KARACHI - The shortage of locomotives is severely affecting the trains operations across the country, as one locomotive pulls two trains from Karachi to Rohri, causing delay in trains schedule, TheNation has learnt. According to details, one locomotive pulled two trains of Hazara Express and Shah Rukan-e-Alam on Wednesday from Karachi to Rohri, causing several-hours delay in trains schedule. Similarly on early morning Fareed Express and Sukkur Express were pulled by one locomotive. Many trains arrived Karachi 14 hours late on Wednesday, while several trains had been arriving late in Karachi, causing passengers to protest. Almost all trains were delayed by two to eight hours. Thousands of passengers remained stranded at these stations where even water was not available. On the other side, the railway authorities have assured the All Pakistan Loco Running Association Railways (APLRA) to repair the locomotives within two months. General Secretary Shams Parvez told TheNation that they called off their protest campaign after the authorities assured them to address their longstanding issues. Earlier, the association had refused to run outdated trains and demanded that the locomotives of trains must be repaired or else the drivers across the country would not run the trains, said the association. General Secretary Shams Parvez said that trade unions of the railway also asked them to call off their protest until the dateline given by the railway officials. Earlier the authorities had assured the association to fulfil their demands to repair the locomotives in two months, but they did nothing and again now they gave the same assurances, he added. We have an option to go on strike if demands are not be fulfilled, he said, adding that the engines were in very poor condition and the drivers had to face the passengers wrath due to late arrival or departure of trains. APP adds: The drivers of Pakistan Railways have registered their protest for non-upgradation of Railway Engines causing delay in the departure of trains here on Wednesday. Trains including Shah Rukn-e-Alam, Hazara Express, Awami Express, Super Express and Pakistan Express could not proceed to their upcountry destination since 6 a.m due to the strike of the drivers, said a spokesman of Pakistan Railways Workers Union (Karachi Chapter). Frequency of strikes by drivers is increasing day by day but the management pays no heed to their legitimate demands. Drivers demand up-gradation of the engines from two-motors to four-motors to boost their power and capacity, the spokesman added. On several occasions of up-country routes, the engines fail to deliver with two-motors and drivers had no option but to stop for an hour or two, he explained. Arrival of several trains from upcountry to Karachi City station and Karachi Cantt. has also been delayed due to same reasons. Meanwhile, the management of the Karachi City Station did not respond to calls despite several attempts and Control Centre at the Managers office also declined to divulge any information. Top management of the Railways made several bids to upgrade its locomotives with the help of other countries but failed to do so due bureaucratic hurdles. Pakistan Railways forms the lifeline of the country by catering to its needs for large-scale movement of freight as well as passenger traffic. The loss-making Railways endeavours to run the trains strictly in accordance to time table. The progressive freight train support organization operated by professional management and competent staff endeavours to provide reliable, competitive and economical service of recognized standards to its customers, Pakistan Railways writes in its official website. The project from Karachi to Lahore will be connected with double line track. Sectional capacity will increase from 18 to 34 trains daily. Journey time from Lahore to Karachi will be reduced by one hour for mail/express trains and seven hours for freight trains, it further adds. The network has 7,791 route km, 559 stations, 90,000 employees and it has an annual average claimed revenue of around Rs 20 billion.