Expanding SRO’s Fleet
In addition to the provision of six 2000-horsepower locomotives to be added to those working in cargo shipping, SRO plans to expand its passenger and goods transportation activity by about 60% of its current levels. This increase will be made possible by ordering 8 new sets of luxurious and fast trains; each consisting of 2 locomotives and 5 cars, adding more than 2000 seats, making it possible to transport more than 5000 passengers on a daily basis between Riyadh and Dammam. SRO is also working towards reducing the trip time for its passengers by completing its project to double the railway line.
SRO’s fleet consists of 102 diesel locomotives and 75 passenger cars. These are classified into: 12 cars of Al-Rehab class with a capacity of 540 seats, 9 cars of Al- Taleaa class with a capacity of 652 seats, 25 cars of Al- Qafila class with a capacity of 2012 seats along with 2 special-class cars, 8 diner cars, 12 luggage and power generation cars and 1 car that has been specially fitted as an ambulance car recently to enhance safety.
Cargo cars total 2596 of different sizes and types, including 858 cars for double stacking of containers, 948 regular cars for containers, 201 cement transportation cars, 135 grain hauling cars, 47 flatbeds for transporting vehicles and 60 cars for hauling rocks.
The capacity of each double stacking cargo car is 80 tons. Regular cars for containers have a capacity of 50 tons. This brings the total capacity of cargo handling by both types of cars in SRO to 48,250 tons.