× Digital News Videos Health & Science Opinion Education Columnists Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Kibaki Cabinets Arts & Culture Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
Watch The Tokyo Olympics 2020 live online

Kenya Railways imports special SGR engines

By Philip Mwakio | September 21st 2015
Some of the special locomotives to be used in the laying of the standard gauge railway track leaving Mombasa port for Mtito Andei. The locomotives will be used to lay the SGR line from Mtito Andei to Mombasa and Emali to Nairobi. [PHOTO: GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD]

MOMBASA: Special locomotive engines to be used for laying the standard gauge railway (SGR) track have already been offloaded from Mombasa port.

Kenya Railways Managing Director Athanas Maina told The Standard yesterday that the locomotives are being transported by heavy duty trailers to Mtito Andei and Emali from where the laying of the rail track will start.

The Chinese contractor, China Road & Bridges Corporation (CRBC), announced that laying of the track between Nairobi and Mombasa will begin in two places in November. Officials say the exercise will start from Mtito Andei's Kathekani area towards Mombasa while the other works towards Nairobi will start from Emali.

The MD said that all, save for only five per cent of land on the entire rail track corridor from Mombasa to Nairobi, has been procured.

On the issue of land around the Nairobi National Park, where the SGR will pass through, Mr Maina said a joint team from Kenya Railways and the Kenya Wildlife Service has started reviewing various aspects of conservation on the project.

"We have reached good consensus with the KWS Trustee Board on the need to ensure park boundaries are not altered," he said.

Maina said a special rail corridor will have a 700-metre long viaduct to ensure passage of animals.

Share this story
Macedonia declares emergency, deploys army over refugee crisis
Macedonia declared a state of emergency and called out the army on Thursday to confront a surge in migrants and refugees trying to reach western Europe, leaving several thousand stranded in no-man's land.
Why Kenyan boxers are winning medals once again
The BFK led by President Anthony ‘Jamal’ Ombok was elected into the office in 2019 and has since...