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RVR gets Shs3 billion modern machines

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By ISMAIL MUSA LADU

Posted  Friday, January 31  2014 at  02:00

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Kampala.

Rift Valley Railway (RVR) has received what it described as two high capacity railway track maintenance machines that will automate and significantly speed up the process of refurbishing the defunct railway track (lines) maintenance.
The equipment cost about Shs3billion, according to a statement released by RVR on Wednesday.

“The machines arrived in Mombasa last weekend; and can restore a kilometre of track per hour compared to only 40 metres per hour using manual maintenance crews,” reads the statement.
“This will result in enhanced track stability and lifting of speed restrictions on the 500kms of curves along the track that will receive priority attention,” the statement reads further.

Speaking about the arrival of the equipment, RVR’s General Manager Western Mark Rumanyika said: “This is the latest Capital investment the company is making aimed at improving the quality of the line.”

“Last year we reopened Uganda’s Northern line after extensive rehabilitation and replaced 70km of worn out rail between Mombasa and Nairobi” cutting journey times between the two cities by over six hours,” he added.
However, it is understood that the equipment will be commissioned next month after RVR engineers undergoing training by the manufacturers.
Technically, maintaining optimum track alignment and uniform spreading of ballast on railway tracks is important due to the unsettling that occurs from the movement of heavy trains.

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