A 3200km long railway line between the city of Cape Town and Beira in Mozambique was completed on 6 October 1902.
The construction of the Beira railway to Umtali was completed in February 1989, just before the South African War (Formerly known as the Anglo-Boer War).
The first regular freight service soon began.
After its completion to Umtali, the Beira Railway was leased for operation to Pauling & Co., its constructors.
Source: South African History Online