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March 24, 2018

105,000 have travelled by the Madaraka Express – Kenya Railways

Kenya Railways MD Atanas Maina at the Mombasa Port on Saturday. /Elkana Jacob
Kenya Railways MD Atanas Maina at the Mombasa Port on Saturday. /Elkana Jacob

The standard gauge railway passenger train has transported more than 105,000 passengers in the last 47 days since the launch, Kenya Railways Corporation MD Atanas Maina has said.

The Madaraka Express, launched on May 31 by President Uhuru Kenyatta, has been a sweeping sensation for Kenyan travellers.

The passenger service operates two daily trains between Mombasa and Nairobi.

Maina said it has been doing an average of 98 per cent occupancy since the launch.

“Each of the trains carries an average of 1,480 passengers daily,” he said.

Last week, one of the locomotives pulling the passenger coaches developed mechanical problems at Kibwezi and KRC was forced to bring in another locomotive to rescue the train.

Maina said the component of contraction that changes alternating current to direct current had developed problems and the locative shut down.

“The problem was resolved within 89 minutes,” he said on Saturday in Mombasa.

He spoke at the Port of Mombasa when he received a new consignment of double-stack wagons and 18 new locomotives for freight services.

The wagons received on Saturday fall under series X2k, which allows for double stacking of containers.

This will reduce decongestion of the port and Mombasa Road, Maina said.

The wagons have a capacity of carrying either four 20-foot containers, two 40-foot containers or three containers—two 20-foot and one 40-foot.

This is the last batch of wagons this year. More are expected next year, Maina said.

Freight tariffs will be announced later.

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