Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) has acquired four fully rebuilt locomotives from Grindrod Rail in South Africa as part of its efforts to modernize railway transportation and relieve road congestion.
The locomotives have a hauling capability of 750 to 1500 tons and a life expectancy of 35 to 40 years, depending on how well they are maintained. They have an 18-ton axle load.
Musa Francis Ecweru, the State Minister for Work, stated that the government will not allow URC to die while getting the locomotives.
“This institution should not face the consequences of Uganda airlines,” he remarked, despite the fact that it had a concessions dispute with Rift Valley Railways, which is now in court.
He claims that the government will back URC’s vision of reducing road congestion and damage caused by heavy vehicles.
The four locomotives are part of the five they were anticipating, according to David Musiime, Senior Commercial Officer in Charge of Operations URC, who added that the last one will come next week.
The locomotives will be used to transport both imports and exports, and they will be added to help support the available rail traffic to and from Kampala.