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Kenya Railways Corporation receives new locomotives and rolling stock for SGR shipment service

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has received more shipment locomotives and wagons for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) cargo service operations.

Atanas Maina, the Corporation’s Managing Director, graced the offloading ceremony at the Port of Mombasa.

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Speaking during the offloading exercise, Mr. Maina said that the corporation was working round the clock to have the shipment transport services commence.

“Construction of the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Embakasi is at an advanced stage and is due for completion in the month of September,” he added.

ICD will play a major role at the port of Mombasa by holding freight which will be cleared at the Port.

According to Maina, KRC has been receiving locomotives and other rolling stock over the course of the year.

Presently, the Corporation has received additional freight locomotives and more importantly the X2k series wagons.

The wagons will allow double stacking of containers during transportation. This is to allow transportation of huge amounts of cargo on one train.

Kenya bets on railway transport sector to play a big role in decongesting the Port of Mombasa and even the roads.

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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.

To date Kenya Railways has received 940 wagons out of the 1620 on order. They include the passenger, freight and shunting locomotives and the passenger coaches.

About Kenya Railways Corporation

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), also Kenya Railways (KR) is the national railway of Kenya established in 1977. It is a state corporation.

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Dennis Ayemba
Country/ Features Editor, Kenya


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