#Tanzania Set to Become First East African Country to Have Electric Trains

-The Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) is expecting more than 40 trains that will operate on the newly built Standard Gauge Railway (SGR);

-The local engineers will operate the locomotives upon their training by their South Korean counterparts;

-Tanzania’s Ministry of Works and Transport confirmed most part of the SGR was complete, adding that the trains will ply the Dar es Salaam-Morogoro line.

-According to Business Daily, the first batch of the trains are expected to be received by the end of 2021.

TUKO.co.ke: The Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) said the arrival of the locomotives will help operationalise a section of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), which is said to be more than 90% complete.

Tanzania’s Works and Transport ministry confirmed that TRC had signed an agreement with South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem contracted to deliver the trains.

“Earlier, we procured 42 electric locomotives from Germany and South Korea. Once they arrive in November, testing of the SGR section from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro will commence,” said the ministry in a statement.

Tanzanian engineers to be trained

Upon arrival of the trains, the South Korean firm will also be tasked to school the Tanzanian engineers on how to run them.

“In every contract that we have signed so far, there is a component that compels the teaching of local experts on maintenance, signals and driving. We want more local engineers to be competent in all the aspects,” added the ministry.

The trains will cruise at a speed of 160 kilometres per hour and will be running parallel to the old rail.Tanzania is keen on rebuilding its rail system, in which the old locomotives dominated.

In 2015, the government announced it would allocate US$14.2 billion of commercial loans to build new rail infrastructure across the country before 2021.It looks forward to making itself a transport hub in the East and Central Africa region.

The country will be joining Ethiopia, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt and Algeria, the African countries that have built the electric rail system.

The Project

Tanzania is currently building an SGR network which will link the territory of the port of Dar es Salaam to the hinterland, leading to neighboring countries. For the operationalization of this vast project, investments are now oriented towards the acquisition of railway rolling stock.

Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC), the manager of the old part of the Tanzania-Zambia binational railway network, will be delivered, by Hyundai Rotem, 80 electric multiple units and 17 electric locomotives. The South Korean rail construction giant has been chosen as the preferred bidder for this important 335.4 billion South Korean won (292 million USD) market.

The electric multiple units, with 8 cars each and operating at a maximum speed of 160 km / h, will have a capacity of around 590 passengers. Delivery of the entire order is scheduled until 2024. This rolling stock will mainly be deployed on a 546 km SGR standard gauge line between Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Makutopora, some of which are still under construction.

This line is an integral part of a mega project to build a 2,500 km SGR network which will cover the territory of Tanzania from the port of Dar es Salaam to the hinterland.8.

In this case, the line should make it possible to serve neighboring states such as neighboring Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Along with this order, the country is also awaiting delivery of a batch of 59 passenger cars from another South Korean manufacturer by the name of Sung Shin Rolling Stock Technology.

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