In time for the Easter weekend travel rush, an African
rail company has launched brand-spanking new passenger
wagons to its line.
The Tanzania Railway Corporation yesterday sent 22 shiny
new train wagons enroute from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma.
The new equipment, sourced from South Korea at a cost of
nearly 29 billion Tanzania shillings, will operate as a
new deluxe train unit with less stops enroute, which
will cut the journey time by several hours.
The new wagons are, according to a statement seen from
the Managing Director of Tanzania Railways, equipped
with sockets to charge phones and computers and, still
to be verified, apparently offers Wi-Fi connections. All
passengers will travel seated and their number is
limited to the available seats or sleeper compartments
on the train.
The so called “Central Line” on which this train will
run is also due for upgrade and modernization from
narrow gauge tracks to standard gauge tracks, which when
ready, will connect not just domestic destinations
within Tanzania at more than triple the average speed of
trains now but also extend to Rwanda.
The new line, estimated to cost at present prices just
under US$8 billion, is due to link Kigali with the
present railway head in Isaka and is also expected to
extend, via rail ferry from Mwanza, to a new port
outside Kampala. When complete, this rail line will
offer an alternative to the Mombasa – Nairobi – Kampala
– Juba/Kigali standard gauge railway which is presently
under construction in Kenya, while Uganda, South Sudan,
and Rwanda have yet to commence work to link up to the
Additional rail projects are planned between the new
port of Lamu to Addis Ababa and Juba under the LAPSSET
initiative, while in Tanzania a new railway from Dar es
Salaam to Mtwara, the country’s gas capital, is also