GRCL launches rail service from Takoradi to Tarkwa

The first free rail passenger service launched by the Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL) on the Takoradi -Tarkwa section of the western line, ended successfully at the Tarkwa platform.

The five coach-train, with a speed of 35 kilometres per hour, started the 60.2-kilometre journey last Tuesday from the Takoradi Harbour at exactly 6:30 am and arrived a safely at the Tarkwa train station at about 9:27 am.

The trip came after 13 years of inactivity on the western line which served as a major artery in Ghana’s railway infrastructure.

Although GRCL made announcement ahead of the trip, some people did not use the opportunity due to doubts and the fear of derailment, the Ghanaian Times gathered.

However, as the locomotive approached various stops,  including New Takoradi, Kojokrom,  Adiembra, Anoe  through Manso, Benso  and  Esuoso,  hooting and honking its horns, anxious and  excited crowd, zoomed from their homes and shops, to catch a glimpse and waved as the train moved slowly through the towns to Tarkwa.