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:

The Dar es Salaam railway station, Central line, in the year 1973.

Maps[edit]

Towns served by rail[edit]

Tanzania Railways Corporation[edit]

( all 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge)

Central Line[edit]

  1. Dar es Salaam - ocean port - former national capital - 8 km from TAZARA line [1]
  2. Ruvu (75m) - junction to Tanga line
  3. Morogoro (510m) - junction to north
  4. Kilosa (572m) - junction going south to TAZARA
  5. Gulwe (680m)
  6. Igandu (985m)
  7. Dodoma (1148m) - The national capital
  8. Manyoni (1244m) - junction going north to Singida
  9. Itigi (1306m)
  10. Ikungu (1289m)
  11. Tabora (1212m) - junction going north to Mwanza
  12. Kaliua (1112m) - junction going south to Mpanda
  13. Kigoma (775m) - terminal and port on Lake Tanganyika

Kidatu Line[edit]

  1. (Not shown on map)
  2. Kilosa (572m) - junction
  3. 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]

  1. Tabora (1212m) - junction
  2. Bukene (1188m)
  3. Isaka (1197m) - 'dry port' and proposed junction for lines to Rwanda and Burundi
  4. Shinyanga (1126m)
  5. Mwanza (1209m) - inland port on Lake Victoria

Mpanda Line[edit]

  1. Kaliua (1112m) - junction
  2. Mpanda (1074m) - branch terminus

Singida Line[edit]

  1. Manyoni (1244m) - junction
  2. Issuna (1423m)
  3. Ikungi (1532m)
  4. Puma
  5. Singida (1122m) - branch terminus

Link Line[edit]

  1. Morogoro (510m) - junction with Central Line
  2. Ruvu (75m)
  3. Kitonga (65m)
  4. Sadani (1m)
  5. Hale (184m) - junction
  6. Korogwe (301m) - junction with Tanga Line

Tanga line[edit]

  1. Tanga (1m) - ocean port
  2. Korogwe (301m) - junction to south
  3. Mkomazi (485m)
  4. Same (897m)
  5. Moshi (990m) - junction to north and Kenya
  6. Arusha (1254m) - soda ash mining

Proposed extensions[edit]

  • September 2007
  1. Arusha (1254m)
  2. Musoma (1172m) on Lake Victoria.[3]

  1. Tanga
  2. Mwambani Bay

  • (1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) gauge)
  1. Tanga
  2. Singida
  3. Tanzania Mutukula, Tanzania

Standard Gauge[edit]

  1. Dar es Salaam [4]
  2. Ruvu - junction on old line only.
  3. Morogoro (205km) - stage one - work started in April 2017. [5]
  4. Dodoma - capital
  5. Makutupora - (336 km from previous station)
  6. Tabora - (294 km)
  7. Isaka - (133 km) - inland dry port
  8. Mwanza - (249 km) - port city on Lake Victoria
  9. Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika

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.[6]

Island of Unguja[edit]

A short 610 mm (2 ft) line lasted from 1879 to 1888.[7]

Mtwara (rebuilt)[edit]

  1. Mtwara (1 m) - port for groundnut scheme
  2. Lindi (1 m) - potential port [8]
  3. Nachingwea (380 m) groundnut scheme terminus
  4. Mchuchuma (____m) - coal
  5. Songea
  6. Liganga (1210 m) - iron ore

TAZARA Railway[edit]

The Makambako Station.
The Mbeya Station.

Formerly also called TanZam Railway.

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

  1. Dar es Salaam - ocean port - 8 km from TRC line [1]
  2. Mzenga (137 m)
  3. Kisaki (292 m)
  4. Kidatu (294 m) - break of gauge connection with Tanzania Railways Corporation, with a container trans-shipment facility to move freight containers between TAZARA and Tanzania Railways Corporation trains. on short branch.
  5. Mang'ula
  6. Kiberege
  7. Ifakara (192 m)
  8. Lwipa
  9. Mbingu
  10. Mngeta
  11. Chita
  12. Mlimba
  13. Makambako
  14. Chimala
  15. Mbeya (1661 m) - workshops
  16. Mbozi
  17. Vwawa (1274 m)
  18. Tanzania Tunduma, Tanzania (1301 m)

Rehabilitation[edit]

Gauge[edit]

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) railway gauge tracks.[11]

See also[edit]

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