Archive for the ‘Railways’ Category

There can be few places in the world riper than Angola for an exponential growth in tourism

February 4, 2012

Until a few years ago, Angola was off-limits to leisure visitors. There was no guidebook and reliable information for travellers was hard to come by. Tourist visas did not exist, decent hotels were rare and outrageously expensive and oil workers filled all the flights into Luanda. In the space of 3 or 4 years, much of this has changed. Although still not an easy destination, Angola remains off the mainstream tourist circuit but will reward visitors with miles of deserted beaches, an extraordinarily rich bird life and stunning examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. Read the rest of my article on the Angola -today website


Benguela railroad in Angola expected to reach Zambian border in 2012

December 2, 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.” More…..

Rail link re-established between Lobito and Benguela

September 21, 2011

A passenger and freight rail link has been re-established between Lobito and Benguela. The new 4 carriage long Chinese built trains carry 256 passengers. The cost of a ticket is 50 Kwanzas and there is a fine of 300 Kwanzas for those caught travelling without a ticket.

Initially there will be two trains daily, stopping at Catumbela, Negrão Damba-Maria and Universidade Jean Piaget stations.

The trains leave Benguela and Lobito stations at 0600 each day, arriving 65 minutes later. The return journey leaves each station at 1700.

Benguela railroad in Angola partially reopens after 27-year stoppage

September 4, 2011

At  the end of August, President dos Santos inaugurated the repaired train service linking Benguela, Lobito and Huambo. The rail service had been interrupted since 2002. Repairs began in 2006. In order to reach Luau in 2012 , a further 347kms of track will need to be repaired. Ticket and timetable details are not yet known but a ticket between Lobito and Benguela is understood to cost 30 Kwanzas compared to 150 Kwanzas travelling by taxi.




The Rise and Rise of Angola

July 10, 2011

Extraordinary economic growth is feeding into increasing political power with potentially significant implications for African geopolitics. More……

Comboio volta apitar no Huambo dentro de 60 dias

June 13, 2011

Huambo – O comboio do caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB), volta a apitar definitivamente na província do Huambo dentro de 60 dias, depois de 27 anos de paralisação, anunciou hoje, nesta cidade, o ministro dos Transportes, Augusto da Silva Tomás.

Augusto Tomás anunciou o facto no final da sua viagem de comboio vindo da província de Benguela, onde foi fiscalizar o grau de execução das obras realizadas ao longo da linha-férrea.

“Vamos trabalhar para completar tudo o que é necessário, corrigir o que se pode e criar condições para que dentro de 60 dias o mais tardar, o comboio volte a apitar no Huambo de forma definitiva e em Setembro possa chegar a província do Bié para devolver a

alegria a população desta região”, destacou.

O governante referiu que o país vive um ciclo de reconstrução, reconciliação e de paz, pois tudo o que no passado era um sonho começa a ser transformado em realidade.

Afirmou que as obras foram acompanhadas pela fiscalização, seguiram as regras estabelecidas internacionalmente e os prazos foram na medida do possível respeitados.

“Chegou o momento do povo angolano em particular o das províncias do Huambo, Bié e Moxico voltarem a sorrir como no passado”.

Por seu turno, o governador da província do Huambo, Fernando Faustino Muteka, lançou um repto aos homens de negócios pois que, com o comboio a funcionar haverá maior facilidade de movimentação das mercadorias e a qualidade de vida da população vai melhorar.

Faustino Muteka destacou que, o reinício da circulação do comboio vai permitir a criação de novos postos de trabalho, a chegada da mercadoria de forma segura ao mesmo tempo que vai contribuir para o ressurgimento do sector industrial numa altura que está em fase de conclusão a barragem hidroeléctrica do Ngove.

A chegada do comboio experimental a estação da cidade do Huambo foi testemunhada por milhares de cidadãos, membros do executivo local, representantes de partidos políticos e entidades religiosas.


Changes to the Luanda/Malanje train timetable

February 2, 2011

CFL (Caminho de Ferro de Luanda) has announced changes to the timetable for passenger trains between Luanda and Malanje. The new timetable has trains leaving Viana station at 0500 on Mondays (Express service), Wednesdays (stopping service) and Fridays (Express service). Trains leave Malanje at 0730 for the return journey on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. No trains will run on Saturdays.

The Express service will have stops of 20 minutes in N’dalatando and 10 minute stops in Lucala, Cacuso and Lombe.

Tickets are available for sale in Muceques, Viana, N’dalatando and Malanje stations.  Tickets for the stopping service cost 1500 Kwanzas.  Express tickets are 2000 or 7000 for first class.

As the train service is so new, please check the latest times with CFL before planning your journey

Brilliant news: The Luanda/Malanje railway is now back in operation

January 13, 2011

The Luanda (Viana) / Ndalatando/ Malanje train route has reopened after an interval of over 18 years. The trains are brand-new Chinese built locos. The carriages are equipped with an entertainment system, restaurant and on-board police.

 There are two services – Comboio Expresso or Comboio Inter-Estações.

The Expresso service leaves Viana station at 0500 every Tuesday and Thursday and arrives in Malanje 423Kms away some 9 or 10 hours later. The only stop is at Ndalatando for 30 minutes. The service returns from Malanje to Viana every Wednesday and Saturday leaving at 07:30. Tickets cost 2000 Kwanzas and include 40kgs of hand baggage, breakfast and a copy of the Jornal de Angola. The Expresso can carry 329 passengers.

 The Comboio Inter-Estações runs a once a week service stopping at all stations for 10 minutes. Viana to Malanje is on Saturdays, leaving at 0500 and the return journey is on Sundays leaving at 07:30 Journey time to Malanje will be at least 12 hours and costs 1500 Kwanzas. The price includes 40 kgs of hand baggage and breakfast. This train has a capacity of 466 passengers.

All passengers for both services are required to arrive two hours before the departure time. Tickets are put on sale two days in advance and are available from Viana, Musseques, N’Dalatando and Malanje railway stations. ID must be shown in order to purchase tickets. Tickets must be bought in advance as they cannot be bought on the train. Tickets are valid for specified trains and are not refundable in the event of the passenger not travelling. Passengers found on the train without tickets will be asked to pay a fine and are liable to be put off at the next stop and handed into the police.

Hand baggage above 40kgs is charged at 20 Kwanzas per kilo. Accompanied baggage must be delivered one day before travelling and the price is 10 Kwanzas per kilo up to 500 kg.

 The information above has been gleaned from various press reports so travellers are advised to check all the details before making arrangements to travel by train.

Luanda/Malanje train line to begin regular service in January

December 28, 2010

A trip on the newly refurbished Luanda/Malanje railway which opens its passenger service on 13 January 2011 will cost 1000 Kwanzas or 2000 Kwanzas for the Expresso Service. The service can carry 400 passengers. The railway line had been closed for 18 years due to the armed conflict and a Chinese company has just completed renovating 424 km of track and building 20 new stations.


Malange sobre carris

December 6, 2010

E, de repente, o tempo de espera se esfuma. O comboio chegou a Malange, o CFL tem agora o seu percurso completo.

Está aberta a via férrea que marcará o incremento nas idas e vindas entre Luanda e Malange. Gentes e mercadorias com alternativas aos autocarros, camiões e táxis. E que alternativa! Com o comboio serão toneladas de mercadorias a transitar para um e outro lado, serão centenas de pessoas de cada vez. Leia mais…..

Why is China restoring a British railway in Angola?

September 23, 2010
Justin Rowlatt boards the Benguela Railway. Listen to his broadcast on the BBC radio progrramme From our own Correspondent

Angola’s railways back on track

September 17, 2010

Louise Redvers. BBC News

After decades out of use, Angola’s war-shattered railways are coming back to life with new trains, tracks and stations. The first section to open fully will be the 424km (263 miles) Luanda to Malange route, taking people and freight from the capital up into Angola’s agriculture-rich central north-eastern region. Already operating a peak-hour 30km (19-mile) commuter service between central Luanda and its eastern suburbs, the trains will soon be running the full length of the railway, linking previously isolated rural communities with provincial capitals. Full report……..

Train returns to Dondo district after seven years

July 17, 2010

Dondo – The railway circulation between Luanda and Dondo district, in Kwanza Norte province, resumed its normal functioning, after seven years, with the arrival of train in the region, located 181 kilometres off the Angolan capital city. 
In the first journey, the train arrived in Dondo being driven by six technicians (five Angolans and one Chinese assistant), carrying four commodities wagons and six fuel reservoirs, with a delegation led by the Luanda Railways’ chairperson of the board of directors, Lobo do Nascimento.

Several people gathered in Dondo station to see the train arriving, once that they stayed long time waiting for this moment, because of the advantages offered by this transport.

On the occasion, welcoming words were heard from the traditional authority of the region, Manuel António “Kissola”, who stressed the importance it has on permitting to carry the products.

 Initially, only commodities will be carried twice per week, in order to allow to compact the railroad, then it will be opened to passengers, according to what was said by the commercial director of the company, Aurélio Russo.

 Through this initiative, it is opened the possibility to rent wagons by collective or singular people by paying 80,436 kwanzas per a wagon of 44 tones.  With the train circulation, Kambambe district will regain its economic importance.

 The Luanda/Dondo train stopped circulating in 2003 due to an accident in the kilometre 21, in Zenza-do-Itombe (54 kilometres off Dondo).

Source : Angop