The Info List - Beira Railway

The Beira Railroad Corporation
Beira Railroad Corporation
(CCFB) is a railway company formed by a lease from the Mozambique Ports and Railways
Mozambique Ports and Railways
(CFM) to the Indian Rites and Ircon International consortium to operate a railroad that originates from the port of Beira, Mozambique
Beira, Mozambique
as a terminal. The 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) Cape gauge
Cape gauge
Beira line is important as it provides port access for landlocked states such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Katanga Province.


1 History

1.1 Gallery

2 Routes 3 War damage 4 Reconstruction 5 See also 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

History[edit] Originally the Beira railroad already established a connection to Salisbury, now Harare, in 1899 and had been a link in the rail system of southern Africa. Building of the Beira railway started in 1892,[1] during the Portuguese rule of the territory of Mozambique. First, a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway was constructed from Beira to the border city Mutare
(Umtali) in Zimbabwe, in total 222 miles[2] long and opened on 4 February, 1898.[1] In 1893 work started in Vryburg, Cape Province, South Africa, to construct a 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) Cape gauge railway to the north, later to be connected to the Beira Railway. In 1898 a 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) Cape gauge
Cape gauge
line from Salisbury to Mutare
was opened, with subsequent conversion of the connecting 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge stretch to Beira in 1900. In 1905 the railway was completed after opening of the Victoria Falls Bridge at the border of Zambia. The 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge locomotives were later acquired by the South African Railways[3] to be designated to SAR Class NG6. Gallery[edit] Nineteenth century 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge steam locomotives of the Beira Railway.

Beira Railway Class F2

Beira Railway Class F4 No. 38

Beira Railway No. 3 (Nos. 1 and 2 were identical)

Routes[edit] The Beira railway has two major segments, the Machipanda line to Zimbabwe, and the Sena line to the coal fields of Moatize
with further connection to Malawi. War damage[edit] After Mozambique
gained independence in 1975, both segments were damaged during the guerrilla fighting in the 1980s when RENAMO sabotaged the railroad. Reconstruction[edit] Operational activity has been regained on the Machipanda line, and rehabilitation of the Sena line has been completed to Moatize, a town in Central Mozambique, and the first coal train from there to the port of Beira, operated by the Brazilian-based firm Vale, operated in August 2011. See also[edit]

Trains portal Mozambique

Benguela railway Congo Railway History of rail transport in Mozambique Malawi
Railways National Railways of Zimbabwe Railway stations in Mozambique Transport in Mozambique Zambia


^ a b "Railways".  ^ Strack, Don. "Railroads of Central and Southern Africa".  ^ Admin, Unwired. "33 106 Falcon 1895 Sandstone". 

Further reading[edit]

Baxter, Anthony H (1998). The Two Foot Gauge Enigma: Beira Railway, 1890-1900. East Harling: Plateway Press. ISBN 1871980348. 

External links[edit]

Indian management of Beira railroad A potted history of the railway Railroads of Central and Southern Africa Documents and clippings about Beira Railroad Corporation
Beira Railroad Corporation
in the 20th Century Press Archives of the German National Library of Econ