|CFL Luanda Bungo - Malanje
The Luanda Railway (sometimes called Angola Railway) is a 424 km single-track. Cape gauge railway line from the Angolan capital Luanda to Malanje for normal passenger and freight service. The line is operated by the state owned company Caminho de Ferro de Luanda E.P., short CFL EP.
The Angolan civil war left the railway non-operational. In 2005, a 350 million US Dollar rehabilitation project was launched with funding from the China International Fund. From its terminal at the Atlantic port of Luanda, the railway heads inland towards Eastern Angola, but ends halfway.
The project included the construction of 16 stations and 40 bridges. Attention to a number of drainage culverts and tree planting are among the few tasks yet to be implemented by the “China Ferrovia Group 20″ contractor.
Resumption of services
In 2010, a passenger service resumed between Luanda and Malanje; Angola's Deputy Minister of Transport, José João Kuvingwa suggested that full operation could resume in 2011. In July 2010, a twice-weekly freight service began, between Dondo and Luanda. In November 2010, CFL announced hourly passenger trains between Viana and Textang; in December 2010, container services commenced, serving a dry port near Viana, and in January 2010 the first train reached Malanje.
The big majority of trains works the suburban stretch from Luanda to Viana and further to Catete.
Regular services Luanda - Malanje started in January 2011. One train per day is working the line, either up, i.e. from Luanda to Malanje, or down in the opposite direction. The long distance trains start and end at Viana.
In Mid-July 2011, the CFL announced the introduction of electronic ticketing on an experimental basis for interprovincial journeys, beginning July 18.
Balance sheet of first year
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In 2011, 34 people died from overall 70 accidents on the suburban stretch between the Luanda, Viana and Icolo e Bengo municipalities, most of them in cases where cars or people tried to cross the line at illegal crossings, said CFL marketing director Francisco Henriques to Angop. After 18 years of interruption of railway traffic, there is a whole generation who has no experience at all with the difference of railway and automobile circulation.
On February 18, 2012, the rail line was interrupted for at least two days when a truck clashed with passenger train at a level crossing in the locality "Cabebeia", in município de Kambambe (provínce Kwanza Norte). The locomotive derailed completely, and also two railway cars were damaged.
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- "Railway Gazette: Angolan railway rehabilitation progress". Retrieved 2010-09-10.
- Railwaysafrica news
- "HOURLY TRAINS FOR CFL". Railways Africa. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
- "ANGOLAN RAILWAY SERVES DRY PORT". Railways Africa. 2010-12-12. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- "FIRST TRAIN ARRIVES AT MALANJE". Railways Africa. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- Interview with CFL CEO Lobo de Nascimento in the weekly "O Pais"
- "Jornal de Angola: Bilhete electrónico vigora no comboio". Retrieved 2011-07-18.
- Transporte de milhões de passageiros Article Jornal de Angola dated January 27, 2012
- Acidentes ferroviários causaram mais de 30 mortes em Luanda em 2011 Article in Angop portal February 17, 2012
- Colisão entre comboio e camião corta circulação ferroviária Luanda/Malanje Article in Angop portal February 18, 2012
- Caminhos-de-ferro de Luanda com preços baixos até 15 de Janeiro Angop article December 16, 2011