Dec 5, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Tanzania tests electric train on new SGR line, hits top speed of 160km/h

Tanzania has started testing its first Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) electric train along the Dar-es-Salaam and Morogoro section.

The Tanzania SGR reached a speed of 160 km/ h to the Kenyan SGR, which uses diesel and can travel at speeds of up to 120 km/h.

The new SGR train is expected to be able to travel at speeds of 160 km/h once it is operational, which is essentially twice the speed of an ordinary bus.

The SRG line between Dar-es-Salaam City and Morogoro train station is 300 kilometers long.

On Sunday, Tanzania’s top government spokesman shared a short clip of the electric SGR during their first test via their official social media.

The majority of Tanzanians have reservations about the efficiency of an electrically powered locomotive, considering that Tanzania always suffers from regular power outages .

Tans ania is building the new SGR targeting to replace the rather outdated and less efficient gauge railway system established during the colonial East African Railways.

This proposed standard gauge railway with wider and stronger tracks supports compared to the older one Meter Gauge Railway (MGR) will carry heavier loads at higher speeds.

In May, the government said that delays in the completion of the Julius Nyerere Dam, which will allow citizens to generate electricity to power locomotives on the SGR, are causing heavy loads will have to wait longer before they can ride the electric train.

According to officials, the dam’s construction schedule has been revised and the completion date has been pushed back to 2024.

Railway lines will be supplemented with overhead contact lines to to provide electricity to the trains and wagons.

The project will be developed in five phases, starting from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro over a length of 300 kilometers which is now complete is lost.

The second phase of the railway line runs from Morogoro to Makutupora and stretches for 422 kilometers.

Another recently unveiled phase 3 target connecting Makutupora to Tabora Town along a 294 kilometer route.

From there, the country will start the fourth phase with a length of 130 kilometers to connect Tabora with Isaka.

Isaka will be a branching point . Here, in Phase 4, an arm will extend as far as Mwanza with an additional 249 kilometers to resolve the Dar Lake Zone SGR grid in the country having secured the cheapest railway construction deal in the region as it will spend almost half what Kenya spent on building the first phase from Mombasa to Nairobi.

Kenya’s line between Mombasa and Nairobi, the was slightly longer, by about 50 kilometers, was built for $3.8 billion.