This thread is about railways in Angola
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
Source [in portuguese]: http://www.sapo.pt/noticias/comboios-de-luanda-com-mais-de-10-000_5633e6c08e2635dc1f82cc9fTrain 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: http://www.sapo.pt/noticias/comboio-vai-ter-dupla-linha-em-luanda-e-museu_566405c72af6eb2e30f05ab3Train 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.
That's why I thought. Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal-Mali ... are all buildings standard gauge for new railways. This is a little disappointed for Angola.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).
I know right every African country building a railway is doing standard gauge and since its Angola u'd expect sth different.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.
Tanzania has also a standard gauge railway under construction but not to South.
- Gautrain is the only standard gauge in Southern Africa, so Angola has no track to link to.
::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):
Article from Railways Africa