Railway stations in Tanzania

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Railways in Tanzania.
Red 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge.
Orange 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge.

Railway stations in Tanzania include:

Dar es Salaam railway station, Central line, 1973.


Towns served by rail[edit]

Tanzania Railways Corporation[edit]

( all 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge)

Central Line[edit]

Kidatu Line[edit]

  • (Not shown on map)
  • Kilosa (572m) - junction
  • Kidatu (294m) - branch terminus - also served with break of gauge by TAZARA, with a container trans-shipment facility to move freight containers between TAZARA and Tanzania Railways Corporation trains[2]

Mwanza Line[edit]

Mpanda Line[edit]

  • Kaliua (1112m) - junction
  • Mpanda (1074m) - branch terminus

Singida Line[edit]

Link Line[edit]

Tanga line[edit]

Proposed extensions[edit]

Mtwara Line (Southern Province Railway) - (defunct)[edit]

In 1949 a line was built to link the Tanganyika groundnut scheme plantations around Nachingwea with the port of Mtwara. The scheme famously foundered and the railway was abandoned in 1962. Proposals have been made for a new railway to link Mtwara to iron ore deposits in the west, perhaps linking via Songea to Liganga.[4]

Island of Unguja[edit]

A short 610 mm (2 ft) line lasted from 1879 to 1888.[5]

Mtwara (rebuilt)[edit]

TAZARA Railway[edit]

See also: TAZARA Railway
Makambako Station
Mbeya Station

Formerly also called TanZam Railway.

1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge to match Zambian/Southern African networks.



A triple gauge sleeper can handle the three main gauges found in Africa, including Tanzania: 1000 mm, 1067 mm and 1435 mm.

1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) and 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) are too close to allow 3-rail dual gauge; you have to have 4-rail dual gauge. But if you have 4-rail gauge, then you can include 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) gauge (standard gauge) at the cost of slightly longer sleepers.

Container port[edit]

The container port at Dar es Salaam is served by both 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) and 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge tracks.[9]

See also[edit]