Luanda, Angola, 3 June – Angola’s Moçâmedes Railroad is to receive more locomotives and carriages for first, second and third class travel this year, which are due to start operating from the city of Lubango, Huila province, an official said Wednesday in Luanda.
Júlio Bango Joaquim, director of the Angola National Railroad Institute (INCFA), said that the railroad would also receive trucks for cargo trains, including container holders, fuel and water tanks, grain transport trucks and general cargo.
“Reconstruction work is quite advanced and, if all goes to plan, in 2011 the entire Moçâmedes Railroad will be operating,” he said, cited by Angolan news agency Angop.
On Tuesday in the city of Huíla, Júlio Joaquim announced that the railroad would have 56 stations of varied size and importance over the 907 kilometres of track running from the city of Namibe (formerly Moçâmedes) to Menongue, in the province of Kuando Kubango.
The director of INCFA also said that the Matyala/Dongo/Dongo Novo/Entroncamento section of the railroad has already had its tracks laid and trains are now able to travel along this section at a maximum speed of 80 kilometres per hour.
Between 1972 and 1973 the company transported 333,000 passengers and 4.9 million tons of general cargo.
The Southern Angola railroad region includes the provinces of Namibe, Huila, Kuando Kubango and Cunene.
The total refurbishment of the Moçâmedes railway line is in the hands of Indian company Rail India Technical and Economic Consultancy Services (RITES). (macauhub)