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One of the goals of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is the development of an integrated railroad network.

Aims include the extension of railways in member countries, the interconnection of previously isolated railways and the standardisation of gauge, brakes, couplings, and other parameters.

Proposed lines[edit]

The first line would connect the cities and ports of Lagos, Cotonou, Lomé and Accra and would allow the largest container ships to focus on a smaller number of large ports, while efficiently serving a larger hinterland. This line connects 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge and 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge systems, which would require four rail dual gauge, which can also provide standard gauge.[1]

Gauge (railway)[edit]

Summary of different gauges:

  • 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) 4,472 km 42.7%
  • 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)     4,593 km 43.9%
  • 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) 1,409 km 13.5%



See also[edit]