Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

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Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat May 12, 2018 4:19 pm

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/20 ... ays-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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Postby Mountain » Sat May 12, 2018 4:52 pm

I love to see different designs and the reasons for those designs. The coaches have their windows set low and the top parts dont have window, where in Britain they are not. At first I assumed they were tall and had roof space but looking at the doorways, they are not. Then I worked it out. The low windows mean the sun is not going to be an issue. It acts like a permanent sun blind.
I know people that came from Uganda though I'm out of touch with some as they went back home. I asked why the locals didnt put windows in their mud huts they traditionally made. Everything inside is dark. There is a very simple answer. Fly's dont like the dark. Their huts are fly free, which is important living there. They must have thought it so weird when us Brits came over (And other countries. It wasn't just Britain), and started building houses that are normal for the UK but not there. They must have though"They won't be living in them for long!" :D

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Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat May 12, 2018 4:58 pm

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

And .... Yes, Mountain the coaches are as designed for just the reason you suggest.

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Postby rogerfarnworth » Tue May 15, 2018 1:04 pm

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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Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat May 19, 2018 4:50 pm

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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Postby rogerfarnworth » Mon May 21, 2018 9:11 am

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/20 ... voi-to-ulu

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Postby michaelasc » Mon May 21, 2018 7:43 pm

Roger, thanks for taking the time to do this, it all made for a very interesting read.

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Postby rogerfarnworth » Tue May 22, 2018 12:38 pm

Thanks Michael.

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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Postby rogerfarnworth » Wed May 23, 2018 10:40 pm

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

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

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Postby rogerfarnworth » Fri May 25, 2018 1:56 pm

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/20 ... o-naivasha

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Postby rogerfarnworth » Fri May 25, 2018 2:12 pm

Another leg of the journey on the Uganda Railway.

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

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Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat May 26, 2018 8:35 am

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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Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat May 26, 2018 11:08 am

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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Postby rogerfarnworth » Sun May 27, 2018 8:21 pm

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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Postby rogerfarnworth » Mon May 28, 2018 9:35 pm

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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