Information was received from Arusha that Tanzania Railways will resume passenger train operations today, with the first service running from Dodoma, the countrys political capital, to Kigoma.
Earlier in January were all train services suspended following torrential rains and flooding along key railway lines, which threatened to derail trains where rails were under water.
Other routes, including from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, will be monitored for some more time to establish how safe it is to resume train services, or to where necessary repair the lines first and ascertain that the bridges were not damaged by raging floods and rivers which broke their banks.
Wananchi as well as budget tourists suffered setbacks in their travel plans when they had to use either busses or else cancel their trips, while cargo trains could also not operate leading to a backlog in shipments and substantial financial losses for Tanzania Railways.
Compiled by Jackie
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