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I lived in Kenya for two years in the mid-1980s. I traveled on Kenya Railways and took a few pictures of it. While many things in Kenya ran on "African time," the railways, or at least their passenger trains, always left on the dot.

Note the fence posts: they are "sleepers" (UK for "ties") mounted vertically. The metal ties were used for a lot of other purposes - speed limit signs on the roadway for example. See my Kenya page for more.

(As always, click on the photo for a larger image.)

A diesel heads west with a freight.
train A goods train, also going west.


Looking at the locomotives and the attraction of children to trains - must be universal phenomena.

A Garrett type steam locomotive that had been used in Kenya. At the time of the photo, none in Kenya were operational.
round Engine house with several old steam locos.
steam Another close up of an old steamer. "E A R" means "East African Railways." Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania used to share one railroad system.
paycar I guess this was a pay car? For paying off staff in cash.
Last modified 11/2//07; posted 1/1/04; original content © 2007, 2004 John P. Nordin