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Congo Railways

The Congo railway system is managed by “Le Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan” (CFCO), a public company with financial autonomy created in its present form in the year 2000. The Company takes care of the current maintenance of the network while major reparations are outsourced to private companies through public tenders. The CFCO current transport rates are currently USD 126/mt.

The railway system is widely used both for cargo and passengers. The major railway line in Congo is leading from Pointe-Noire to Brazzaville. The railway connection arrives at the river port of Brazzaville.

However, due to security constraints in the Pool region the railway connection from Pointe Noire to Brazzaville is presently interrupted and commercial and passenger trains exiting Pointe Noire stop in Loutete, a station located about 240 km from Brazzaville. Also two bridges along the line were damaged and are currently out of order. There is currently no railway traffic exiting Brazzaville.

The line between Belinga and Dolisie is divided in two sections, the northern and southern line. The southern deviation connects eight stations for passenger traffic. The northern line goes through the Niari region from Mont Belo to Mbinda at the border with Gabon.

The availability of wagons is very unpredictable and sometimes causing delays in the distribution planning. The railway in Congo is not electrified and the traction is provided by diesel locomotives.

The suspension of the traffic and the absence of periodical maintenance is penalising and threatening the railway network infrastructures and the motive equipment. The current available operational equipment has decreased in the last couple of years bringing down the number of operational locomotives from 31 in 2014 to the currently 15.

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Republic of the Congo Government Contact List.

Travel Time Matrix (DAYS)

 

Pointe Noire

Bilinga

Mont Belo

Mbida

Dolisie

Nkay

Brazzaville

Pointe Noire

 

1/2

1/2

2

1/2

1/2

2

Bilinga

1/2

 

1/2

1 ½

1

1

1 ½

Mont Belo 

1/2

1/2

 

1 ½

1

1 ½

1 ½

Mbida 

2

1 ½

1/2

 

1

2 ½

2

 

Dolisie

1/4

1

1

1

 

1/4

1

Nkay

1 ½

1

1

2 ½

1/4

 

1

Brazzaville 

2

1 ½

1 ½

1 ½

1

1

 

Railway Companies and Consortia

There are currently no private railway companies in RoC. Pricing is established by the public Company CFCO.

For more information on railway company contact details, please see the following link: 4.9 Republic of the Congo Railway Companies Contact List

Capacity Table

Operator / Company

CFCO

Lines Operates On

All lines

Max Train Length and / or Pulling Capacity

1300 mt

Locomotives

Diesel

Covered Freight Wagons Size (m)

n/a

Flatbed Freight Wagons Size (m)

n/a

High-sided Freight Wagons Size (m)

n/a

Drop-side Freight Wagons Size (m)

n/a

 


Key Route Information

 

Pointe Noire - Brazzaville

Mont Belo - Mbinda

Bilinga-Dolisie

Track Gauge

1067 cm

1067 cm

1067 cm

Ruling Gradient

   

Total Track Distance

510 km

285 km

91

Type of Rail

N/A

N/A

N/A

Type of Sleeper and Fastenings

310 x (9-14 m x 2.4 m) & 113 (21 m x 2.6 m) 

310 x (9-14 m x 2.4 m) & 113 (21 m x 2.6 m) 

310 x (9-14 m x 2.4 m) & 113 (21 m x 2.6 m) 

Total Track Travel Time

   

Maintenance

MARGINAL/BAD

MARGINAL/BAD

MARGINAL/BAD

Companies / Consortiums Operating on Line

CFCO

CFCO

CFCO

Traffic Frequency

WEEKLY

WEEKLY

WEEKLY

Security

BAD

BAD

BAD

Main Stations

MBILINGA

DOLISIE

MBIDA

Key Stations

The three main stations Pointe Noire, M’binda (Dolisie) and Brazzaville. The Pointe Noire railway hub has rails entering the Port site allowing the loading and unloading of the cargos directly in the port area. Brazzaville has a railway connection to the river port integrating the railway to the Congo and Ubangui rivers barges.

There is currently no international railway connection but there are plans to rehabilitate the section from Mbinda into Gabon, which earlier served as a connection for manganese exports from Gabon to Pointe-Noire. No expected date for the execution of the project was provided.

Key Station Information

 

Pointe Noire Station

M’binda Station

Brazzaville Station

Location

Pointe Noire

Dolisie

Brazzaville

Contact Information

Jean-Marie TIBASSA

055655624

MAKAYA Delphin 055597010

Laurent MALANDA

055216126

Connections with Other

Transport Means

Road / Sea / Air

Road

Road / Waterways / Air

Storage Capacity

(m2 and m3)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Handling Equipment

N/A

N/A

N/A

Handling Capacity

N/A

N/A

N/A

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