Metre-Gauge Railways in East Africa - The Uganda Railway and it Successors

Roger Farnworth Dec 31, 2018

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    A while back I started this thread to cover the Uganda Railway, its construction and history, as well as surveying the length of the line through Kenya and Uganda.

    At the end of 2020 I acquired copies of the 2 volume series compiled by M.F. Hill entitled 'Permanent Way'. These two books were produced for the East African Railways and Harbours, Nairobi, Kenya and, while being focussed on the Uganda Railway were as much a social and economic history of East Africa.

    This link will take you to some preliminary reflections which come from reading Hill's book and which I hope are not seen as being too far off topic:

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/12/1...-up-to-the-construction-of-the-uganda-railway

    In order to provide the context for the construction of the Uganda Railway, M.F. Hill saw it as imperative in his book to provide a social and economic history of the East African region. It is impossible for me to judge the veracity of what he writes, but it clearly is written from a British Colonial perspective. In addition to covering the strife between the European powers who sought to increase their influence in
    the Great Lakes region of the continent of Africa, Hill provides extensive quotes from leading British figures in the region about the Uganda that they knew before the coming of the railway.
     
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    I read few of your posts regarding Ugandan railways and frankly they are quite in depth. In fact, it's almost as if you are doing a thesis on this subject :p.
     
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    Hi railfan123
    Yes and No. Yes, they are detailed, but no, I am not preparing a thesis. I hope that what I have produced is of interest to furm members but I am also happy if it is gored. The line is a real interest of mine as is East Africa.
    Best wishes
    Roger
     
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    I am following all of these various topics which you have presented here. :)
     
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    Sugar Factory Branches near Kisumu, Kenya

    An on-line acquaintance has recently pointed out that the tenth article in this series about the Uganda Railway is incomplete in that it omits to cover two branch-lines which serve Sugar Cane Mills/Factories. I have returned to the trip along the Uganda Railway to complete the omitted part of the story - that of the Chemelil and Miwani Sugar Factory Branches. ........

    On the final approaches to Kisumu the line passed through a significant sugar cane growing region. Sugar processing factories were set up in two locations along the line - Chemelil and Miwani. Both these locations were provided with short branch-line connections to the main Nakuru to Kisumu line.

    https://rogerfarnworth.com/2021/03/...ar-factory-branches-on-the-approach-to-kisumu
     
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    Thanks BoxcabE50
     

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