CEAR gets two more locomotives to boost Malawi operations

Central East African Railways (CEAR) continues to making strides in quest to better its services of serving the country’s railway sector with acquisition of two more locomotives which will help the company haul more cargo.

CEAR Public Relations Manager, Chisomo Mwamadi said in an interview the two new locomotives were part of the six new steam engines the company procured from Transnet Engineering of South Africa.

Mwamadi:  Two CEAR locomotives arrives

Mwamadi: Two CEAR locomotives arrives

“Two of the locomotives arrived in the country in April and over the weekend another set of 2 arrived in the country. This is an existing development for us as a company in our efforts to better our operations as they will help us haul more cargo than before,” he said.

Mwamadi said the locomotives also give CEAR a chance to increase the frequency of its passenger trains on some routes.

The coming in of the two locomotives brings CEAR’s fleet to 12. The 2000 horse power locomotives have a higher hauling capacity and are a great addition to the existing 1500 horse power fleet that the company already have.

“The impact is that it will help us as a company to serve Malawi transport industry better in passenger coaches and cargo trains. The locomotives are powerful and we can haul more cargo for our customers,” added Mwamadi.

Early this year CEAR  indicated that it purchased five new locomotives as one way of making its operations effective. However the company has announced that it will be getting the last set of locomotives which will add the number of new locomotives to six.

The statement further said old locomotives will be sent to Transnet Engineering for refurbishments to increase their horse power.

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7 thoughts on “CEAR gets two more locomotives to boost Malawi operations”

  1. mbwenu mbwenu says:


  2. Panjwani says:

    Pipo why r u comparing mw to sa???do u think our escom can manage kupereka magetsi mpaka ku makhanga??? Just say thank u, kaya akutitayila these locos or not but anthu akuthandizika. If u have good means of transportation then u r lucky pamene anzanu akuzunzika daily. Think mw think

  3. Kanyimbi says:

    Hahahahah! steam engines? This time? In South Africa they are using electric trains. I think CEAR has not bought but rather just picked from the scrap yard.

  4. eye eye says:

    Steam engines until now..thats why they are being disposed of , rather dumped in Mw by Transnet…..savage value……….cant CEAR not get new modern trains..come on……this is 2014!

  5. mbani says:

    damping place why these old things mkati mwanu

  6. Chimidzi says:

    But what about customer service? I was put off by the dirty entry point for passengers at limbe and no time keeping. A train which was supposed to take off at 6am leaves 4hrs late and no appology.

  7. C Banda says:

    The second paragraph talks about six new steam engines. If these are locomotives then they must be very old, because (as far as I am aware) the age of steam on the railways ended about 50 years ago.

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