The railway network in Malawi consists of 933km of mainline single cape gauge of which 20 I km is currently non-operational due to railway infrastructure damages caused by flooding. The network's axle load capacity ranges from 15 to 20.5 tonnes.

Recent investments in both infrastructure and rolling stock have improved operations along the Nacala Corridor with speeds increasing from as low as 20kmph on certain sections to 70kmph. The increased train speeds and frequencies have led to an increase in freight traffic as rail transport is relatively cheaper when compared to road transport.

The speeds and frequencies have also led to a rise in rail accidents prompting intensive sensitisation of communities along the railway network.
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