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Export of Coaches for Mozambique Ports and Railways (CFM) 


About CFM

Mozambique Ports and Railways (CFM; Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (Portugese)) is a legally constituted State-owned Company with the responsibility to operate in the area of the transport industry, the Ports and Railways Sector, and to ensure the satisfaction of the needs of the populations in terms of mobility and movement, thus contributing towards the stabilisation and the improvement of the Country’s balance of payments in addition to functioning as a promoter of employment [1].



Actual Photograph of Coach in Service with CFM


Summary of Project

CFM has received a loan of USD 95 million from Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) under GOI supported line of Credit for procurement of railway rolling stock including locomotive, passenger coaches and wagons in Mozambique and the part of loan will be applied to eligible payment under contract of Supply of ninety (90) passenger coaches and maintenance of the same for a period of 5 years. Exim bank have published EOI for the same  and various interested rolling stock manufacturers/exporters participated in EOI such as BHEL, RITES etc. Exim bank based on their pre qualification criteria declared RITES pre qualified for Passenger coaches including DEMU  and   06 Locomotives. Further Exim Bank invites bids from prequalified bidders on behalf of CFM and RITES in consultation with MCF, Raebareli (for Passenger Coaches and DEMU) and BLW, Varanasi(for Locomotives) has submitted the bid and finally on 22.05.2020 CFM issued LOA to RITES and contract was signed on 11.06.2020. The government of India (GoI) extended the line of credit (LoC) to the Government of Mozambique. The credit is planned to be utilized for the procurement of six 3000 HP diesel-electric locomotives and 90 (60 loco-hauled coaches and 30 DEMU coaches) coaches with maintenance support for five years.[2] RITES (a PSU of the Ministry of Railways) has been given the responsibility for the supply. For locomotives and coaches RITES has roped in Banaras Locomotive Works (Varanasi, UP) and Modern Coach Factory (Raebareli, UP), respectively.


Export Coaches for Mozambique Railways

MCF is going to execute its first export order to Mozambique Railways through RITES (the nominated agency for dealing export orders on behalf of IR). In this connection Representatives of Mozambique Railway Mr. M.J.Matabel, Chairman/CFM Board along with its other members visited MCF on 06.03.2019 and inspected the capabilities and facilities at MCF.

This export  order consists of Cape Gauge (1067mm) coaches - 60 loco hauled and 30 DEMU coaches (05 rakes).  The detailed breakup of variants is as under:

Sl. No.

Coach Type


Passenger Capacity


1st Class AC 2 Tier




2nd Class AC 3 Tier




Non-AC 3rd Class(GS)




2nd Class AC sitting Coach




AC Restaurant Car




Generator Car




Luggage Van




DEMU coaches -5 Rakes

(sets of 6 Coach i.e. 1 DPC + 4 TC + 1DTC)


TC = 87

DTC = 60

DPC = 0





Important Parameters


Cape Gauge

Broad Gauge (LHB)

Track Gauge

1067 mm

1676 mm

Maximum length of coach

20300 mm

24000 mm

Maximum width of coach

2950 mm

3240 mm

Height of coach from Rail level

3955 mm

4039 mm

Height of Compartment Floor from Rail Level

1155 mm

1320 mm

Coach height from sole bar bottom

3022 mm

2941 mm

Production Status (Total 69 coaches out of 90 dispatched from MCF)

Loco Hauled coaches:

  • Total 39 cocahes out of 60 ordered quantity has been dispatched from MCF.
  • First & Second rake (12 Coach each) and third rake (10 Coach) has been succesfully commissioned at Mozambiuque Railways  by MCF team.


  • All Five DEMU Rakes (30 Coaches) has been dispatched from MCF. 
  • First, Second and Third rake (composition DPC-TC-TC-TC-TC-DTC) has been successfully commissioned at Mozambique railways by MCF team.

 The shell design of above variants is on LHB platform and bogie of Loco hauled coaches is on FIAT platform while DEMU bogie is of ICF type.