Usambara Railway

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The Usambara Railway (Usambarabahn) was the first railway to be built in German East Africa and what is today Tanzania.wikipedia
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German East Africa

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The Usambara Railway (Usambarabahn) was the first railway to be built in German East Africa and what is today Tanzania.
To bring these agricultural products to market, beginning in 1888, the Usambara Railway was built from Tanga to Moshi.

Tanga, Tanzania

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A railway company was created in 1891 with the aim, to connect the port of Tanga at the Indian Ocean with the Lake Victoria by passing south of the Usambara Mountains.
In 1896 the construction of the Usambara Railway began and was extended to Moshi by 1912.

Central Line (Tanzania)

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Thereafter the line was run by the Ostafrikanische Eisenbahngesellschaft (East African Railway Cooperation), a company which had been created to build and operate the Tanganyika Central Line (Zentralbahn) from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma.
The Central Line was the second railway project coming into existence in the colony of then German East Africa after the Usambara Railway.

Moshi, Tanzania

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On 26 September 1911 the track reached Moshi at Mount Kilimanjaro after 351.4 km.
Tanga Line passes through Moshi.

Tanzania Railways Limited

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This community was dissolved in 1977 and the Usambara Railway became part of the Tanzania Railways Corporation which was taken over in 2007 by an Indian investor.
Two east-west lines linking the coast and the hinterland were built under colonial rule as German East Africa: the Central Line runs from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma, and the Tanga Line from Tanga to Arusha.

Rail transport

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The Usambara Railway (Usambarabahn) was the first railway to be built in German East Africa and what is today Tanzania.

Tanzania

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The Usambara Railway (Usambarabahn) was the first railway to be built in German East Africa and what is today Tanzania.

Indian Ocean

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A railway company was created in 1891 with the aim, to connect the port of Tanga at the Indian Ocean with the Lake Victoria by passing south of the Usambara Mountains.

Lake Victoria

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A railway company was created in 1891 with the aim, to connect the port of Tanga at the Indian Ocean with the Lake Victoria by passing south of the Usambara Mountains.

Usambara Mountains

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A railway company was created in 1891 with the aim, to connect the port of Tanga at the Indian Ocean with the Lake Victoria by passing south of the Usambara Mountains.

Dar es Salaam

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Thereafter the line was run by the Ostafrikanische Eisenbahngesellschaft (East African Railway Cooperation), a company which had been created to build and operate the Tanganyika Central Line (Zentralbahn) from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma.

Kigoma

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Thereafter the line was run by the Ostafrikanische Eisenbahngesellschaft (East African Railway Cooperation), a company which had been created to build and operate the Tanganyika Central Line (Zentralbahn) from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma.

Pongwe Pogwe

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Between Pongwe and Ngommi on the Usambara Railway there was a double hairpin turn.

Hairpin turn

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Between Pongwe and Ngommi on the Usambara Railway there was a double hairpin turn.

Aerial lift

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Around 1910, a cable spur (the Seilbahn) was constructed to connect the line with the sawmills at Neu-Hornow.

Shume

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Around 1910, a cable spur (the Seilbahn) was constructed to connect the line with the sawmills at Neu-Hornow.

Mount Kilimanjaro

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On 26 September 1911 the track reached Moshi at Mount Kilimanjaro after 351.4 km.

Arusha

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The extension to Arusha was already planned and money provided but was not built due to the start of World War I.

Voi

The British mandate, which took over Tanganyika from the Germans, connected the Usambara Railway between Moshi and Voi with the Uganda Railway in Kenya and extended it 1929 to its current termination point Arusha.

Uganda Railway

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The British mandate, which took over Tanganyika from the Germans, connected the Usambara Railway between Moshi and Voi with the Uganda Railway in Kenya and extended it 1929 to its current termination point Arusha.

Kenya

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The British mandate, which took over Tanganyika from the Germans, connected the Usambara Railway between Moshi and Voi with the Uganda Railway in Kenya and extended it 1929 to its current termination point Arusha.

Ruvu, Kibaha District

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After the Tanzanian independence the Tanzania Central Line and the Usambara Railway were connected between Mruazi and Ruvu.

East African Community

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During the East African Community, which covered Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, the Usambara Railway belonged to the East African Railways (EAR).

East African Railways and Harbours Corporation

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During the East African Community, which covered Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, the Usambara Railway belonged to the East African Railways (EAR).