Lobito, Benguela Railway, Angola, 1950s
AN ORIGINAL vintage poster probably dating from the late 1950s promoting the 1,300-km Benguela Railway, or Caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB), linking the mineral-rich regions of south central Africa with the Atlantic.
100cm x 62 cm
Good. There are pinholes and a 5cm tear at bottom with no loss of paper. If you would like to know more please get in touch.
The Benguela Railway, whose western terminus is the port of Lobito, just north of the town of Benguela, was completed in 1929 and offered the fastest freight route to Europe and America from the copperbelts of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and the Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo). The place-names are from the colonial era. The image top left shows a wood-burning steam locomotive, Garratt Class 10C no 338, built by Bayer Peacock in Manchester in 1950/52. The Benguela line was badly damaged in the Angolan civil war of the 1970s and fell into virtual disuse, but reopened in 2016 after reconstruction by a Chinese company. No printer is identified and the publisher is presumably CFB.