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From Rail Journal:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.ph...way-reconstruction-completed.html?channel=542

Benguela Railway reconstruction completed
Wednesday, August 13, 2014



A CEREMONY was held in Angola on August 13 to mark the completion of a project to rebuild the 1344km Benguela Railway from Luau on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to Lobito on the Atlantic coast.

Services on the 1067mm-gauge line ceased during Angola's 26-year civil war, which ended in 2002, and the infrastructure was badly damaged during the conflict.

In 2007 work began on a $US 1.83bn reconstruction project, which was financed by the Chinese government and implemented by the 20th Bureau of China Railway Construction Corporation. Trains returned to the Huambo – Benguela section in 2011 and Huambo – Kuito reopened in 2012.

The project included the delivery of new locomotives and rolling stock supplied by Chinese manufacturers
 

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Train reconnects coast and interior of Angola on the road 30 hours


The inaugural train connecting two ends of Angola, coast and interior, is expected today in Luau, Moxico, after a 30 hour trip to go over 1,300 kilometers, carrying the first 250 passengers.





The journey of the train path-de-Ferro de Benguela (CFB), to the village on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), began already on Tuesday, with the departure of Lobito.


At issue is the construction and extension of a line with 1,344 miles long, the work completed in 2014 and was in charge of the company China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC).


This is a public enterprise but fully Chinese embodiment, from design to construction of the line and 67 stations and the supply of rolling stock, a transaction valued at 1.83 billion dollars (1.61 billion euros).


The final section of the CFB, between Luena and Luau (village on the eastern border), 334 kilometers and seven stations, was completed in 2014 and has been in testing so far, with the departure of the designated "inaugural train" linking the two extremes country, carrying dozens of guests.


The construction of this line started on March 1, 1903, during the Portuguese colonization, and was completed about 26 years later. However, the civil war that was recorded in the country led to the destruction of infrastructure, with the train to leave to get to the border in 1983.


The link between Lobito and Luena, capital of Moxico province, was restored in 2012, and the passenger now extended to the Luau.


Along this route, Chinese companies have built or rehabilitated still 107 stations and 35 bridges, using 100,000 local workers, according to information from the CRCC.


This line should ensure the annual transportation of 20 million tons of cargo and four million passengers.


Subsequently should also advance the rail links with the network of DR Congo, known a project in Zambia that will allow the interconnection with Mozambique.
Source in portuguese: http://www.sapo.pt/noticias/comboio-volta-a-ligar-litoral-e-interior-de_54dc762bb5e54b8d7a385b58
 

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Rehabilitation project of the entire rail network Angola (2007-2014)

Pehabilitation project of the entire rail network Angola a length of approximately 2700 km. Work began in 2007 and have expected date of completion for 2014. The network of railway, iron Angola is defined by three structural lines:

- Railway line of Benguela (between Lobito and the Luao, a total length of 1340 km);

- Railway line of Luanda (between Baia and Malange, a total length of 445 km);

- Railway line of Moçâmedes (between Namibe and Menongue, with a total length of 860 km).



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Train Luanda with over 10,000 passengers per day in 2015


The Luanda Railway (CFL) carried on average per day in the first half of 2015, more than 10,000 passengers and almost equivalent to the goods handled during the previous year.


The figures were released today in Luanda by the management of a public company to launch a book to mark the 127 years of the train in the Angolan capital, October 31, 1888, realizing transport in the first half of the year, 1,820 .760 passengers on all lines.


The CFL connecting the center of Luanda to Malange province in North of Angola, a route of 428 kilometers rehabilitated in 2011 by Chinese companies after the end of civil war.


Along the way, with specific changes to the current layout, 946,606 passengers were transported in 1973. This soared to 3,418,978 passengers in 2014, and may be exceeded again this year, compared to the first half data.


Already in the cargo movement, which was at the genesis of creation lead to Malange for over century to allow the export of local produce by sea (port of Luanda), it remains a far cry from the colonial era record.


In 1973 was 301,376 tons in 2014, already in recovery, it was on the 50 771 tonnes, while in the first half of this year has reached the 47,710 tons of cargo.


The CFL currently has 17 locomotives, 96 carriages and 204 wagons, but the minister of the Angolan Transport, present at today's ceremony, promised an investment in the modernization of that public company, professional training and the purchase of rolling stock to China, Europe and U.S.


"To meet the demand in the internal responsiveness. With higher capacity transportation and commercial speed", said the Angolan official.


Augusto da Silva Tomás said that the commitment of the Government in the rehabilitation of railway infrastructure destroyed by nearly thirty years of civil war was "right" in a logic of interaction with African regional rail networks and other types of transport, including maritime, using national ports .


"Angola will have in the future favorable conditions to become a major logistics platform. And the rail sector will play a key strategic role here," concluded the minister.
Source [in portuguese]: http://www.sapo.pt/noticias/comboios-de-luanda-com-mais-de-10-000_5633e6c08e2635dc1f82cc9f
 

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Train will have double line in Luanda and Centennial Museum


Doubling the railway line in the Angolan capital will proceed next year, a section of 36 kilometers from the city center, announced Lusa the president of the Luanda Railway (CFL).





According to Celso Rosa, the line duplication between Bungo stations (Luanda) and Baia, on the outskirts, it is one of the measures designed to competitiveness public company that provides rail transportation in the suburban area of ​​the capital and to the province Malange in northern interior.


"The works will soon begin early next year. If all goes well, by 2017 we will have a complete line, facilitating our performance in terms of train circulation, improving our suburban services," explained the chairman of the board of directors the CFL, ensuring that already are running the technical field surveys.


"Daily are made 27 frequencies in the commuter passenger service, which are conducted 41 crossings of trains on a single track stations, which urge its disposal to enable a substantial flow of rail traffic, thereby increasing the availability of the route to movement of goods, "says Celso Rosa.


In addition to the line doubling to Baia station, this point of the periphery will also move forward from 2016 the construction of a new line of 15 kilometers, to connect to the future international airport in Luanda, under construction in the municipality of Icolo and Bengo.


CFL on the investment plan is also provided for the construction of a training center for about 1,000 workers in the public company next to Catete station and four overpasses, through the Ministry of Transport.


In addition, the government plans to acquire and put in suburban service CFL ten diesel motor units already in 2016, also to rely on the increased traffic by adding the line to the new airport.


This acquisition, undisclosed, still require the construction of a new repair shop in Luanda.


The renewal of the rolling stock is identified as a priority for the administration, given the aging and vandalism and is currently composed of only five operating locomotives and 189 Chinese vehicles, including 87 cars and 45 carriages among others.


In addition to the suburban area, the CFL connecting the center of Luanda to Malange province in North of Angola, a distance of 428 kilometers built over a hundred years, the Portuguese colonial period, and rehabilitated in 2011 by Chinese companies after the end of civil war.


The train connection in Luanda was inaugurated exactly 127 years and we anticipate install too close to Catete station the capital of Railway Museum, with rolling stock and other historic equipment left over from the colonial period and that "escaped" to the destruction of war, now "scattered" over the line.


"We started this year to develop a project in the perspective we came to create a museum of railways, iron Luanda, where he will try to concentrate these valuable pieces for future generations and the general public can know what has been, is and may become the way railways of Luanda, "concluded Celso Rosa.
Source: http://www.sapo.pt/noticias/comboio-vai-ter-dupla-linha-em-luanda-e-museu_566405c72af6eb2e30f05ab3
 

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Benguela Railways Iron handled 27,000 tonnes of cargo this year





Railways, Benguela Railroad (CFB) turnover this year, "27,000 tons of cargo and transported 461,000 passengers."


The president of the CFB, José Carlos Gomes, also said that the movement of goods "represents an increase of 42.4% compared to the tonnage of 2014" - in the number of passengers compared to last year, "there was also an increase, in the case of 29.7% ", added José Carlos Gomes.


CFB links the port of Lobito to the border town of Luau, crossing the provinces of Benguela, Huambo, Bié and Moxico.


The line was completely rebuilt by China Railway Construction Corporation.
Source [in portuguese]: http://www.abola.pt/mundos/ver.aspx?id=589006 [/ url]
 

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Hello everyone;
I have found several news articles about the benguela railway in angola but does anyone know the current timetable for passenger trains from lobito to luau?
I have looked everywhere and i can find timetables for the other 2 lines but i cant find anything for the benguela railway?
Can i catch a train direct all the way from lobito to luau?
How long does it take?
What days and times does the service run?
Does the train run overnight?
Is there a restaurant carriage on the train?

I am planning a rail holiday to central angola so your quick help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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No it even looks narrow its Cape Gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in). Standard Gauge is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in).
That's why I thought. Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal-Mali ... are all buildings standard gauge for new railways. This is a little disappointed for Angola.

BTW there are few african countries which have 4 harbours connected to railway.
 

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That's why I thought. Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal-Mali ... are all buildings standard gauge for new railways. This is a little disappointed for Angola.

BTW there are few african countries which have 4 harbours connected to railway.
I know right every African country building a railway is doing standard gauge and since its Angola u'd expect sth different.

Cape Gauge is just for convenience cause southern Africa mostly uses that


  • Nigeria is switching to standard gauge, the rest of W Africa will follow because of that. Some sections of track are complete. Abuja-Kaduna may be more. There's the Lagos-Port Harcourt project which I think is U/C.

  • Kenya is switching to standard gauge from metre gauge, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and maybe Eastern DRC will follow. Because its a joint project between those countries. The line from Nairobi - Mombasa is U/C, its 70% complete and is Phase I of the project

  • Ethiopia is also switching to standard gauge, a lot of sections U/C. Another Kenyan rail line project will join up with Ethiopia's track in the future.

  • Gautrain is the only standard gauge in Southern Africa, so Angola has no track to link to.
 

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  • Gautrain is the only standard gauge in Southern Africa, so Angola has no track to link to.
Tanzania has also a standard gauge railway under construction but not to South.

I just found out the new SGR (Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati Railway Project) does have a project website: http://www.dikkmrail.com/

Interesting stuff on the website: Traffic Projections, FAQ

I guess this is for Isaka-Kigali Section (494 km):

http://www.dikkmrail.com/?p=112

Article from Railways Africa




http://issuu.com/railwaysafrica/docs/ra407_5-2015_final_web


http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/infrastructure/single-view/view/rwanda-announces-dikkm-railway-shortlist.html
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http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1451463&page=2

Yesterday I watched on tv a 45min reportage about Angola railways.

Lobito-Benguela-Cubal line wich is part of railway to Dar Es Salam.


 

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All countries in the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda) are converting/planning to convert to standard gauge.

But thing is with Tanzania is they are only rehabilitating lines they havent started converting track to SGR

The DIKKM project is still only at the proposal stage and only Kenya has began its portion. But the general plan is for all rail to be standard gauge in the EAC (East African Community).
 
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