Rail transport in Zambia

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Rail transport in Zambia is primarily provided by two companies:

Zambia Railways operates a number of rail lines, including the Mulobezi Railway; as of the early 2012, it was still in operation, but in poor repair.[1]

Railway links with adjacent countries

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ndola to Sakania then Lubumbashi - 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in), freight only. The current operating status of Chililabombwe-DR Congo link not known.
  • Tanzania Tanzania - from Kapiri Mposhi, border crossing at Nakonde, Zambia, to Dar es Salaam, TAZARA railway, passenger and freight - 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Malawi Malawi - Chipata-Mchinji link under construction in 2007
  • Mozambique Mozambique - no direct link, but indirectly to Beira and Maputo via Zimbabwe (no continuous passenger services).
  • Zimbabwe Zimbabwe - from Livingstone via the Victoria Falls Bridge to Bulawayo, freight only.
  • Botswana Botswana - no direct link, indirectly via Zimbabwe (no continuous passenger services).
  • Namibia Namibia - no direct link.
  • Angola Angola - no direct link - but indirectly via DR Congo to Benguela on the Benguela Railway - same gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in), but the Benguela Railway has not operated since the 1970s. Reconstruction of the Benguela railway is announced to be completed by the end of 2012; it is already operational from the coast up to Huambo. The Angolan transport ministry plans to build a line branching off the Benguela Railway at Luacano and entering Zambia from Macango[2]

See also



  1. Brian Hatyoka (2012-04-06), Zambia: Mulobezi Train - Sign of a Failed Concession Deal<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Details of lines to be rehabilitated and newly built at the web site of the Angolan transport ministry". Transportes.gv.ao. Retrieved 2012-03-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Robinson, Neil (2009). World Rail Atlas and Historical Summary. Volume 7: North, East and Central Africa. Barnsley, UK: World Rail Atlas Ltd. ISBN 978-954-92184-3-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>