The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has cancelled the passenger train service following the closure of the main line in Tanzania.
TAZARA Head of Public Relations Conrad Simuchile said in a press statement to ZANIS April 17th that the cancellation has been necessitated by the damage on the rail track on the Tanzanian side.
Mr. Simuchile said heavy rains that were experienced in Tanzania in the past two weeks led to a major wash away that dismantled the soil formation and left 40 meters of the rail hanging about 2.4 kilometres from the Port of Dar es Salaam.
He said another major landslide that affected about 25 meters of the rail track occurred 36 kilometres from Dar es Salaam.
Mr. Simuchile said the Dar es Salaam bound Kilimanjaro ordinary passenger train that was scheduled to depart New Kapiri Mposhi this Friday will not do so as all the train stocks are currently in Tanzania with one of the stocks blocked in Dar es Salaam where a heavy motor trolley derailed on 15 April this year.
Currently, all freight traffic operations between Dar es Salaam and Yombo Marshalling yard are suspended until the problem is rectified.
He said works on the affected sites are underway and normal operations are expected to resume by Monday next week.