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SGR in plans to increase daily freight trains to five from May - 12 months ago, 17 Apr 00:02

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The Standard Gauge Railway freight service received a major boost after the largest container shipping line ran two full block trains from Mombasa to Nairobi Inland Container Depot.

This was the first time the SGR freight train was carrying cargo exclusive to a shipping line. The whole consignment belongs to clients who had nominated the Nairobi ICD as their final destination.

The two trains, with 108 exclusive Maersk Cargo each, left Mombasa at 2:00pm and 4:00pm respectively, destined for Nairobi.

Kenya Railways business, commercial and operations team leader James Siele said the cargo was being offloaded straight from the ship and loaded directly on SGR freight trains.

“This saves time and we expect the first train to reach Nairobi before the ship sets sail from the port,” said Siele.

He said Kenya Railways is now transporting daily freights and plans to increase to five trains.

“We are now doing four trains that transport 432 containers daily. ...
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