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Railway network(interactive version)
1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge, 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge
Dar es Salaam railway station in 1973.

Rail transport in Tanzania is conducted by two companies (Tanzania Railways Corporation and TAZARA). On 31 March, 2015 the Tanzanian government announced it would use $14.2 billion of commercial loans to build new rail infrastructure across the country before 2021 and make the country a regional transport hub.[1]

Railway links with adjacent countries[edit]

  • Burundi Burundi - no - proposed 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo - decades ago there was a train ferry between Kigoma and Kalemie, in 2007 there are no ferry links and the DR Congo line to Kalemie is defunct because of a collapsed bridge. Break of gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)/1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Kenya Kenya - yes - 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) same gauge, but the link between Moshi and Voi has not operated for many years.
  • Malawi Malawi - no - break of gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)/1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Mozambique Mozambique - no - break of gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)/1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Rwanda Rwanda - no - proposed 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) [2]
  • Uganda Uganda - yes - same gauge - via train ferry from Mwanza to Port Bell or Jinja.
  • Zambia Zambia - yes - 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The central line between Kigoma and Dar es Salaam carries international freight and passengers in transit from Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda to the Indian Ocean, and the branch from Tabora to Mwanza carries freight and passengers between Uganda and the Indian Ocean.


See also[edit]



  1. ^ African Markets - Factors to watch on March 31, Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/31/africa-factors-idUSL6N0WX0EG20150331
  2. ^ Railways Africa - STANDARD GAUGE FOR RWANDA

Further reading[edit]

  • Robinson, Neil (2009). World Rail Atlas and Historical Summary. Volume 7: North, East and Central Africa. Barnsley, UK: World Rail Atlas Ltd. ISBN 978-954-92184-3-5. 

External links[edit]

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