Rift Valley Railways (RVR) has commissioned three of 20 General electric B23-7 locomotives from US at a cost of US$25m. This is in efforts to boost efficiency and speed of railway transport in Kenya and Uganda. They will also help ease freight volumes and ease movement across the region.
With Kenya-Uganda railway concessionaire, these are the first locomotives to be delivered in Kenya and Uganda since 1987. The remaining 17 locomotives are expected to arrive in the next five months.
RVR is on a 25 year contract to operate railway services along Mombasa –Kampala region and Nairobi commuter services. In August 2014, RVR acquired a simulator for driver training.
Currently, RVR total capital expenditure is KES 25.2 billion enabling it hire skilled workers, implement new technology, upgrade fleet and railway track despite facing opposition from the government over delay in purchasing new locomotives and rehabilitation.