Congo Railway

Congo Railway

The Congo Railway Company (CNC) or the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Congo (SNCC) (formerly Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Zaïrois SNCZ)is the national railway company for the inland railways of the Congo. Because of a civil war, the railway was not functioning from 1998 until June 29, 2004. During the war, 500 km of railway in the provinces of Maniema and Katanga were destroyed. A million dollar grant from the United States Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance is helping to pay for the section's repair. Charities often use the railway to distribute food and other supplies.

The Matadi-Kinshasa Railway is operated by ONATRA, under an agreement with the CNC.


For more detail, see Transport in DR Congo


3,641 kilometres (of which 858 kilometres electrified) in Katanga, Kasaï-Occidental, Kasaï-Oriental and Maniema.

Rail gauge: 1.067 metre :

  • Lubumbashi to Ilebo Only remaining weekly through passenger train is timetabled to take six days. Agreement signed in September 2007 for China to fund an extension to Kinshasa.
  • Kamina to Kindu
  • Tenke (a siding on the Lubumbashi to Ilebo mainline) to Dilolo (Angola border at Luau, rail has connection to the still not fully operational Benguela Railway ending at Lobito on the Atlantic Ocean.)
  • Kabalo to Kalemie

Rail gauge : 1.00 metre:

Lakes and rivers


Road links

  • Kalundu to Bukavu (128 kilometres)

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