CANARAIL (now SYSTRA Canada) Wins Another Major Contract in Tanzania
25 August 2015

CANARAIL (now SYSTRA Canada) Wins Another Major Contract in Tanzania

Conclusion of an agreement with Reli Assets Holding Company (RAHCO) for the inspection and capacity rating of railway bridges.

CANARAIL’s President and CEO, Miguel Valero, is proud to announce the conclusion of our agreement with RAHCO, the Rail Infrastructure Manager in Tanzania, for the inspection and capacity rating of railway bridges.

The overall objectives of the project (under World Bank funding) is to update the existing bridge and culvert register for Tanzania’s Central and Mwanza lines and identify the structural rehabilitation work needed to allow operations of inter-modal container trains with 15 tonnes/axle loads.

The work is to be carried out in two phases: prioritizing the structures on the Dar es Salaam to Isaka Route in Phase 1, and covering the structures on the Tabora‐Kigoma line and the Isaka‐Mwanza portion of the Mwanza Line in Phase 2.

In essence, the work comprises:

  • Collecting sufficient data to evaluate the load-carrying capacity of all structures, to expand the existing bridge register, and accurately reflect the current condition of the bridges and culverts on these routes;
  • In response to Tanzania’s “Big Results NOW Program”, developing optimum solutions for the strengthening of structures necessary to introduce dedicated “Block Trains” with 15 tonnes/axle loads and speeds of up to 75 k m/h within a limited budget;
  • Preparing the structural design, specifications and cost estimates for the upgrading of the structures currently rated “E”.

This new mandate strengthens CANARAIL’s position as a leader in railway disciplines and as an important industry player in Eastern Africa. This new project comes shortly after the completion of CANARAIL’s preliminary engineering study for the construction of a new railway line between Isaka, Kigali and Musongati (Burundi) and the upgrading of the existing infrastructure between Dar es Salaam and Isaka.


Founded in 1991, CANARAIL is a Quebec-based rail consulting and engineering firm that specializes in mining, heavy haul freight, and urban domains. CANARAIL is known for its expertise in feasibility studies, consulting, detailed design, and the supervision of construction of major projects across all components of a railway project: infrastructure, rolling stock, systems, operations, etc. Over the last 25 years, CANARAIL has participated in over 800 projects in Canada, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, North America, Australia, Europe, and Latin America.

Among our accomplishments:

  • Eastern Canada: Feasibility Study for a 330 multi-user mining railway in Northern Quebec (ongoing);
  • Western Canada: Refurbishment of the Rocky Mountaineer fleet’s GoldLeaf cars (ongoing);
  • Saudi Arabia: feasibility study, engineering and supervision of the construction of a new 2,400-km rail link: North South Railway (85% completed);
  • Afghanistan: feasibility study for a new 600-km rail link in northern Afghanistan (ongoing);
  • East Africa: feasibility study for the improvement of the accessibility of rail services in Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania (completed in 2014);
  • Bangladesh: feasibility study of seven different railway projects to improve the Trans-Asia connectivity (ongoing).

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