A Documentary film on Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) by Kenya Railways Corporation will be airing on ST Swahili Channel 160 on the DTT platform and channel 400 on the DTH as from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th January, 2017.
The five passenger trains have arrived in Mombasa and are part of the 56 locomotives expected in the country prior to the launch of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in June 2017.
It is believed that the new train would have super speed, in fact twice as fast as ordinary bus. From Mombasa to Nairobi, a passenger will take not more than 4 hours, and the beauty of travelling on train is that traffic jam will be a thing of the past.
The ultra-modern 6,000 litre diesel-powered locomotives can run at a top speed of 158 kilometers per hour and have an overall length of 220 meters.
Kenya Railways will receive forty passenger coaches which will have varying capacities with the economy class accommodating 118 passengers in each coach and 72 in the First-Class coach. Its low-weight and optimized aerodynamic design will reduce fuel consumption substantially. The fleet will consist of 3 models: passenger, freight and shunting locomotives.
The Managing Director Kenya Railways, Atanas Maina will be at the Port of Mombasa to receive the first batch of Passenger Trains and coaches on Saturday, 28th January 2017 at 10 AM.
The locomotives and rolling stock of the SGR project have been manufactured by CRRC Qishuyan Corporation Limited, which is the largest locomotive manufacturer in the world.
When completed, the modern, high capacity Standard Gauge Railway is expected to carry up to 1,000,000 passengers per annum, with two pairs of trains running per day, for the first four years. SGR will also run freight trains with 54 double stack flat wagons.