The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is installing solar lights in its passenger coaches as part of the parastatal’s refurbishment programme expected to result in the easing of commuting problems.

An interesting innovation is that solar lighting systems have been incorporated onto the revamped passenger coaches.

NRZ Acting Chief Engineer, Professor Simon Mlambo said a team of engineers have rolled out the homegrown innovative solution.

We already have a caboose that is running with solar which is marveled by many in the country. So we are going to do that same project with all our coaches. It’s a local project and an in-house initiative which we are proud of,” he said.

The new NRZ Board Chairperson, Advocate Martin Dinha implored the engineering staff to double efforts of transforming the nation’s rail transport into a modern profit-making sector.

“We want the modern commuter trains that we see in other countries. We want to assist in solving the commuter problems that are currently bedeviling the country. We want a modern rail system that services Harare and Bulawayo and that is urgent,” he said.

Turning around the fortunes of NRZ will require the new board and management to prioritise upgrading the rail network, signals equipment and other infrastructure that suffered vandalism in the past years.