Mauritania is quietly strengthening her railway freight service through low cost partnership and purchase of passenger cars.
Unlike other African nations,Mauritania has opted for first grade used cars from the services of advanced rail nation ,Czech.The contract consummated few months ago appears to have set a model for many cash strapped Sub-Sahara Africa.
With only one single track railway line servicing her mining centres ,Mauritania acted financially prudent in the reported transactions.
In July,three former Czech Railways (ČD) passenger cars headed to Africa as part of an unique contract with Mauretania. ČD Cargo informed about the contract in its Cargovák magazine.
The rail freight company pulled the cars from Czechia to Antwerp on its Czech-Belgium Xpress direct service. The cars were transported by ship from Belgium to Mauritania.
Reports showed that ČD did not sell the cars directly but via SSS Trade Czech Republic. The company is a long-term rail cars exporter. It specializes for sale of freight cars.
“We have been African freight rail car spare parts producer for almost 20 years. Thus we received a request for export of passenger cars to Mauretania, and we completed it,” SSS Trade owner Petr Torhan said our magazine.
According to Cargovák magazine, the cars will be working on the only railway route in Mauritania. It connects iron ore surface mines in Zouérat region with Nouadhibou port. The route is single-track and 704 kilometer long. There is literally one single freight train. Thanks to second-hand passenger cars bought from Europe, some trains provide mixed freight/passenger transportation. Probably three Slovak sleeping cars were sold to Mauritania as well.
Further exports to Africa may come. “We currently solve export of various railway cars and other technics to multiple African countries,” Torhan said. ČD usually does not sell its older passenger cars but buy them from foreign railway companies. The last sale happened last year, when a Poland company bought 4 railway diesel units of Class 810.