• Short Summary

    CONSTRUCTION WORK IS PROGRESSING WELL ON WHAT WILL BE AFRICA'S MOST MODERN RAILWAY WORKSHOPS. THEY?

  • Description

    CONSTRUCTION WORK IS PROGRESSING WELL ON WHAT WILL BE AFRICA'S MOST MODERN RAILWAY WORKSHOPS. THEY ARE BEING BUILT AT KABWE (FORMER BROKEN HILL) IN THE ZAMBIAN COPPERBELT.

    THE WORKSHOPS WILL COST ABOUT GBP6,000,000 STERLING. WHEN THEY ARE COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER, IT WILL MEAN ZAMBIA NO LONGER HAS TO BE DEPENDENT ON NEIGHBOURING REBEL RHODESIA FOR REPAIRS AND OVERHAUL OF ITS ROLLING STOCK AND LOCOMOTIVES. AT THE MOMENT, ZAMBIA HAS FACILITIES FOR ONLY MINOR RAILWAY REPAIRS.

    THEY ARE BEING BUILT ALONGSIDE THE MAIN TRUNK LINE FROM THE INDUSTRIAL COPPERBELT TO THE SOUTH. KABWE IS ALSO THE HEAD OF THE PROPOSED RAILWAY LINE TO DAR-ES-SALAAM, WHICH WILL BE USED AS THE MAIN OUTLET FOR ZAMBIA'S COPPER EXPORTS.

    THE MODERN WORKSHOPS WILL HAVE THEIR OWN FOUNDRY FOR CASTING BOTH FERROUS AND NON-FERROUS METAL - A FACILITY THAT FEW AFRICAN COUNTRIES CAN CLAIM. IN ADDITION, THEY WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH A CANTEEN, WASH AND CHANGING ROOMS, AND RECREATION FACILITIES.

    ALTHOUGH THE JOB WILL BE FINISHED IN NOVEMBER, THE WORKSHOPS WILL BE ONLY PARTLY OPERATIONAL. FULL PRODUCTION IS NOT EXPECTED TO BEGIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1970 WHEN 1500 SKILLED AND SEMI-SKILLED WORKERS WILL BE EMPLOYED.

    THE WORKSHOPS WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE ZAMBIA'S ENTIRE EXISTING RAILWAY STRENGTH WHICH CURRENTLY STANDS AT 3600 ROLLING STOCK, NEARLY 100 STEAM TRAINS AND 43 DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAN7S50SIEFJUOAVR75OJMGQ6M
    Media URN:
    VLVAAN7S50SIEFJUOAVR75OJMGQ6M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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