Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has received 60 wagons in its first batch of freight wagons set to be deployed at the Standard Gauge Railway project. The wagons were offloaded under the supervision of China Road and Bridges Corporation, contractors of the project.

The freight wagons are railway vehicles that will be used for cargo transport between Mombasa and Nairobi and form part of the first batch of 1,620 wagons.They are expected to haul an estimated 4,000 tonnes per trip, which will see haulage of cargo on the SGR rise by 22 million tonnes annually.

In January, the state agency (KRC) received the first batch of the passenger trains and coaches at the Port of Mombasa. The first batch of the passenger locomotives are part of the 56 locomotives expected in the country prior to the launch of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in June 2017.

The ultra-modern 6,000 litre diesel-powered locomotives can run at a top speed of 158 kilometres per hour. They have an overall length of 220 meters. Moreover, they will accommodate a capacity of 1,096 passengers reducing travel time between the operational routes.

The project has also received C70E open wagon cable of carrying up to 7 tonnes per wagon at the Port of Mombasa and the Mombasa West Railway Station construction is set to be completed by May 2017.

Recently, Tanzania signed a pact with Turkey and Portugal firms to construct its own SGR line. The 2,561 km of length will connect its main port of Dar es Salaam to landlocked neighbours Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Rwanda and Uganda

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