A line across Vic­to­ria Falls

The New Indian Express - - EDITORIAL -

Bu­l­awayo once had two sub­ur­ban train lines car­ry­ing work­ers in from ei­ther side of the city, while the cap­i­tal Harare had three lines—all dubbed “Free­dom Trains” as they al­lowed pas­sen­gers to avoid higher road costs. The ser­vices were scrapped around 2006, ac­cord­ing to AFP

Zim­babwe’s rail net­work—which in­cludes the dra­matic line across the Vic­to­ria Falls into Zam­bia—was built un­der Bri­tish colo­nial rule. The main line be­tween Harare and Bu­l­awayo—opened in 1907—was once elec­tri­fied, but van­dal­ism stripped it of its cop­per ca­bles and track mo­tors. To­day there is a much-re­duced freight ser­vice car­ry­ing chrome and quar­ried stone, and a thread­bare ser­vice be­tween ma­jor cities

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