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    Africa: SNCC restores passenger services in DR Congo


    Passenger services have been reinstated on the 1 067 mm gauge line from Lubumbashi to Kananga following the arrival of modern rolling stock from China. Murray Hughes reports.

  • A train carrying SNCC management and other guests reached Dilolo on August 11.

    Trains resume between Kolwezi and Dilolo


    DR CONGO: Ahead of the relaunch of regular passenger and mail trains on August 25, Ilunga Ilunkamba, Director-General of state railway SNCC, joined a special train inspecting the upgraded route between Kolwezi and Dololo on August 11. No trains have used this 422 km section of the former Benguela Railway ...

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    DR Congo rail renaissance in 2016


    DR CONGO: SNCC Director General Ilunga Ilunkamba looked forward to 2016 as the year that would see the ‘renaissance’ of the state railway, in his message to staff delivered on December 31. Under the Multimodal Transport Project funded by the World Bank, 38 new locomotives were being acquired and track ...

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    CNR delivers locomotives to DR Congo


    DR CONGO: A batch of 18 CNR Beijing February 7 Railway Transport Equipment Co Type CKD8C1 diesel-electric locomotives ordered by national railway company SNCC was shipped from the Chinese port of Tianjin on April 8. The new locomotives were procured as part of the Multimodal Transport Project, which was launched ...

  • The locomotive contract was signed in Kinshasa.

    DR Congo locomotive contract signed


    DR CONGO: Chinese manufacturer CNR Beijing February 7th Railway Transportation Equipment Co is to supply 18 diesel-electric locomotives to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The order has been placed as part of the World Bank-backed national Multimodal Transport Project. This was launched in in 2010 with the aim of restoring ...

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    Grant to save DR Congo railway from collapse


    DR CONGO: A recovery plan to restore the financial and operational viability of national railway SNCC has been allocated 90% of the funding being made available under a World Bank-backed Multimodal Transport Project. The package is intended to rehabilitate infrastructure and ensure good governance to support economic integration and national ...

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    Major rehabilitation gets underway


    DR CONGO: Belgium-based African rail operator Vecturis is assisting with an ambitious World Bank supported project to rehabilitate the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Congolais network. The project was officially launched by President Joseph Kabila last November. Work planned for 2010 includes renewal of track between Tenke and Kisanfu ...

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    Railway stabilisation starts


    DR CONGO: A programme to 'stabilise' the operations of national railway SNCC is due to start on June 16, when Belgian concessionaire Vecturis begins a two-year contract to manage the business and put in place measures to prevent further 'technical and operational degradation'. The move follows an international tendering competition ...

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    Chinese to plug Ilebo - Kinshasa gap in DR Congo


    AGREEMENTS were signed in Kinshasa on September 17 which provide for China to fund a major railway project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rail element of a US$5bn loan package, signed by Congolese Minister for Public Works & Infrastructure Pierre Lumbi and Chinese Ambassador to the DRC Wu ...