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Railway Overview

The Cameroon rail system plays an important part in domestic freight transport. It is also the main link with the northern half of the country, Chad and the Central African Republic.

In 1999, under a 20 years -year convention, a joint-venture between the French group Bolloré and COMAZAR of South Africa took over the management of the national railway corporation: CAMRAIL. 

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Timber (in logs or worked) from CAR and Congo represents 80% of the timber cargo. The loading location of this cargo is Bélabo.

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P.O. Box: 766 Douala, Cameroon

Headquarters (Douala)

Tel.: +237 233 40 60 45

                 233 40 49 40

                 233 40 99 65

                 233 40 91 13

                 696 90 16 60

                 696 90 16 61

                 233 40 10 05

Yaoundé Railways station

Tel.: +237 222 23 40 03

                 222 22 13 05

                 222 22 81 06

                 222 22 81 07

                 222 23 49 86

Bélabo Railways station

Tel.: +237 222 22 13 09

                 222 22 13 15

Ngaoundéré Railways station

Tel.: +237 222 25 12 32

                 222 25 13 84

                 222 25 10 98

For more information on government and railway companies contact details, please see the following links: 

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CAMRAIL operates over 1,100 km of rail track track as follows. The entire network is connected to the Port of Douala. 

  • Douala-Yaoundé, Central line: 258 km. This is the main line of CAMRAIL. The first stretch, as far as Eséka, was built by the German colonial administration. The second stretch to Yaoundé was finished by the French administration.
  • Yaoundé-Ngaoundéré, Northern line: 626 km
  • Otélé-Mbalmayo Line: 53 km; Traffic suspended.
  • Douala-Mbanga-Nkongsamba, Westen Line (172 km). Currently, only Douala - Mbanga is sometimes in service with very little traffic.
  • Mbanga-Kumba line (29 km). Due to the current situation in South-West, the line has been suspended for 2018-2019.

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Logistics infrastructure includes warehouses (6,500m2500m2) and open yards for the storage of timbers. There is also a containers’ container yard. As The Douala – Belabo railway line exists and functioned as a transhipment point, WFP in connection with Bollore Transport Logistics has used this option instead of road traffic from 2014 until 2017, with an average traffic of 3,500 mt per month. After this period, the tonnage was not enough to maintain this option and direct road transport from Douala was chosen.

Ngaoundéré railway station is the logistical hub and dry port for containers and bulk destined to Northern Cameroon and Chad. Ngaoundéré is the final railway station network for the traffic coming from the port of Douala via Yaoundé.

WFP has established a Logistics antenna in this location to monitor the transhipment of its humanitarian cargo from wagons to trucks.

There is an important traffic of cargo from the port of Douala to Northern Cameroon and Chad. Considering the fact that a large part of this traffic is transported by wagons, the government has developed logistical infrastructures in Ngaoundéré in order to facilitate the storage and transhipment from rail to road.

As is the case within the port of Douala, logistics infrastructure in Ngaoundéré is mainly owned by SDV-SAGA (Bolloré group.) This includes:

  • 12,500 sqm m2 of covered warehouses split into 6 warehouses. One of these premises is dedicated to WFP cargo only (2500 m2).
  • 30,000 sqm 000 mof open yard, including a containers’ yard with a capacity of about 300 TEUs.

It is also worth - mentioning that there are about 5,540 m3 of fuel storage facilities around the railways station.

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The park of main line locomotives is currently composed of 29 Locomotiveslocomotives.