Commercial exploration of Luanda railroad begins Wednesday

14 January 2011

Luanda, Angola, 14 July – The first commercial journey of the express train of the Luanda railroad arrived Thursday in Malanje after a journey of around 10 hours over a 423-kilometre route.

The re-launch of commercial operation of the line began in Luanda carrying just over 200 passengers in seven carriages and arrived in Malanje with an hour’s delay due to “rain on the rails” according to the commercial advisor for the Caminho-de-Ferro de Luanda company, Aurélio Russo.

The Luanda/Malanje passenger train has not run for 18 years due to the civil war in Angola which only ended in 2002.

Malanje province is located in the northeast of Angola and its population mainly makes a living from farming livestock and crops.

The region is rich in natural landscapes and tourist areas, such as the Kalandula waterfalls and the black stones of Pungo-a- Ndongo and, at the Luando natural reserve, some examples of the Sable Antelope, an animal which is found exclusively in Angola. (macauhub)