Kenya Railway Corporation unveils refined rail engines – KBC


Kenya Railways is upgrading 31 car engines to increase shipping capacity along the Longonot-Malaba Meter (MGR) section of the Nakuru-Kisumu MGR branch line, which is currently undergoing renovations.

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Speaking on Wednesday during an inspection of the engine repair process at the Nairobi Central Workshop in Nairobi, ICDC Chairman John Ngumi reiterated the government’s commitment to improve freight forwarding through a good rail network.

Ngumi said the project is expected to accelerate transportation during the region which relies heavily on road networks.

At the same time he revealed that major agencies including the Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC), and the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) are working together to find a lasting solution that will bring cargo to importers on time and at low cost.

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“If we can make these organizations work more efficiently, there will be no need for the government to borrow money to build the railways, as it can get dividends from the pipeline to do those jobs,” said Fist, adding, “instead of buying new engines. and whatever we have by making it work properly. “

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kenya Railways, Major General (Rtd) Pastor Umudho Awitta said that the Kenyan government and railways have started renovating the old railway system, which started with the Thika-Nanyuki railway in operation. for now.

Other railway systems being repaired are Longonot-Malaba and Nakuru-Kisumu.

However, Awitta noted that the Kisumu line which is currently undergoing renovation will be ready by June this year.

Awitta said, “if the Port is functioning properly we can deliver cargo from ships, and this requires that the Kenya Railway must be efficient to deliver these cargo to all Kenyan cities and neighboring countries.”

He said the Agency has started a rehabilitation program to enable it to deliver cargo to importers without delay.

The renovation work is in line with the government’s agenda of having a good communication network that saw the government last year establish the Kenya Transport and Transport Network (KTLN) which brings together KPA, Kenya Railways, and Kenya Pipeline under the coordination of Industry and Organization. of Business Development (ICDC).

Those present at the inspection were Engineer Martin Mumo and Judith Awuor, a Laboratory Technician at the Kenya Railways.

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