Countries Currently Operating The Fastest Trains In Africa
Hello friends, Welcome back to another informative article and thanks for reading, In this post we shall be taking a look at the African countries currently operating the fastest trains in Africa. Train is one of safest, fastest and preferred mode of transport in the world. One amazing fact with Railway transport is that its economical, quicker and best suited for carrying heavy and bulky goods over long distances. Over the years the Rail Industry in Africa has witness tremendous growth not only by an increase in railways but an increase in High speed trains. In Africa, countries such as Morocco, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya and Algeria has some of the best railway systems on the continent, However in this post I shall be focusing on the African countries that are operating the fastest trains in terms of Km covered per hour. If you are new here welcome, be sure to follow me so you don’t miss any of my uploads. So without any further ado here are the African countries currently operating the fastest trains.
Morocco LGV (360km/h)
Starting off ,We have the North African Country of Morocco …Currently in Africa Morocco holds the title not only for the fastest trains but also the best Railway system on the Continent. Rail transport in Morocco was initially developed during the protectorate. It functioned primarily as a means to mobilize colonial troops and to transport natural resources. Later, a standard-gauge network was built. Today Traveling by train in Morocco is the most efficient and comfortable way to get around. The train network in Morocco is not very extensive but many of the major tourist destinations are covered. Trains run between Marrakech, Fes, Casablanca (including the International Airport), Rabat, Oujda, Tangier, and Meknes. Office National des Chemins de Fer(ONCT) is the national railway operator in Morocco. In 2018, The ONCT inaugurated the Al Borage a 323-kilometre-Iong high-speed rail service between Casablanca and Tangier which is the first of its kind in Africa. The LGV in Morocco currently operate high speed electric trains like the Euro duplex on several of its routes which can run for up to 360 km per hour.
South Africa Gautrains 160 Km/H
Before Morocco became the leader of rail transport in Africa, South Africa held the title for many years. Rail transport in South Africa is an important element of the country’s transport infrastructure. All major cities are connected by rail, and South Africa’s railway system is the most highly developed in Africa. The first track for steam-powered locomotives was a line of about 3.2 kilometres (2 mi) by the Natal Railway Company, linking the town of Durban with Harbour Point, opened on 26 June 1860. Today, Nearly all railways in South Africa use a 1,067 mm Cape gauge track. Between 50% to 80% of the rail lines in South Africa are electrified. Different voltages are used for different types of trains. Most electrified trains run 3000 V DC (overhead); this is used primarily for commuter lines, and has been in use since the 19203. Transnet (and previously Spoornet and its predecessor) became famous for its luxury rail lines, most notably the Blue Train, which runs from Cape Town to Pretoria. The Blue Line has frequently been named the best luxury train line in the world, and the 1,806 kilometres run is a popular tourist attraction for South Africa. Currently in South Africa, the fastest trains are being operated by Gautrain and can run up to 160 km per hour linking Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni and OR Tambo International Airport.
Algeria SNTF Trains(160km/h)
In order to improve transport across Algeria’s vast territory, the railway system has been a priority in successive government development plans. In the period from 2010-14, €294.4m was allocated to the development and modernisation of railway infrastructure in Algeria. According to the state-owned National Company for Rail Transport (Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires, SNTF), the agency in charge of managing and operating the rail system, Algeria’s railway network spans 4,573 km, 3854 km of which are currently in use. Of that total, 449 km are doubled-track lines and a total of 323 km are electrified.
Tunisia – SNCFT Trains (120km/h)
Kenya – Madaraka Express (120km/h)
Ethiopia/Djibouti – Djibouti Trains (120km/h)
Egypt – Cairo Regional Trains and Metro (120km/h)
Nigeria – Abuja – Kaduna Trains – 100km/h
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