Luanda/Ndalatando/Malanje railway, in Angola, to start operating again this year

1 July 2010

Luanda, Angola, 1 July – The Luanda/Ndalatando/Malange railway link, which is 479 kilometres long, will start operating again in November or December of this year, according to a statement issued Wednesday in Luanda by railway company, Caminhos-de-Ferro de Luanda (CFL).

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the statement said that on 10 July there would be an inspection trip to verify the state of the line, stations, communications and alternative energy, in order to assess the conditions for restarting commercial operations.

The document added that a number of technical and administrative procedures were being put in place for the train to link the three provinces once again as of November or December, at a minimum speed of 50 to 60 kilometres per hour.

Reconstruction of the Luanda/Ndalatando/Malange railroad, which began in 2005, made it possible to rebuild 600 hydraulic crossings, 16 stations and 40 bridges and pontoons, as well as clearing land and reducing inclines.

Recently, the board of CFL carried out an experimental trip between kilometre 30 (Luanda) and Dondo (Kwanza Norte) and visited the stations of Catete, Barraca do Zenza do Itombo and Dondo, built as part of the refurbishment and modernisation of the rail facilities destroyed during the civil war.

The Luanda railroad was inaugurated in 1909. (macauhub)