TAZARA suspends passenger services in Zambia

Train from Tanzania to Zambia - TAZARA
Train from Tanzania to Zambia - TAZARA

We regret to announce the suspension of passenger services in Zambia due to the occurrence, on 22 September 2022 at 09:45 hours, of a train accident involving a freight train (Train No. A779, Loco No.3009/3019) operated by African Inland Container Depot (AFICD), a Tanzanian based private railway operator with “Open Access” rights on the TAZARA infrastructure.

The train, comprising two locomotives and 26 wagons, was transporting 1,414 metric tons of cargo from the Port of Dar es Salaam to Ndola, Zambia. 

The accident happened on a curve at KM-1004, between Msanza and Kapwila Stations in Zambia, where 19 wagons capsized resulting in track damages involving 520 railway concrete sleepers and 52 rails. 

There were no injuries to human life and investigations have been opened to determine the cause of the accident.

Consequently, therefore, the section between Msanza and Kapwila is temporarily closed for repairs and passenger services between Kasama and Nakonde shall remain suspended until further notice.

The Authority is working around the clock to ensure that normal train services are restored as quickly as possible.

Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority