Passenger trains return to Angolan capital after a decade’s absence

18 May 2007

Luanda, Angola, 18 May – Passenger trains have retuned to service in the suburbs of Luanda for the first time in 10 years, linking the city of Viana to the Rangel district of the capital, media have reported.

Two trains departed at the same time from either end of the line Thursday and covered the 14-kilometer journey in around 50 minutes. Buses carried passengers to the center of Luanda from the Musseques station in Rangel.

Tickets for the commuter trip are priced at the equivalent of 0.30 euros and the service is operated by four-carriage trains built in China. The line was modernized using credit granted by Beijing.

The Luanda Railway Company (CFL), created in 1909, had 479 kilometers of track in its colonial heyday but fell into disuse during Angola’s long civil war, which ended five years ago.

CFL has two locomotives working the Viana-Rangel route and plans to open two long-distance and six suburban services in the near future. (macauhub)