9 January 2013

Angola: Namibe-Menongue Train Starts Regular Operation

Namibe — Regular circulation of passenger and cargo trains between the southwestern Namibe province and Menongue city ( southeastern Kuando Kubango province), started on Monday, January 7.

The information was released by the CEO of Moçamedes Railway (CFM), Daniel Quipaxe.

The official was speaking at a ceremony that set the start of circulation of the train, at Humbia station, some 162 kilometres of Namibe capital city.

According to Daniel Quipaxe, the start of operation of the CMF train followed a period of tests in September last year.

He said the tests enabled an assessment of the consistence of the newly built and rehabilitated infrastructures.

On the other hand, the CEO expressed concern about the vandalism the rails are going through as, he added, some people insist in damaging it by removing some of their components.

Meanwhile, according to estimates, more than one million passengers are expected to be transported this year on CFM.

The first experimental trip on CMF took place on September 21 last year, soon after the conclusion of the rehabilitation and construction of infrastructures and purchase of locomotives, wagons and coaches.

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