FCE - Fianarantsoa Cote Est
The spectacular FCE train line links the highland city of Fianarantsoa with the east coast town of Manakara. Built between 1926 and 1936, it traverses some of Madagascar's most scenic countryside on its 163 km path from the high plateau to the sea. The line, which is one of the three steepest in the world (along with Birma and Ecuador), has no fewer than 67 bridges and 48 tunnels and offers the traveler magnificent vistas as it descends the escarpment east of Fianarantsoa.
Madarail is a registered company in Antananarivo, Madagascar and has been granted a 25-year concession to operate the Northern railway network by the Government of Madagascar. Operations started on July 1st, 2003. The total network of approximately 650 km is divided into three main sections. The TCE line (from the port of Toamasina to the capital city of Antananarivo), the TA line (from the capital city to Antsirabe) and the MLA line (Moramanga to the Lake Alaotra).