RVR gets locomotives

The Rift Valley Railways (RVR) has received three new electric locomotives as a measure to boost the industrial sector.
The trains will increase RVR’s cargo haulage capacity to about one million tonnes, the company said in a statement. The procured equipments are part of a Shs 60bn purchase to acquire 20 locomotives that are expected in the country soon. The trains have the capacity to move 1,200 tonnes.
Speaking at the function at RVR main offices in Kampala this week, the chairman RVR, Charles Mbiire, said it takes time to bring in such assets.
“We had to reestablish the company, borrow and these are not things you pick from the shelves. We are not the only country that buys them [locomotives]. So, you have to order for them and sometimes they can take two to three years,” Mbiire said.
Mbiire explained that a one-way trip from Mombasa to Kampala will now take less than four days, down from eight days


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