Tanzania Accelerates Towards Modern Rail Era with Electric Standard Gauge Railway Trials

In a transformative move towards modernizing its transportation infrastructure, Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) has commenced high-speed trials on its electric standard gauge railway (SGR) line, heralding a new era of connectivity and efficiency across the nation.TRC launched the inaugural trial journey of the electric SGR train, covering 300 kilometers from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro. This milestone signifies Tanzania’s ambitious endeavor to replace its aging meter-gauge railway system and elevate its cargo and passenger rail capabilities.

The South Korean-made train, operating on the Turkish-Chinese-built railway line, promises to be one of Africa’s most advanced systems, boasting speeds of up to 160 km per hour. TRC Director General Masanja Kadogosa highlighted that this enhanced speed will drastically reduce travel times, with the Dar to Morogoro journey expected to shrink to a mere two hours, compared to four hours by bus and five hours on the old railway.Scheduled for full service commissioning in July 2024, the SGR project’s first phase spans from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, with future phases extending up to Mwanza and Kigoma. This development aligns with Tanzania’s strategic vision to enhance regional trade connectivity by linking neighboring countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The comprehensive trials encompass testing of not only the electric track and engines but also the wagons, focusing on critical aspects like braking systems, noise reduction, comfort, and stability. The fleet, consisting of four electric train engines and 62 wagons, will soon expand with the arrival of five additional engines by March.The SGR line’s impact is expected to transcend domestic boundaries, alleviating cargo congestion on major highways and significantly reducing business costs throughout the Great Lakes region. With its potential to bridge urban-rural divides and enhance cross-border trade, Tanzania’s leap into the electric SGR era promises transformative benefits for both domestic and regional economies

This development underscores Tanzania’s commitment to embracing cutting-edge technologies and infrastructure solutions to propel its economic growth and bolster regional integration. The electrification of Tanzania’s railways heralds a new chapter in the country’s transportation history, propelling it towards a more connected, efficient, and sustainable future.

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