|MOATIZE - Mozambique's Lost Railway|
|Report by Henry
Based on visit of June 16, 2001
|CFM’s Moatize line was cut during the war, but provided a tri-weekly passenger service between Moatize and Cambulatsitsi (a distance of approximately 60 km) until August of 1994.|
|Since then, over 200 people have remained on the payroll at Moatize awaiting developments. The station is well kept, and the stationmaster awaits a call to duty.|
|The telegraph office is staffed 24 hours per day, but its main function is to keep track of employees for payroll purposes (a retrenchment is underway to reduce staff to 70 people at Moatize).|
|Henschel #270, a 2-10-2, is one of two locomotives stored serviceable.|
|Sister locomotive #253, also a Henschel 2-10-2, is also stored serviceable.|
|The first of two Alco 2-6-6-0 Mallets at Moatize is found at the end of the station head shunt, at a 90-degree angle to the track. Folklore at Moatize is that the locomotive was involved in a runaway, and that it is currently inhabited by a cobra.|
|The second of two Mallets is found at the end of the triangle, in this case inhabited by a termite colony (Note that both locomotives are missing their tenders. There are no tenders that I could find at Moatize carrying the Mallets’ numbers – 100 and 101 – though they could be elsewhere).|
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