The government has revealed that about 44 wagons and three locomotives are expected to arrive in the country in December this year for the Dar- Isaka railway.
The government is overseeing the upgrade of an ambitious 970Kms central corridor railway transport network.
Meanwhile ,the government has unveiled some recently refurbished Locomotives.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, Dr Leonard Chamuriho, had in May said that the government is finalising procurement of two locomotives, eight compartments and wagons that will ply the Dar es Salaam-Morogoro section of the Standard Gauge Railway line (SGR).
“We expect the construction work from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro to be completed anytime from June, but we project the work will be fully completed by the end of this year” he said.
In another development, a senior officer with the Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC), who asked for anonymity, said they plan to start formal testing of the new engines soon.
According to him, the project contractor is in the process of procuring testing trains that are expected to arrive anytime to continue with the work.
He could not reveal the budget allocated to the purchase, saying it was too early to reveal the figures. He promised the amount will soon be made public.
The first phase of the SGR project from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro covers 300 kilometres.It was initially scheduled to be ready last November but heavy rains disrupted the works.
The meteorological department had issued a warning of heavy rainfall expected in March and April.The first deadline was missed when the drilling works for a tunnel near Morogoro, building of bridges and placement of culverts were paralysed by heavy rains.
The first phase will have six main stations at Dar es Salaam, Pugu, Soga, Ruvu, Ngerengere and Morogoro, with the Dar es Salaam and Morogoro stations being the largest.