Zambia Railways has a fleet of various types of wagons and locomotives to cater for customer demands and can arrange for wagons from other neighbouring railways to support particular high demands for a specific wagon type.

As a “Rail-Linked” country, Zambia Railways Limited operates an active market made up of 5 major segments as follows:

  • Intermine – This is traffic that moves between the mines within Zambia.
  • Local –This is traffic that originates and is destined within Zambia
  • Exports –This is traffic that originates from Zambia and destined across the borders of Zambia.The major export routes are DRC; Zimbabwe; Botswana; RSA ; Tanzania; and Mozambique
  • Imports -This is traffic that comes into the country from other borders and the major import routes are the same as the export route.  
  • Transits –This is traffic that runs through the Zambia Railways Limited network originating from and destined to over border destinations and the major transit routes are RSA TO DRC; DRC TO RSA; ZIMBABWE TO DRC; DRC TO TANZANIA; and TANZANIA TO DRC

Connectivity to Ports

Through our export and imports routes, customers have access to the regional ports which includes:- Port of Durban; Port of Richards Bay; Port of Beira; Port of Nacala; and Port of Dar-e-salam

Nacala Train Operations

Zambia Railways Limited commenced train operations on Nacala Corridor on 9th May 2014.

A total of 3 Locomotives and 71 Wagons were transported to Chipata for Nacala Corridor train operations.

The station building at Chipata Railway Station was renovated and ZRL has employed 36 workers for Nacala corridor train operations.

As at 31st December, 2014, a total of 96,268 tons was moved between Chipata and Nacala against the projection of 100,000 tons.


Mulobezi Train Operations

ZRL took over Mulobezi mixed train operations on 1st January 2014 from Leoson General Contractors.

At take over, the line  and passenger coaches were in a very deplorable state.

ZRL, after take over maintained the line, built station offices, passenger waiting hall and  platform at Mulobezi Station.

ZRL also refurbished  5 passenger coaches, 5 livestock wagons and employed staff for the Mulobezi mixed train operations.

As at 31st December, 2014, a total of 23,255 passengers were moved against the projection of 11,172 passenger