LAHORE – The Pakistan Railways on Thursday restored its cargo service after delay of six months and four goods trains left Karachi station for Multan, Rawalpindi and Peshawar.

The cargo operation was resumed at a ceremony presided over by the railways officers at Karachi stations. The officials said that the four trains’ engines had been repaired and expenses had been paid by the Railways. PR officials said the trains would return to Karachi on a round trip in four days and earn Rs 1 billion revenue. It was expected that more trains would hit the track soon as engines were being repaired.

Due to the severe shortages of locomotives, the public utility had to shut down its entire freight operation about six months back. Though, the PR is still waiting miracles to gain its lost glory, the restoration of four cargo trains should have been considered a good omen, said an official. More than 300 of the 500 locomotives are still out of order and seriously affecting the service beside causing an annual loss of about Rs25 billion.