Luanda Railway

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CFL Luanda Bungo - Malanje
New CfL station at Malanje
New CfL station at Malanje
Line length: 424 km
Track gauge: 1067 mm Cape gauge
0 Luanda Bungo) M
8 Luanda Musseques
22,5 Viana
36 Baía, Bengo
49 Hia
65 Catete
103 Barraca
Level crossing of N'Dalatando - Icolo e Bengo road
135 Zenza do Itombe
Branch to Dondo 55km
161 N'dalahui
185 Luinha
209 Canhoca
222 Queta
Branch line to Golungo Alto (out of service)
Bridge over N'Dalatando - Icolo e Bengo road
241 N'Dalatando
284 Lucala
Bridge over Lucala river
315 Quizenga
335 Cambunze
350 Cacuso
368 Matete
379 Zanga
400 Lombe
Level crossing in Malanje
424 Malanje
Proposed extension to Saurimo
Xá Muteba
951 Saurimo Connection with Transversal do Leste

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[edit]

Arrivals in Malanje on a Wednesday in August 2011

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.[1][2] 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;[3] in December 2010, container services commenced, serving a dry port near Viana,[4] and in January 2010 the first train reached Malanje.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Balance sheet of first year[edit]

to be detailed from[8]


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.[9] 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.[10]


to be detailed from[11]

See also[edit]