Angola's train system is finally being restored with the help of Chinese firms after more than 30 years of disuse. There are three main lines which are not connected to each other.
The northern line, Caminho de Ferro de Luanda CFL between the capital Luanda to Malenje is back to full service. There are three classes, Primeira, with reclining leather seats with individual television sets; Exspresso, with comfortable chairs arranged in fours around tables and communal televisions; and Tramway, the cheapest option fitted out with benches to maximize passenger numbers. Ticket prices hover around AOA2,500 USD26; GBP15. Carriages are clean and modern with functioning toilets and a restaurant car.
The middle line, Caminho de Ferro de Benguela CFB has just started services between Lobito, Cubal and Huambo with the intention of reaching Luau at the border to the Democratic Republic of the Congo before the end of 2012.
The southern route, Caminho de Ferro de Moçâmedes CFM between Namibe, Lubango and Menongue is starting services by fall 2012.