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Thursday, 27 July 2017

FG takes delivery of two standard gauge locomotives from China

FG takes delivery of two standard gauge locomotives from China

THE Federal Government on Thursday took delivery of two double-end-drivers-cabin Standard gauge locomotives engines from the Peoples Republic of China.

The Hon Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who was on hand to take delivery of the two locomotives, which were discharged at the ENL Terminal of the Lagos Ports Complex (LPC), explained that the two locomotives are part of a 20 locomotives engines expected to arrive the country for the commencement of standard gauge rail operations in Nigeria.

Representing the Hon Minister of Transportation, Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr Fidet Okhiria, stated that ten more locomotives are expected to arrive the country by September.

According to the NRC MD, “these two locomotives are specifically designed for passenger train movement. This locomotive have inbuilt power supply. This is unprecedented. It is designed for 150km per hour rail services and it is double-end driver’s cabin.

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What this means is that on both ends of the locomotive, there is a drivers cabin. What we used to have is a locomotive with only one driver’s cabin on one side. “

On the 20 locomotives expected into the country, the NRC MD explained that, “these two locomotives were ordered in 2014. The 10 locomotives that we ordered in Aril, 2017, the company manufacturing them has asked that we come for factory acceptance test.

We hope that by September, these ten coaches will arrive the country. The government just approved another seven locomotives, and we are in the process of raising letters of credit for those ones.

“With these two new additions, we intend to increase our return trips because the new locomotives will be running at a speed of 130km per hour as against the 90km per hour we are currently doing.

“The locomotives will be put to use for the Nigerian standard gauge rail project, although for now, we are only doing the Kaduna-Abuja standard gauge rail.”

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