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 as a terminal. The
3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
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
3 War damage
5 See also
7 Further reading
8 External links
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, during the
Portuguese rule of the territory of Mozambique. First, a 2 ft
(610 mm) narrow gauge railway was constructed from Beira to the
Mutare (Umtali) in Zimbabwe, in total 222 miles long
and opened on 4 February, 1898.
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 line from
Mutare was opened, with subsequent conversion of the
connecting 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge stretch to Beira in
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 to be designated to SAR
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)
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.
Mozambique gained independence in 1975, both segments were
damaged during the guerrilla fighting in the 1980s when RENAMO
sabotaged the railroad.
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
History of rail transport in Mozambique
National Railways of Zimbabwe
Railway stations in Mozambique
Transport in Mozambique
^ a b "Railways".
^ Strack, Don. "Railroads of Central and Southern Africa".
^ Admin, Unwired. "33 106 Falcon 1895 Sandstone".
Baxter, Anthony H (1998). The Two Foot Gauge Enigma: Beira Railway,
1890-1900. East Harling: Plateway Press. ISBN 1871980348.
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