The first batch of six freight locomotives to be used on the new Standard Gauge Railway, one of Kenya’s biggest ever infrastructure projects, have arrived in the country.

The locomotives were Monday offloaded from the vessel carrier MV Kota Bistari onto a rail track laid alongside Berth 11 at the Port of Mombasa and are expected to be officially unveiled by Transport Cabinet Secretary (Minister) James Macharia here Wednesday.

Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Catherine Mturi-Wairi led the port fraternity in witnessing the intricate process of offloading the gigantic locomotives which will operate on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina said the second batch, comprising four more freight engines and two passenger train locomotives, would arrive next month.

He said the passenger coaches were being manufactured and would be imported to Kenya either next month or in March.

Kenya Railways has procured a total of 56 locomotives, 40 passenger coaches and 1,620 wagons for rolling stock to be used for the SGR.

Construction of railway stations along the SGR route from Mombasa to Nairobi is 97.13 per cent done while installation of signaling facilities along the rail network is at 88.89 percent complete.

The Kenya Ports Authority has shipped in eight specialized cranes to be used at the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi to handle cargo which would be ferried there via the Standard Gauge Railway.

It is expected that 1,200 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) would be ferried by the Standard Gauge Railway by five trains daily, vastly expanding the logistics capability of the country.