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Old 12-24-2015, 06:41 AM
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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Do you think that a railroad connecting the city of Beira in Mozambique to Harare in Zimbabwe, then to Lusaka in Zambia, and then to Angola would be a viable project?

In Angola the railroad could go to Lobito or to Luanda.

Would a railroad like that be a viable project in the future?

That would be a "Trans-African" railroad...
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Old 12-24-2015, 11:28 AM
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Would it be viable? Depends on how the price of oil goes in the near future
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Old 12-25-2015, 09:28 AM
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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Speaking as both a Transportation Economics graduate and a lifelong railroad buff, I doubt that there is any part of Africa where new railroad mileage would be a good investment at present. Rail technology experienced its fastest growth in the era from 1880 to 1915, when heavy "core" industry like coal and steel boomed, and the personalized self-propelled vehicle had yet to be invented.

The railroad survives, and actually has some growth potential, but only in the mature, fully-industrialized (and occasionally, post-industrialized) societies where a large volume of passengers and/or freight needs to move in a regular pattern, and on a regular basis. Only South Africa and, to a lesser degree, Egypt, fit this pattern and, where railroads were developed in an earlier day -- Kenya/Uganda and the southern (Benguela) regions of the former Congo -- access to a seaport for trade with the former colonial power was the usual motivation.

That pattern no longer exists; and internal trade of the sort geared to a "consumerist" economy is a long way in the future for Africa. When it does emerge, the old pattern of imported goods from the seaports to the interior might revive, but the distances, volumes, and existent, but under-maintained infrastructure that played a vital role in the revival of the North American rail industry post-1985 aren't found on the African continent.

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