Railways in Liberia
Railways in Liberia comprised two lines from the port of Monrovia in the northeast, and one line from the port of Buchanan in the centre. The principal traffic is, or was, iron ore. As of August 2010, only the Bong mine railway was operational.
Mano River Railway (1N)
The 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge Mano River railway primarily carried freight, but had a very limited passenger service between Monrovia, Mano River terminal, Brewerville, Klay, Tubmanburg, and Mano River Mine. These may now be disused.
Bong mine railway (2C)
Lamco Railway (3S)
The Lamco railway was originally built to take iron ore from Tokadeh to the port of Buchanan, for export. It fell into disuse and was damaged during the civil war, but has recently been rebuilt by Arcelor Mittal. This railway is/was 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) gauge.
In 2010, BSG Resources planned to build a cross-border line to export iron ore from mines near Simandou North (in Guinea) via the Liberian port of Didia. 51% of BSGR is now owned by Vale. This line parallels the Lamco Railway for a considerable distance.
In January 2006, there was an accident on the Bong Mines railway; a train travelling from the mine to Monrovia collided with a makeshift wooden trolley used by locals (known as a "Make-away"). Two were killed.
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