Nigeria on Thursday received two double-end drivers’ cabin gauge locomotives while expecting ten more to arrive the country from China. Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, took the delivery on behalf of the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi at the ENL Terminal of the Lagos Port Complex.
The two locomotives were part of 20 locomotive engines expected to arrive the country for the commencement of standard gauge rail operations in Nigeria. They are specifically designed for passenger train movement. It is designed for 150km per hour rail services and it is a double-end drivers’ cabin.
Okhiria said that hopefully, the 10 coaches would arrive the country by September. “With these two new additions, we intend to increase our return trips because the new locomotives would 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.’’ the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi had said in Lagos on July 10, 2017 that the Federal Government would ensure the completion of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail service by December 2018.