Benguela railroad in Angola expected to reach Zambian border in 2012

28 November 2011

Lobito, Angola, 28 Nov – Angola’s Benguela railroad is die to arrive at the Zambian border in 2012, the Angolan Transport Minister said in Lobito adding that it was necessary for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, “to do their work,” to have “links between the railroad networks.”

In his turn, the commercial director of Caminho de Ferro de Benguela, the company that manages the railroad line, Sunday in Luanda announced that a test journey would be made from Lobito to Cuito municipality, in Bié province in January of next year.

Carrying out a technical journey using a CFB engine to Cuito is part of the programme to expand the train’s route, the director told Angolan news agency Angop at the firm’s stand at the International Transport and Logistics Fair (Expotrans 2011).

The CFB train currently travels between Lobito and Huambo. Every Tuesday it travel from Lobito to Huambo and every Thursday it does the return journey from Huambo to Lobito.

Aquiles de Carvalho said that the company had been buying new equipment, using funding form the Transport, Economy and Finance Ministries, with a view to recovering its potential in terms of workshops and maintaining the line.

After being at a halt for 27 years due to the civil war, the Lobito-Huambo rail line was re-opened on 30 August last.

The Benguela Railroad begins at the port of Lobito (Benguela) and extends over 1,348 kilometres to the East, crossing the provinces of Huambo and Bié to Moxico province, at the border with Zambia. (macauhub)