Rail transport in Madagascar
Rail transport in Madagascar is primarily operated by Madarail,
There is a regular (at least daily) goods traffic between the port city of Toamasina and the capital city of Antananarivo. There are daily passenger trains on the Madarail system. Very occasionally there are special chartered trips on restored Micheline railcars for tourists. The southern line has a regular daily passenger train, which provides a slow but picturesque alternative to the recently rehabilitated road in the region.
875 km (544 mi)
metre gauge: 875 km (544 mi) 1.000 m (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) gauge (2006)
There are two unconnected systems. After the Proposed Extension of Madagascar Railway operated by Madarail up to Antsiranana, Nosy Bay Andoany & Andapa in the North, up to Mahajanga & Maintirano in the West, up to Morondova, Morombe, Toliara & Tolanaro in South, the Total Length of the Railway System will increase to 6,768 km (4,205 mi) connecting all of Madagascar.
Cities served by railEdit
Extension of the systemEdit
There are two unconnected systems having a total length of 875 km (544 mi). Talks are going for extending Madagascar Railway operated by Madarail. The Malagasy Government have signed a pact with Indian Railways & South African Railways to extend their railway services up to Antsiranana, Antalaha & Andapa in the north, up to Mahajanga & Maintirano in the west. Again southwest, south & southeastern extension of Fianarantsoa - Manakara Railway Line up to Morondova, Morombe, Toliara & Tolanaro is being planned. After extension, the length of the Madagascar Railway operated by Madarail will stand at 6,768 km (4,205 mi) connecting all of Madagascar.
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