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FLOODS CLOSE LINES IN MALAWI

On 17 January, Central East African Railways (CEAR) spokesman Chisomo Mwamadi announced the suspension of all rail service in the south of Malawi due to severe and widespread flood damage. Track was washed away in several places and bridges were made unusable. Repairs would be put in hand, he said, but these would be costly, […]

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VALE’S NEW LINE THROUGH MALAWI

Paul Ash writes: “Think of this: by the end of 2015, when Vale’s new line from the Moatize coalfield across the bottom of Malawi to Liwonde and into Mozambique is complete, you are looking at a heavy-haul railway that will be worked by a fleet of modern diesels that would not look out of place […]

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TWO MORE LOCOS FOR MALAWI

Central East African Railways (CEAR) in Malawi have taken delivery of a further two locomotives. General Electric supplied these U20C 2,000hp diesel-electrics more than forty years ago to the South African Railways, where they were known as class 33. They have been extensively refurbished by Transnet Engineering (TE). Originally there were to be five altogether, […]

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MALAWI GOVERNMENT TO REVAMP RAIL

In its 2014-2019 manifesto, Malawi’s ruling People’s Party places strong emphasis on rehabilitating and expanding the country’s railway and related infrastructure across the country. The Malawi News Agency in Lilongwe quotes the party saying: “Previous governments in the multi-party dispensation have totally neglected rail transport to the extent that it is in a state of […]

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ADDITIONAL ROLLING STOCK FOR MALAWI

Central East African Railways (CEAR), which operates the Malawi state rail system, has purchased five locomotives from South Africa. Currently undergoing extensive refurbishment by Transnet Engineering (TE), they are retired Transnet Freight Rail class 33 units – GE U20C models new in the nineteen-sixties. Overhaul of the first two units is nearing completion, with delivery […]

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SA-BUILT ROLLING STOCK FOR MALAWI & MOZAMBIQUE

During the first week of June, Transnet Engineering shipped 10 locally manufactured locomotives and 21 passenger coaches to Mozambique. In the recent past it has manufactured and supplied rolling stock to several rail operations on the continent, including 560 specialised wagons for Botswana Rail and 95 coal wagons to mining giant Rio Tinto in Mozambique, […]

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PORTUGUESE GROUP TO BUILD LINE IN MALAWI

The new connecting line of about 145km to Blantyre in Malawi from a point some 50km east of Moatize in Mozambique is to be built by Portuguese group Mota-Engil. The contract – funded by the Brazilian mining group Vale – is worth $US 703 million, according to a statement filed with Portuguese stock market regulator […]

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NEW LINE TO MALAWI

At a cost of some $US6 billion, Brazil’s Vale mining group intends to double production at its Moatize coal mine in Mozambique’s Tete province to 22 million tons a year. It plans to move 18mt of this annually by way of Malawi to the northern Mozambique deepwater port of Nacala. On 11 January, the government […]

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VALE SIGNS FOR LINE THROUGH MALAWI

On 11 January, the government of Malawi signed a $US1 billion deal with Brazil’s Vale mining group covering the rehabilitation of lines in Malawi and the construction of a 100km new link from Blantyre to a point near Moatize in Mozambique. The work envisaged will target the moving of 18 million tons of coal annually […]

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FUEL SHORTAGE HITS MALAWI TRAINS

Rail services provided in Malawi by Central East African Railways (CEAR) were hard hit in mid-November by a national shortage of fuel oil, thought to be related to government problems with foreign exchange. The absence of passenger trains stranded many would-be passengers.

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