The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has received a delivery of five train coaches as it’s quest to adopt a modernised railway operation in the country.
The Standard Coach Makeup
The three standard coach they say, has the capacity to accommodate 80 passengers; one executive coach with capacity for 56; and one parcel/Guard Van coach.
Mr Kabir Zayyana, NRC’s Acting Director of Mechanical, Electrical, Signal and Communication, told NAN in Lagos that the contract for the coaches was awarded by the Federal Government in 2015. Zayyana said the coaches would be deployed by May on its standard gauge operation between Kaduna and Abuja.
We have received from our contractor the coaches which we are going to use to run our standard gauge from Abuja to Kaduna.
The ship arrived on March 2; we started off-loading them since yesterday and they will be moved from Lagos Port to Abuja via road.
Recall: The Nigeria’s first high speed plying the Abuja–Kaduna route will commence operation in February or March of the year, Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr. Adeseyi Sijuwade, has said.
The 186.5km standard gauge track was built by the China Railway Construction Corporation with double lines over a period of three years at a cost of $850m. It has nine stations and the train runs at 150km per hour.
According to Sijuwade’s statement
Next month, we’ll be taking delivery of modern coaches to run on the standard gauge line, specifically for the Abuja-Kaduna line, so that that service can commence immediately. We’re looking at February/March for the service to commence.
The train coaches was delivered in accordance to the Federal Government earlier approval of N1.1bn for the purchase of two modern diesel/electric locomotives to run on the new rail line.