Rail transport in Madagascar

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Rail transport in Madagascar is primarily operated by Madarail,

The northern railway (TCE, Tananarive–Côte Est) is currently concessioned to Madarail. The southern line, Fianarantsoa-Côte-Est railway (FCE), is a parastatal line.

HistoryEdit

Construction started in 1901 on the Madagascar Railway (Le Chemin-de-Fer de Madagascar) from Tananarive to Ambatolampy. The full line was completed from Tananarive to Antsirabé in 1923.[1]

OverviewEdit

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[2] 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.

total: 875 km (544 mi)
metre gauge: 875 km (544 mi) 1.000 m (3 ft 3 38 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.

InterfacesEdit

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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Commerce Reports". Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Department of Commerce. February 18, 1924 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "MADARAIL - TRAIN VOYAGEUR" (in French). Archived from the original on 2018-06-12.
  3. ^ RailwaysAfrica 1/2008 FCover

Further readingEdit

  • 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.

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