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From: "Graham Dickason" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA] Railways
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 18:48:32 +0200
The company , Tanganyika Concessions, formed the Rhodesia-Katanga Junction
Railway and Mineral Co., for the purpose of extending the Rhodesia Railway
line northwards to the Congo border in 1908. The first real exploitation of
the copper deposits was only possible after the 200 kilometre connection
between Elisabethville and Sakania on the RR system, was completed in 1910.
Later called the CFK ( La Compagnie du Chemin de Fer du Katanga) the line
was built iin order to pre-empt the Portuguese who wished to extend their
railway line eastwards from Lobito Bay- which they eventually did succeed
with in 1928. This was called the Benguella line and known as CFB (Caminho
de Ferro de Benguella).. At this time Rhodesia Railways Limited was a
company registered in the United Kingdom.
There are four areas of research -
1. The records of the BCK being the"Compagnie du Chemin de Fer du Bas Congo
au Katanga" which was in overall control of railways in the then Belgian
2. Portuguese records for their railway company;
3. Records of Rhodesia Railways Limited in the United Kingdom; and finally
4. South African railway records which would be held by "Spoornet" in
Civil engineers working on the railways in those days could either be
employees of the respective railroad companies or employees of the
I would suggest you need to attempt identification of the area of the
photograph and the date.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Railton" <>
Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2004 1:04 PM
Subject: [ZA] South African Railways - 1920s
> Can anyone please help with information as to what records may be
> of South African railways staff in the 1920s.
> Also looking for information as to railways that may have been under
> construction in the 1920s from Zambia to Zaire - An ancestor supposedly
> worked as a civil engineer on the railway in South Africa but we have a
> photo from his album which says it was taken in the Congo!
> David Railton
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