The British constructed the Kenya-Uganda railway while the Germans constructed the Tanzania railway however during the world war II the British defeated the Germans and took over Tanzania as their territory from the Germans so they continued with the construction of the Tanzania railway and this gave birth to “East Africa railway”. The reason behind the construction of the Kenya-Uganda railway was to facilitate the transport of goods from the ocean, since Uganda is a land locked country the railway could pass through Kenya and thus the name “Kenya-Uganda railway”.
The railway was constructed in Mombasa in 1896 and passed through Voi in 1897. The constructors faced some challenges for instance a majority were killed by the man eater lions since they could not run as fast as wild animals like gazelles, they were an easy target for lions to prey on and some of them were killed by malaria.
When the British tasted the Nairobi waters they noticed that it was cool and far much better than the Mombasa waters which was salty. They also enjoyed the cool Nairobi weather and thus they made it a capital city. Nairobi Railway Station was opened in 1899, it’s located within Nairobi city and it’s on Uganda Railway. This was the first stone building in Nairobi in 1904. It was a Catholic Church that is the present day’s The Holy Family Minor Basilica
The railway reached Kisumu in 1901. The British introduced marine technology and thus they initiated a harbour by the name R.M.S VICTORIA.
Kirinyaga means an ostrich. In 1930 the railway was able to pass through Nanyuki. It was difficult for the English men to pronounce the word kirinyaga and so they ended up calling it Kenya. They also saw the beautiful mountain which they named Mt.Kenya.
The Great Rift Valley
Well, the railway got to the rift valley late because of the challenges the British faced like hostility from these communities. The collaboration of some leaders like Oloibon with the British convinced some communities to allow the British to construct the railway.
This railway used to provide service to Mombasa at least three times a week though the coming to birth of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in the year 2017 has taken over the provision of its services to Mombasa. The new Nairobi station is about 20km from the central business district to Syokimau.
Nairobi Railway Museum came into existence in 1970 when the East African Railways and Harbours Corporation came together to preserve and display the history of rail travel in East Africa for the future generations. The Museum is connected to the main line by rail therefore it allows steam excursions on restored locomotives.
1)The exhibition room
Machines (green, red and the blue)
Bells- they used to be rang after every 5 minutes
Manual calculator machine
3) Standard gauge railway(SGR room) to be continued……
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Why the name lunatic?
2493 of contract worker died in the process
4 workers died for each mile at average of 38
I love what is saw those spectacular machines are rare to see in this century # indeed old is gold.
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