Zambia and Rhodesia: Prisoners of the Past: A Note on the History of Railway Politics in Central Africa

Central Africa’s railways were built in a somewhat haphazard way at the turn of the century. Mainly the discovery of minerals led to the construction of railways. The independence of Zambia and the closure of the Zambia-Rhodesia border made the two countries a prison of the past. With the Tanzam railway moving towards completion, Zambia will be able to escape it. For Rhodesia it will be rather more difficult as there is no alternative source of high-rated traffic available.

Title: Zambia and Rhodesia: Prisoners of the Past: A Note on the History of Railway Politics in Central Africa
Author: Katzenellenbogen, Simon E.
Year: 1974
Periodical: African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Volume: 73
Issue: 290
Period: January
Pages: 63-66
Language: English
Geographic terms: Zambia
Zimbabwe
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/720981
Abstract: Central Africa’s railways were built in a somewhat haphazard way at the turn of the century. Mainly the discovery of minerals led to the construction of railways. The independence of Zambia and the closure of the Zambia-Rhodesia border made the two countries a prison of the past. With the Tanzam railway moving towards completion, Zambia will be able to escape it. For Rhodesia it will be rather more difficult as there is no alternative source of high-rated traffic available.