Transport in Zambia

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Total: 2,164 km (1995)

Zambia Rail Network Map

Railtracker (ACIS/UNCTAD) Zambia Railway Network Diagram

Principal lines

Notable Branch lines

  • Maamba Colliery Railway, Choma to Masuka, built to carry coal.
  • The Mulobezi Railway (also known as Zambezi Sawmills Railway) is a narrow gauge line constructed to carry timber from Mulobezi to Livingstone. Has been reported at various times as defunct, currently listed in Railtracker (see 'Railway Network Map' below) but operating status not confirmed.
  • Mulungushi Commuter Line, later Njanji Commuter Line managed by ZRL, operated from 1991 to 1998 in Lusaka from the Chilenje-Libala to George townships (16 km); bids invited by the privatisiation board in September 2005 for re-opening it.

Railway links with adjacent countries

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo - yes, Ndola to Sakania then Lubumbashi - 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in), freight only. (For extensions and reconstruction beyond Lubumbashi see the DR Congo article). The current operating status of Chililabombwe-DR Congo link not known.
  • Tanzania Tanzania - yes, from Kapiri Mposhi, border crossing at Nakonde, Zambia, to Dar es Salaam, TAZARA railway, passenger and freight - 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Malawi Malawi - Chipata-Mchinji link under construction in 2007
  • Mozambique Mozambique - no direct link, but indirectly to Beira and Maputo via Zimbabwe (no continuous passenger services).
  • Zimbabwe Zimbabwe - yes, from Livingstone via the Victoria Falls Bridge to Bulawayo, freight only.
  • Botswana Botswana - no direct link, indirectly via Zimbabwe (no continuous passenger services).
  • Namibia Namibia - no direct link.
  • Angola Angola - no direct link - but indirectly via DR Congo to Benguela on the Benguela Railway - same gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in), but the Benguela Railway has not operated since the 1970s though there are plans to reconstruct it.

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