Friday, 2 November 2007

Upcountry train leaves with rickety coaches

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

Passenger train service from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza and Kigoma that was suspended by the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) for almost one year resumed effectively yesterday under a new name, Tanzania Railways LTD (TRL).

The nearly defunct railway, which was bought out by the India-based company on September 3, was originally slated to have a full overhaul of repairs and reopen by January next year, but trains left the station ahead of schedule yesterday. The Central Line is now back in full swing, running from Dar es Salaam to western, central and Lake Zone towns, and then to Lake Victoria, where wagon ferries will link up the former East African Railway lines.

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