management to foreigners



The presidents of Zambia and Tanzania are opening up the management of their famous railway to foreign applicants in an attempt to restore it to its former glory. Tanzania's President John Magufuli says both countries are placing economics above politics to make the Tanzania-Zambia Railway the main route for exporting Zambia's copper. Dan Ashby reports.
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Old December 2nd, 2016, 02:01 PM   #29
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The presidents of Zambia and Tanzania are opening up the management of their famous railway to foreign applicants in an attempt to restore it to its former glory. Tanzania's President John Magufuli says both countries are placing economics above politics to make the Tanzania-Zambia Railway the main route for exporting Zambia's copper. Dan Ashby reports.
This seems shorter than Tazara, what does the future hold for Tazara ?

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ZAMBIA: The Ministry of Transport & Communications has awarded China Civil Engineering Construction Corp a US$2·26bn four-year contract to design and build the Zambia East Line, which would run for 388·8 km from Serenje on the Zambian Railways network to Petauke and Chipata.

Chipata is the terminus of an existing 1067 mm gauge line from Malawi which offers onward links to Mozambique. Construction of the Zambia East Line would create a 1 500 km corridor from Kapiri Mposhi to the Indian Ocean at Nacala.

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Old November 11th, 2017, 12:06 PM   #31
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It appears that Progress Rail dumped 13 South African built GT38LC-3 on the wharf in Dar to embarrass the local political class

Part of an order for 26, 13 delivered in 2015, but TRL welshed on accepting the second tranche

Local press is running with the governments line of total ignorance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBLw__UVu5k
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“President Magufuli today, placing the foundation stone in the expansion project of the Dar es Salaam Harbor, is surprised to find 13 trails being trapped on the shoreline are not known. "There are 13 train heads have been trapped here but who are not known who they are, they are also said to be poor and TRL have”

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Old January 16th, 2018, 08:32 PM   #32
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There's been a lot of change since the last time this thread was updated, so I'm going to add in some in-fill news posts and updates periodically from the past few months.

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DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Tanzania has awarded a $1.92 billion contract to a Turkish firm to construct a 422-km (262-mile) high-speed electric railway line, part of plans to overhaul ageing transport infrastructure.

The firm, Yapi Merkezi Insaat VE Sanayi As, will design and construct the railway line, the second infrastructure project won by the company in Tanzania this year.

“After assessment of the bids, Yapi Merkezi met the technical and financial requirements,” Tanzanian state-run railway firm Reli Assets Holding Company Ltd (RAHCO) said in a statement on Friday.

Fifteen contractors submitted bids for the project.

The new standard gauge railway will replace the existing narrow gauge line built over a century ago.

The line, from Morogoro to Makutupora, both in central Tanzania, will have the capacity to transport 17 million tonnes of cargo each year, RAHCO said.

In February, Tanzania signed a deal worth $1.215 billion with a consortium of the Turkish firm and Portugal’s Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construção África, S.A. to build another 300-km railway line.

RAHCO said it would award three additional tenders over the coming months for the construction of close to 700 km of railway.

Government officials said Chinese companies were vying with Turkish firms to be awarded tenders for construction of other sections of the railway line.

Tanzania wants to profit from its long coastline and upgrade its rickety railways and roads to serve the growing economies in east and central Africa.

In total, it wants to spend $14.2 billion over the next five years to build a 2,561 km standard gauge railway network connecting its main Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam to its hinterland.

The port’s vast hinterland loops in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. (Reporting by Fumbuka Ng‘wanakilala; Editing by Elias Biryabarema and Mark Potter)
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Besides this, there has already been earthworks underway to rehabilitate the train route from Dar Es Salaam to Morogoro. Some of them could be seen in the video below:

(new train TZ, Dar-Dodoma in just two hours)



And on some places along the route, such as town of Soga, workers camps are already under construction.

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Tanzania is also undertaking works to rehabilitate the rail lines between Tanga-Arusha and Isaka-Mwanza. Currently, trains utilizing the route traveled in subpar speeds due to running on 100-year old rails. With track and signaling rehabilitation, trains can speed up from the current 30-40 km/hour to 120 km/hour.

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UPGRADING AF TANGA-ARUSHA AND ISAKA-MWANZA RAILWAY LINES, TANZANIA



Tanga-Arusha and Isaka-Mwanza railway lines shown as blue-black dotted lines

The modernization of two existing railway sections in Tanzania will contribute significantly to developing the country's future transport infrastructure

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The affected sections include the railway sections Tanga-Arusha and Isaka-Mwanza which constitute a total length of 700 km.

Together with the link between Arusha and Musoma at the Lake Victoria, which is being studied by another consultant, the Tanga-Arusha section is a vital link between the Indian Ocean and the Lake Victoria - a link which facilitates import and export from Uganda to get easy access to the Indian Ocean.

Source: http://www.cowi.com/menu/project/rai...-railway-lines

And as of the end of November, works have started on the Tanga-Arusha section.

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Here's another video highlighting the works that are taking place to rehabilitate the Tanga-Arusha rail line.

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