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His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi witnesses the celebration of removing the last old coaches from operation, so that all coaches that are operated on the railways lines are all new or renewed

28/12/2021

Today, during the inauguration of a number of national projects in Upper Egypt by His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic today;
The Minister of Transport presents the establishment and development of Egyptian Railways before His Excellency the President.
Minister: A number of new and renewed trains are lined up at a number of main stations, including (Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor and Aswan).
In conjunction with the celebration today, the last old coach was removed from operation, so that all coaches operated on the railways are all new or renewed.
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Today, during the inauguration of a number of national projects in Upper Egypt by His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic today, Lieutenant-General, Engineer Kamel El-Wazir, Minister of Transport, presented the establishment and development of Egyptian Railways before His Excellency the President.
At the beginning of his speech, the Minister of Transport said,
In the name of Almighty Allah, the Most Gracious and Most Merciful
Mr. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic;
 it is my pleasure to have the honor to stand before you today for the second time, and during the Upper Egypt week. The first time was about the projects implemented by the state in the various transport sectors, especially those projects implemented for the benefit of Upper Egypt.
Today, I am here before you to talk about the establishment and development of Egyptian Railways, especially the rolling stock of locomotives, coaches and wagons, and how the state, under the directives of your Excellency, transformed the railways into safe, modern and developed means of transportation that provide a dignified service to the Egyptian citizen, especially in Upper Egypt, to keep pace with Decent Life Initiative that you launched.
Minister of Transport, then, presented the development of railway lines construction until it reached 10,000 km in 2021, and it will reach 13,100 km in 2024 and 15,000 km in 2030.
Referring to the development of rolling stock, he confirmed that in 1854 there were 47 steam locomotives, 111 coaches, and 114 wagons, and in 1858 there were 94 steam locomotives, 250 coaches and 300 wagons, and in 1952 there were 200 steam locomotives and 436 diesel locomotives, 1432 coaches, and 7132 wagons. In 2010, the numbers reached 810 locomotives, 3000 coaches and 8410 wagons. In 2021, the numbers reached 887 locomotives, 3417 coaches and 8559 wagons. In 2024 the numbers will reach 1050 locomotives, 4317 coaches, and 9643 wagons. Moreover, in 2030, the numbers will reach 1250 locomotives, 4817 coaches and 11000 wagons. 
 The Minister of Transport confirmed that the number of daily passengers on railways in Egypt in 2009 was 1 million passengers per day, then there was a severe shortcoming in ENR’s performance in 2011, and the number of railway passengers decreased to (700,000) passengers per day. Beginning in 2014, a comprehensive plan was drawn up for the redevelopment of ENR until the number of passengers via railways reached (900,000) passengers per day in 2020 and currently in December 2021 the transport capacity has reached 1.1 million passengers per day.
The Minister referred to the challenges before 2014, when ENR had 810 locomotives, of which 530 locomotives with a percent of 65 % were with an average age of 35 years; and 3,200 coaches, including 2,000 coaches with a percent of 65 % were with an average age of 30-40 years; and 8700 wagons, including 7000 coaches with a percent of 80 % were with old technology. Furthermore, there was a dilapidated infrastructure (tracks - stations – level crossings), in addition to the obsolescence of signaling systems and means of controlling trains running. Moreover, the condition of the workshops was not good, and the equipment was obsolete, in addition to the low level of workers' performance and a severe shortage of technical labor.
The minister added that a plan was drawn up for the development of railways, as it was planned to develop all ENR’s sectors in parallel (infrastructure – rolling stock “locomotives - coaches”) to meet the volume of demand for railways, starting with the development of the signaling system and level crossings to allow an increase in the number of trains on the network lines and to raise security and safety levels and supply new locomotives and coaches.
This made the transportation capacity reach currently 1.1 million passengers per day, and it is planned to reach 1.5 million passengers per day in 2024, with the continuation of constructing new lines and the duplication of high-density single lines, bringing the number of passengers in 2030 to 2 million passengers per day.
Then the Minister clarified the axes of the development plan, as the financial cost of implementing this plan for all railway components amounts to 225 billion pounds, of which 53 billion pounds are for rolling stock, 105 billion pounds for developing the infrastructure, 50 billion pounds for developing signaling systems, 15 billion pounds for developing workshops, and 2 billion pounds to develop the human element.
The minister presented, after that, the rolling stock, where he confirmed that in 2014, with regard to the locomotives, there were 810 locomotives, of which 450 were valid and 360 were idle. 600 locomotives were required for daily operation with a deficit of 150 locomotives.
He added that it has been planned to supply 260 new locomotives with advanced technology and equipped with a computer to determine the technical condition of these locomotives and an advanced system to control trains running, in addition to raising the efficiency and rehabilitating 172 old locomotives.
The minister pointed out that the number of coaches in 2014 was 3,200, of which 2,200 were valid, and 1,000 were idle. The daily requirement for operation was 2,800 coaches, with a deficit of 600 coaches.
During the period from 2014-2016, the Arab Organization for Industrialization supplied (212) air-conditioned coaches for ENR (the largest deal at that time).
Adding that in 2019, a contract was made with the Russian-Hungarian Transmash Holding Company to supply (1300) new coaches of various types, which is the largest deal in ENR’s history. In 2019, a contract was also concluded with the Spanish Talgo Company to supply (6) trainsets. (The first train is being shipped and is expected to arrive in mid-January 2022)
Lieutenant-General Kamel Al-Wazir, Minister of Transport, explained that in light of the directives of the President of the Republic, the Ministry of Transport has completed the development and upgrading of 1,017 ordinary and air-conditioned coaches out of a total of 1,313 coaches in ENR’s various workshops to ensure that no old coaches is operated on network lines.
The Minister of Transport confirmed that wagons in 2014 were 8700, of of which 4500 were valid and 4200 were idle, with a transport capacity of 4 million tons annually, at a rate of 1% of the total volume of freight in Egypt.
Concerning the development of stations, plans were made to develop (370) stations at a cost of 2.7 billion pounds, including (108) in Upper Egypt at a cost of 516 million pounds, as part of the Ministry of Transport’s plan to develop stations as well as centers and villages stations included in Decent Life Initiative.
The Minister of Transport stated that today, a number of new and renewed trains are lined up at a number of main stations as follows: -

A- Misr Station in Cairo:
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1 train with new Russian A/C third-class coaches.
2 trains with new Russian coaches of dynamic ventilation.
1 train of renewed third-class coaches (Tahya Misr Coaches).
1 train of renewed third-class coaches (SEMAF).
B- Misr Station in Alexandria:
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4 trains of new Russian A/C third-class coaches.
C- Luxor Station:
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Mixed train (VIP - Russian with dynamic ventilation - buffet - renewed third-class coaches (Tahya Misr))
 D- Finally, Aswan Station:
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1 train with new Russian A/C third-class coaches.
1 train with new Russian coaches of dynamic ventilation.
1 train with renewed third-class coaches (Tahya Misr Coaches).
Mixed train (VIP - Spanish - sleeping - club). The minister confirmed that today we are celebrating the removal of the last old coach from operation so that all coaches operated on the railways are all new or renewed.