The first batch of SGR locomotives have arrived in the country.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia yesterday led a delegation of government officials in receiving the locomotives in Mombasa. The initial batch consisted of 4 freight locomotives and 2 shunting locomotives.

The CS revealed that the first phase of the SGR project is 99% complete. The government has promised that the new railway will be in operation beginning June 1, this year.

However, commercial operations are expected to start in January 2018.

In total, 56 locomotives have been ordered for the operations of the SGR.

Most of them (43) have been allocated to freight, with the passenger locomotives totalling only 5. The remaining 8 will be used for shunting operations.

Here are some pics from yesterday.

In the meantime, the new rail is turning out to be very picturesque. Here are some new photos.

The stations are also coming up well. Here’s Athi River station.

Photos courtesy of Skyscrapercity