Angola’s once iconic rail network is once again resuming commercial operations as both the Caminhos-de-Ferro de Benguela (CFB) and Moçamedes Railway Company (CFM) recently marked the re-launch of key routes.

The Benguela railroad company undertook its first journey from Lobito (Benguela) to Luena (Moxico).  The train which was carrying both freight and agricultural produce took eighteen hours to complete the journey which included a stop in the city of Bié. Once the service is fully resumed it will operate once a week each way and cost USD $15 for a passenger ticket.

The CFM service carried passengers from Namibe city to Menongue city in Kuando Kubango province. The service had been out of action for twenty years due to damage sustained during the civil war; it is expected to carry over a million passengers over the next twelve months.