Hanging the boots up
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It could be because it is the most widely used railway track gauge across the world and there is a lot more choice available for rolling stock, parts, suppliers, etc than for narrow gauge. This means that we could conceivably buy locomotives and coaches from other countries after the tracks are laid.^^correct all new lines are standard gauge.
Not sure why, but for some political reason Nigeria, Kenya and other african countries are switching to Standard gauge even tho they spent billions rehabilitating their narrow gauge rails a few years ago. Either an A.U. or Ecowas initiative, or China wants all of Africa to use standard gauge, since they virtually control the continent.
- Also standardization will make it possible to connect different lines across African regions.It could be because it is the most widely used railway track gauge across the world and there is a lot more choice available for rolling stock, parts, suppliers, etc than for narrow gauge. This means that we could conceivably buy locomotives and coaches from other countries after the tracks are laid.
Weight limits are also higher for standard gauge and some high-speed rail lines also utilise standard gauge.
You mean the "old tracks" built by Nigeria's colonial masters principally to ferry raw materials from the hinterland to the ports for shipment to the UK and Europe?! hno:The majority of Africa uses Narrow Gauge tracks, and Narrow Gauge to connect different countries. I really dont understand why Nigeria and the whole continent should switch to standard gauge and spend trillion building new tracks. South Africa for example has 100% Narrow Gauge tracks and they dont have a problem. And they have a modern railway system, with modern signal equipment throughout. Just look at all the Cargo and transports they have by rail. As long as there is continuity and same sized tracks throughout.
So Nigeria and Kenya switching to standard gauge would mean they would either be isolated in Africa's rail system or force other nations who already have a modern Narrow Gauge system to switch over. And I doubt south Africa will switch at all.
And China just like funding new loans no matter what. Nigeria didnt need this, but China will fund it and build it and charge us the bill. IMO work should have stopped on rehabilitation of the old tracks.
Standard gauge is coming soon to Nigeria's neighbours.Btw, Nigeria currently has no rail links with its neighbors, who do not use the same track gauge as Nigeria's "old tracks" - being former French colonies.