• Short Summary

    African nationalist guerrillas blew up the rail line between the mozambique port of Beira and Rhodesia on Tuesday night (16 July), bringing all trains to a standstill for the second time in a week.

  • Description

    African nationalist guerrillas blew up the rail line between the mozambique port of Beira and Rhodesia on Tuesday night (16 July), bringing all trains to a standstill for the second time in a week.

    The line, which runs to Beira form Umtali, was wrecked when a goods train ran over a landmine about 40 miles (60 kilometers) form the Rhodesian border.

    The engine and four trucks were derailed but no one was injured.

    The rail link was re-opened only on Monday after a similar explosion the previous week. Following the latest blast it was expected to be out of action again for about a week.

    The guerrillas have now blown up parts of the 1,935 mile (3,000 kilometer) line six times since the beginning of the year. About 40,00 tons of goods are now said to be held up at various points along the track.

    Fears about the future of the rail link have prompted the Rhodesian Government to speed up construction of a new line south form Rutenga to Beit Bridge, on the border with South Africa. Goods could then be transferred to and form Rhodesia via South African ports.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1WRGG3HAZBZ7EC4EP98M03PZU
    Media URN:
    VLVA1WRGG3HAZBZ7EC4EP98M03PZU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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