Monday, 7 January 2008

TRL spends $30m in leasing locomotive

From The East African

The Tanzania Railways Ltd will lease 15 reconditioned locomotives from Indian rail giant Rites to replace its dilapidated fleet.

The five-year lease will cost Tanzania Railways (TRL) $30 million.

Five locomotives that will run on the firm’s central line system are expected in mid-January.

TRL managing director, Narasimhaswami Jayaram told The EastAfrican that the rail operator is facing shortage of locomotives, frustrating its transport schedules for cargo and passengers along the Dar es Salaam - Mwanza and Tabora-Kigoma routes. These are the main arteries of the country’s rail transport system.

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