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 Post subject: The Uganda Railway, East Africa
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:04 pm 

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My wife and I were in Uganda in May 2018, I have been there a number of times before. The national railway system is metre-gauge. It runs from Mombasa on the Kenyan coast through to Kasese in the West of Uganda. I hope this first post is of interest to members of this forum.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... ays-part-1

It is of particular note that the old metre-gauge line is being superseded by a modern standard-gauge Chinese built railway. This series of posts is intended to record the metre-gauge line before all is lost. ....

Other posts about our trip, but not railway related, can be found on this link:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/category/uganda


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:18 am 

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This second post provides some more information about the history of what is often called 'The Lunatic Line'.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... ays-part-2


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:55 pm 

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This third post in the series starts the journey along the 'Lunatic Line'.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... ays-part-3


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 Post subject: Re: The Uganda Railway, East Africa
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:55 pm 

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There's some fascinating detail about East African Railways at the end of steam in the link below, not by enthusiasts from Britain or elsewhere but by schoolboys of expat families at the "European" school in Nairobi, who had substantial experience of travel by the train in the 1950s-60s. Introduced to me by an OLd Boy now back in Britain. There's quite a bit of technical detail, along with a few classic schoolboy japes involving the train.

http://www.oldcambrians.com/Train4.html


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 Post subject: Re: The Uganda Railway, East Africa
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:56 pm 

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The 4th post in a series about Uganda Railways. This post covers the journey along the original Uganda Railway from Mazeras to Voi.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... ras-to-voi


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:57 pm 

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This is the 5th part of my story of the Uganda Railway. It covers the length from Voi to Ulu in Kenya.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... voi-to-ulu


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:43 am 

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Our journey along the 'Uganda Railway' continues. In this post we travel from Ulu into Nairobi and notice two branch-lines on the way.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... to-nairobi


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:44 am 

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This next post focusses on the station at Nairobi and its immediate environment.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... way-museum


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:45 am 

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We are gradually getting closer to the eastern border of Uganda! This is the next post in the series and covers the stretch of the line from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha .....

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... o-naivasha


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:45 am 

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Another leg of the journey on the Uganda Railway.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... _to_nakuru


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:46 am 

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The next two posts cover the length of the old Uganda Railway to Kisumu and Butere. Originally, this line was of significant strategic importance. Trains along the line provided access to Lake Victoria and the inland steamers that then provided access to the Great Lakes region and to Kampala via Port Bell.

The construction of the line from Nakuru to Kampala and beyond changed thing significantly and the old main line became a branch-line and has seen little traffic over recent years.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... -to-kisumu


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:47 am 

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Before we return to Nakuru to follow the main line towards Kampala, one further post about the Kisumu line. There was a short branch which left the Kisumu to Nakuru line within the confines of Kisumu city. This post focusses on that line.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... -to-butere


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:48 am 

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Back at Nakuru, we prepare ourselves to travel on to Kampala. This post takes us to Eldoret.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... to-eldoret


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Eldoret is a junction station. The branch-line service to Kitale set off from Eldoret. We follow its route.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... -to-kitale


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:49 am 

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We really are now almost in Uganda! The is the last post focussing on the Uganda Railway in Kenya. It takes us from Eldoret to the border with Uganda at Malaba.

Sadly, in this post there is little evidence of locomotives. The line has seen little use over the years. I was very fortunate to be able to travel 1st Class all the way from Mombasa to Kampala in 1994. I had no idea at the time how fragile that service was.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... -to-malaba


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