Kenya Railways received more freight locomotives and wagons for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) cargo service operations. The offloading ceremony, which was graced by the Corporation’s Managing Director Mr. Atanas Maina, took place on July 15 to 17, 2017 at the Port of Mombasa.
Speaking during the offloading exercise, Mr. Maina said that the Corporation is working round the clock to have the Freight transport services commence soon. He pointed out that construction of the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Embakasi is at an advanced stage and is due for completion in the month of September. The ICD, he said, is a key installation for freight services and will hold freight which will be cleared at the Port of Mombasa.
“As you are aware, we have been receiving the locomotives and other rolling stock over the course of the year. Today we have received additional freight locomotives and more importantly the X2k series wagons. These wagons will allow for double stacking of containers during transportation. This is will enable us transport huge amounts of cargo on one train. This way the railway transport sector will play a big role in decongesting the Port of Mombasa and even the roads,” he said.
The Ship, Vessel Da Qing Xia, docked at berth 11 of the Port, delivering 18 freight locomotives and 60 wagons designed for double-stacking of containers. The freight service is set to commence by the end of the year.
To date Kenya Railways has received 940 wagons out of the 1620 on order. The passenger, freight and shunting locomotives, along with the passenger coaches, have all been delivered on order.