The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) started renovating 31 trains ahead of the launch of the Nairobi – Kisumu train service.
In a statement shared on Wednesday, April 28, the company noted that the renovation was being carried out by state-owned Numerical Machining Complex (NMC) Limited.
The revelation was made by KRC President Major General (Rtd) Pastor Awitta in a joint meeting with Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC) President John Ngumi.
The two had made a familiarization tour of the digital machining complex in the workshops of the Nairobi Central Railway.
Kenya Railways Bridge at Michina, Molo.
The project is carried out in partnership with the Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF).
“Kenya Railways is renovating 31 locomotives to increase capacity for operations along the Longonot – Malaba Meter Gauge Railway (MGR) section and Nakuru-Kisumu MGR branch which are currently under rehabilitation.
“Of the 31 locomotives, 9 are being rehabilitated and another 22 are being overhauled as part of the Kenya Railways-Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) partnership,” a statement read. of the KRC.
In mid-April, the company announced that it had embarked on an ambitious multibillion-dollar rehabilitation project for the Longonot-Eldoret-Malaba metric gauge line.
Awitta estimated that the work would take between seven and eight months to complete.
The two projects are in addition to various railway lines that have been under rehabilitation in recent months with the aim of connecting the Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to the Western region.
Towards the end of March, the KRC embarked on the renovation of the Nairobi-Kisumu railway, which cost Ksh 3.7 billion.
“The project aims to improve freight and passenger transport to Kisumu and neighboring Uganda and Tanzania via Lake Victoria.
“It also connects the port of Kisumu with Naivasha ICD and the port of Mombasa, opening up the region to a huge number of possibilities,” said an engineer overseeing the project at the time.
A Kenyan Railways DF8B locomotive.