In preparations for the Nairobi – Kisumu train service launch, the Kenya Railways Corporations (KRC) has begun refurbishing 31 trains.
The corporation stated that Numerical Complex (NMC) Limited, a government-owned agency, will refurbish the trains.
KRC Chairman Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Pastor Awitta announced during a joint meeting with Industrial & Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC) chairperson John Ngumi.
The two were attending a familiarization tour organized by the Numerical Machining Complex at the Nairobi Central Railway Workshops.
Other partners in the project include the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).
“Kenya Railways Corporation has embarked on a mission to refurbish 31 locomotives. This will help increase preparations along the Longonot – Malaba Metre Gauge Railway (MGR) section. The Nakuru – Kisumu MGR branch line will also benefit from the ongoing rehabilitation,” read KRC’s statement.
In mid-April, the corporation announced that it had started a multi-billion project for rehabilitating the metre-gauge railway running through Longonot – Eldoret – Malaba.
Awitta added the entire project would take between seven and eight months.
This is an addition to several ongoing railway lines under rehabilitation in the past few months. The projects aim to connect Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to the Western part of Kenya.
KRC was involved in the Nairobi – Kisumu Railway renovation towards the end of March, which cost Ksh 3.7 billion.
“The project plans to improve transportation of passengers and goods to Kisumu and neighbouring countries such as Tanzania and Uganda through Lake Victoria,” the statement read further.