Rough ride on Mulobezi train

THE Mulobezi bound train crossing the wooden Bombwe Bridge. PICTURE: CHISHALA MUSONDA

THE Mulobezi train is a darling when it finally reaches its destination.
However, it becomes upsetting when it breaks down and the anticipated journey of less than 12 hours turns into days, frustrating in some instances.
This is one mixed train, passenger and cargo, which trips 162 kilometres between Livingstone and Mulobezi districts in the Southern and Western Provinces respectively.
The Mulobezi train is treasured because it is the main means of transport to get goods in and out of the remote areas of the vast province in the west.
“You came by train. When did you arrive?” Christine Njobvu, a peasant farmer who also owns a shop at Mulobezi market, asked me on a Wednesday afternoon.
“This morning,” I replied. She told me that I was lucky.
“Lucky?” I thought to myself. I couldn’t understand why she said I was lucky after I spent 25 hours on a stretch of 162 kilometres on that train.
But as I was later to learn, Ms Njobvu was right.
Jane Tembo, who I interviewed on the train on a Tuesday night, boarded the same returning train from Bombwe on a Thursday on her return from business and CLICK TO READ MORE

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