SGR’s two locomotives, 30 wagons set for April

27Jan 2022
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
SGR’s two locomotives, 30 wagons set for April

​​​​​​​THE government has procured locomotives and wagons worth $350.29m (over 800bn/-) to be used on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) managing director Masanja Kadogosa.

Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) managing director Masanja Kadogosa told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, said the rolling stock will arrive in phases starting April, including 30 passenger wagons and two locomotives worth euro 26.6m from Germany.

Earlier, 59 coaches worth $ 58m were procured from South Korea for longer routes, along with engines for trial runs at the Dar es Salaam-Morogoro section which is nearing completion, he said.

 “The global pandemic has to a great extent caused delays, but I am informed that they will start arriving in the country by the end of April,” he said.

Once the SGR is operating, private companies will be allowed to run passenger and cargo wagons and pay some fees for the use of the railway, he stated, urging investors to be prepared to join the SGR project by getting ready to procure wagons.

Last year the government set aside 11.3bn/- to buy 65 SGR wagons for trial runs which were to start towards the end of the year.

Dr Leonard Chamuriho, the former minister for Works and Transport, said at that time that the target was to ensure that operation begin as soon as the first section of the railway is completed, with preparations involve the training of drivers, technicians and signal cadres continuing, to enable them to cope with new technology.

The government had also set aside over 29.4bn/- to rebuild five locomotives and over 7.9bn/- for five shunting locomotives, with about 7.5bn/- set aside for renovating 37 coaches and 600 cargo wagons.

Purchasing was also being processed for 100 wagons at over 18.8bn/- for the meter-gauge railway, spare parts for three locomotives priced at 3bn/- and wagon coaches spare parts priced at 6.5bn/-, while other machinery was allocated 6.5bn/-.

SGR construction was concurrent with renovating the meter gauge to improve its carriage capacity, he had affirmed.

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