Electric Train Test Drives on New Standard Gauge Railways From Dar to Morogoro
An electric train engine has started trial runs along the new Standard Gauge Railway lines linking Dar and Morogoro
Cruise auditions for the proposed electric passenger and cargo train on Tanzania’s new Standard Gauge Railway line continue along the Dar-es-salaam and Morogoro section.
It is being expected that, once commissioned for service, the new SGR train should be able to travel at the velocity of 160 kilometers per hour, which is essentially twice the speed of an ordinary bus.
The SRG line between Dar-es-salaam City and Morogoro Station measures 300 kilometers.
However most people are still on reservations regarding efficiency of an electric powered locomotive, taking into considerations that Tanzania always suffer regular power outtages.
Tanzania is building the new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) targeting to replace the rather aged and less efficient meter-gauge railway system, established during the colonial East African Railways.
This proposed Standard Gauge Railway featuring wider and firmer tracks supports heavier loads coupled with higher speed, compared to the older Meter Gauge Railway (MGR).
Featuring a rail track gauge measuring 1435 mm wide, a standard gauge (SGR) railway, also called Stephenson gauge, is the most widely used railway track gauge in the world.
At least 55 percent of all the lines on the globe are SGR railways.
Railway lines are complemented with overhead powerlines to supply electricity to the trains and wagons.
The project gets developed in five phases starting from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro at 300 kilometers, which is now complete.
The Railway line’s Phase Two runs from Morogoro to Makutupora, covering 422 kilometers.
Another recently unveiled Phase Three targets to link Makutupora to Tabora Town along a track measuring 294 kilometers long.
From there, the country will embark on the Fourth Phase measuring 130 kilometers to link Tabora with Isaka.
Isaka is going to be the branching point. Here one arm will be extending to Mwanza with an added 249 kilometers in Phase Four to wind up the in-country, Dar to Lake Zone SGR network.