Pakistan Railways Struggles with Aging Locomotives and Financial Constraints

pakistan railways struggles with aging locomotives and financial constraints

Pakistan Railways is grappling with financial difficulties, unable to replace 100 locomotives that have outlived their operational lifespan of 20 to 25 years. Due to financial constraints and administrative hurdles, the railway is forced to continue operating these aging engines, some of which were purchased in 1975.

Urgent replacement is hindered by the lack of funds for new locomotives and the high maintenance costs of old ones. The government is urged to allocate funds in the upcoming budget to address this issue.

Despite having over 350 active locomotives, many are no longer in use, and only a fraction have an operational lifespan remaining. Procuring new engines is seen as crucial to resolving the shortage and reducing maintenance expenses.