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Apparently the second-hand Japanese rolling stock is also a temporary solution to the expansion of the commuter rail service because the capacity of the existing factory is full. Therefore, the commuter rail is served by both the Japanese and locally-made rolling stocks. However, a new, much bigger factory is still under construction and will roll its first batch next year after being delayed by the pandemic.
This is eye catching. The new factory hopes to tap in demand for rail services in Africa.

Man, why can’t we get a facility to also build out own trains?

Btw? Didn’t Japan supply them with technology transfer?
 

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This is eye catching. The new factory hopes to tap in demand for rail services in Africa.

Man, why can’t we get a facility to also build out own trains?

Btw? Didn’t Japan supply them with technology transfer?
If I'm not mistaken there's little technology exchange between INKA and Japanese rolling stock manufacturers. However, recently they do enter an agreement that entails some technology transfers with Stadler, as seen in the previous post.
 
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If I'm not mistaken there's little technology exchange between INKA and Japanese rolling stock manufacturers. However, recently they do enter an agreement that entails some technology transfers with Stadler, as seen in the previous post.
I see. Maybe we could enter the same agreement. It would go a long way in ensuring MGR networks in Africa remain in operation for many years to come.
 
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I see. Maybe we could enter the same agreement. It would go a long way in ensuring MGR networks in Africa remain in operation for many years to come.
I see the new factory in Indonesia as Stadler trying to secure future access to the ASEAN market which has lots of narrow gauge lines in operation within Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. It would not make financial sense to for Stadler to open a factory in Kenya as the current and future market is too small. They can serve small African markets from this Indonesian factory.

Regarding Japanese tech transfer. Japanese train manufacturers are not very keen on it. And will only build a local factory if governments force their hand like Kinki Sharyo in the US and Mitsubishi in the UK. They are comfortable with just selling second hand trains to Indonesia.
 

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Kenya: Loan for construction of railway line linking JKIA to Nairobi CBD


The government of Kenya, according to the state’s Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, has secured over US$ 125m loan from the French government for the construction of the proposed railway line linking JKIA to Nairobi CBD.
Mr. Macharia said that apart from the construction of the new railway line which is expected to begin starting March next year and take approximately two years to complete, the aid will also be used to redo the old 17-kilometer railway track from the Nairobi Railway Central Station to Syokimau train terminus.

The loan facility is a result of an agreement signed by the President of the East African country, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, and his French counterpart President Emmanuel Macron during the latter’s first-ever visit to Kenya in March last year.

Both presidents announced a series of public-private infrastructure deals totaling up to US$ 2.65bn during their tour to the Nairobi commuter train CBD station. President Macron viewed the move as key to cementing bilateral ties between Nairobi and Paris and promised to provide sustainable financing.
Reduction of travel time from JKIA to Nairobi CBD and vice versa
The commuter rail, which will be complemented by a Rapid Bus Transit System, is expected to greatly reduce travel time between JKIA and the city Centre. The distance between JKIA and Nairobi City Centre is 20km, and normally it should take between 30 minutes and an hour at most to travel between the two points, however, it takes up to 120 minutes due to traffic on the usually busy Mombasa Road.

The commuter train service will freely ship at least 500,000 urban commuters daily for a period of 12 months upon its completion. The number is expected to rise up to 1 000 000 in the following five years’ time.


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