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    The construction of roads and railways, the vital links of trade, is being given top priority by the Government of Congo-Kinshasa.

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    The construction of roads and railways, the vital links of trade, is being given top priority by the Government of Congo-Kinshasa.

    Parts of the railways were badly damaged during the period of unrest following independence in 1963, and the last decade has also seen many roads fall into pour condition because of inadequate maintenance.

    To tackle the problem, the Government, Congolese companies and transport authorities are sparing no expense for modern equipment to help with road construction, and to modernise transport. This film shows examples of new vehicles from the commercial vehicle firm of Deutz-Congo, and also the putting into service of the Congo's first three diesel-electric locomotives at Lubumbashi, in Katanga province.

    SYNOPSIS: Modernising the network of roads of Congo-Kinshasa is an immense task. The second Republic is tackling the problem with energy, using the quickest methods. Part of the modern equipment being used for the job is this go-anywhere Deutz-Congo 19-ton truck, with its four-wheel drive, and remarkable suspension. It is admirably suited for shifting excavated soil, and for transport in areas where the roads are not yet made up. Another feature of these trucks is their air cooling, which makes them specially suitable for tropical climates.

    This box-van is from the same supplier. It's a sturdy, all-purpose town-or-country vehicle,, easy to manoeuvre despite its size.

    This 21-seater bus has a unique colling system, and was specially built for the Congo. It is small enough to economically fill the gaps in the Congo's transport system.

    Another big transport development took place recently at Lubumbashi station, when local Governor Mr. Takizala and the K.D.L. transport authority President Mr. Kabasubabo attended the hand-over ceremony for Congo-Kinshasa's first three Diesel-electric locomotives.

    They will replace steam locomotives running between Kamina and Port Franqui. The new 88-ton locomotives have six electric motors for the final drive, and huge diesel engines to produce the electric power.

    This is the first delivery of an order of 23 locomotives, acquired by the K.D.I. National Railway Company because of the ever-growing traffic on its network. It's more evidence of the steady expansion in economic development of Congo-Kinshasa. These big new locomotives are tangible proof of a real urge to modernise by the authorities.

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