Another batch of locomotives and rolling stock that will be used on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line has arrived in Kenya.
Commenting on the delivery, Kenya Railways Managing Director Dr. Atanas Maina said the SGR would add more value to the transport and logistics sector in the country by increasing mobility, reducing congestion at the Port and on roads and removing other major inefficiencies in the transport of people and goods.
The batch included three passenger locomotives, eight passenger coaches and 120 open-top wagons.
SGR operations will feature freight and two passenger train services.
The Intercity passenger train will operate an express service between Mombasa and Nairobi stopping only at Mtito Andei for passengers going in the opposite direction to alight.
The County passenger train will stop at each of the seven intermediate stations at Mariakani, Maiseny, Voi, Mtito Andei, Kibwezi, Emali and Athi River on its way to either Nairobi or Mombasa to allow residents on said areas access the SGR transport services.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport James Macharia welcomed the first batch of SGR locomotives to the country at the Port Reiz Station Mombasa in January 2017.
Three more batches were delivered from China in February.
The locomotives and rolling stock already delivered have been inspected and have since March been taken through comprehensive static and dynamic tests in order to ensure compliance with safety standards.
The SGR passenger train made its successful maiden trip to Mombasa earlier this month.
More locomotives are expected as the roll out of the SGR line operations continues.
The construction of the track also continues with the extension of the completed Mombasa to Nairobi section to Malaba; and construction of the Nairobi to Naivasha section set to commence later this year.