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    Default Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

    My wife and I are in Uganda at the moment (9th May 2018), I have been here a number of times before. The national railway system is metre-gauge. I hope this first post is of interest to members of this forum.


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...ailways-part-1


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


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

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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/2018/05/11/uganda-railways-part-2

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerfarnworth View Post
    This second post provides some more information about the history of what is often called 'The Lunatic Line'.
    Name attributed to Idi Amin, perhaps?

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    From memory, back in the day Uganda railways where also users of Garratt locos.
    Bryan
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    Actually no, Amin was a late-comer!! If you are so inclined, I would suggest that you do a Google search for both 'Uganda railways' and 'East African Railways; you will probably find the information contained there-in of interest. They were not exactly in the 'American' tradition...
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    There is a bit of information in the blog. The attribution as the Lunatic Line comes from the speech of an MP in the houses of parliament. A later phrase 'Lunatic Express' comes from a 1971 book.

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    This third post in the series starts the journey along the 'Lunatic Line'. A few Garratts on show!


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/uganda-railways-part-3

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    Imagine if your "hostile work environment" included being hunted by lions. Much respect for the people that built these railroads.
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    Yes, including being transported from India to Kenya as well.

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    I have just returned from a trip to Africa, staying in south-western Uganda. 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...t-5-voi-to-ulu

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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...ulu-to-nairobi

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


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...railway-museum

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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 strech of the line from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha .....


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...bi-to-naivasha

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    Another leg of the journey on the Uganda Railway.


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...asha_to_nakuru

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    And way, way back in 1986/7 when I was there during my Navy days, I missed the trains!
    Northern Pacific and Black Hills RR in N, of course!!
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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...line-to-kisumu

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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...sumu-to-butere

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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/2018/05/27/uganda-railways-part-12-nakuru-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/2018/05/28/uganda-railways-part-13-eldoret-to-kitale

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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...oret-to-malaba

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