Dos and Don’ts for passengers as Tanzania expands electric train services

SGR train pic

An SGR train in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO | FILE

Dar es Salaam. With more than three weeks gone since the start of electric train services between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, passengers have been urged to observe specific guidelines to ensure smooth and efficient travel on Tanzania’s first electric trains. Here are the essential dos and don’ts:

Dos:

 Book tickets early: Passengers are advised to book their tickets via the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) website or at station counters at least two hours before departure to avoid congestion.

Check-in early: For travelers who have purchased tickets in advance, it is recommended to arrive at the station at least one hour before departure.

Don’ts:

Restricted goods: Certain items are prohibited on the electric-powered trains, including plastic bags, weapons, food, drinks, pails and buckets.

Pets are not allowed: Animals, including domesticated pets, are not permitted onboard these modern trains.

 Cheap bags: The traditional 'Shangazi Kaja' bag is not allowed on the electric trains.

Luggage limits: Depending on the class of travel, passengers are restricted to carrying luggage within specified weight limits. Business class allows up to 30 kilograms, while economy class permits up to 29 kilograms.

The Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) initiated operations on the Dar es Salaam-Morogoro Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) route starting June 14. The expansion to Dar es Salaam-Dodoma trips is scheduled to commence on July 25.

TRC says the guidelines aim to enhance passenger experience and ensure compliance with safety and operational standards as Tanzania advances its railway infrastructure.