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Tanzania-Zambia Rail Cancels Service a Second Time on Blockage

Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority, jointly managed by the governments, canceled services for a second time in less than a month after a crane fell over the track outside of the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam.

Scheduled trips on the link that carries exports from Zambia’s copper mines to the Dar es Salaam port as well as transports passengers are expected to resume on April 12, Tazara, as the company is known, said in an e-mailed statement.

“Train operations have been temporarily suspended as efforts are being made to outsource and mobilize additional rescue equipment and bulldozers,” according to the statement.

Tazara operates the 1,860 kilometer (1,156-mile) line, which has suffered from poor management and a lack of maintenance since it was constructed using Chinese aid in the 1970s. Zambia is Africa’s largest copper producer with mining done by companies including Glencore International Plc., Barrick Gold Corp. and First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

In the latest incident, a crane relocating wagons damaged in an earlier accident sank into the ground and is bent over a section of the track about 65 kilometers (40 miles) outside of Dar es Salaam, Tazara said. In March, heavy rains flooded a portion of the railway, forcing the company to stop service.

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