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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.|
|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.|
|Engine house with several old steam locos.|
|Another close up of an old steamer. "E A R" means "East African Railways." Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania used to share one railroad system.|
|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|