Kenya Railways has taken delivery of yet another batch of locomotives and rolling stock that will be deployed on the Standard Gauge Railway line. The batch which consisted of 3 passenger locomotives, 8 passenger coaches, and 120 open-top wagons arrived at the Port of Mombasa aboard two ships from China recently.
In his statement to media houses, Kenya Railways Managing Director Mr. A. K. Maina said that the locomotives will provide a vital service to the Nation and help address the growing congestion at the Port of Mombasa and on the roads in the country. He added that the expansion of the Inland Container Depot at Embakasi is in progress in anticipation of increased volume of cargo that will be transported by the SGR Freight trains. He further said that operations on the line will stimulate economic activity especially in the areas traversed by the Standard Gauge Railway line.
The Corporation received the first batch of the locomotives and rolling stock in January 2017 with the second, third and fourth batches arriving in the month of February, 2017. To date Kenya Railways has received eight (8) freight haulage heavy duty locomotives for mainline use out of the total expected forty three (43), two (2) shunting locomotives out of the eight (8) on order and 330 wagons out of the total order of 1,620. Five (5) passenger locomotives and forty (40) passenger coaches have been delivered as per the order.
The locomotives and rolling stock delivered earlier have been inspected and are currently being subjected to comprehensive static and dynamic tests in order to ensure they are in good condition before acceptance. Testing commenced early this month and the passenger train successfully completed its maiden test journey to Mombasa from Nairobi on March 8, 2017.