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Old April 23rd, 2016, 11:26 AM   #201
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Station projects look magnificent, but clearly they are also far away from the centre of both cities. What is the plan short and long term for passengers reaching central districts from those places?
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 12:06 PM   #202
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Station projects look magnificent, but clearly they are also far away from the centre of both cities. What is the plan short and long term for passengers reaching central districts from those places?
Short term for both stations people will have to commute to the CBD.

Since the Nairobi South Station is really close to Syokimau Railway Station it'll be easy get to public transport both by road (bus/matatus) and rail (train service is available in the morning to the CBD and the evening back from the CBD to Syokimau), if Kenya Railways can make it possible for people to arrive in Nairobi in the morning then rail could work out. And the train to Mombasa should depart at night after the last train has arrived in Syokimau.

In Mombasa public transportation is possible as well but only by road where people will be able to use matatus (google matatu).

Medium to long term for Nairobi is that the govt wants to start a light rail project that will cover the Syokimau Railway Station where passengers from Nairobi Railway Station would just walk there and get on the train. There'll still be a bus/matatu option available as well.
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Old May 6th, 2016, 05:19 AM   #204
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It is my hope that in the future a second line connecting Nairobi-Mombassa will be constructed. That will show the progress of Kenya's economy.
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Old May 8th, 2016, 11:29 PM   #205
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It is my hope that in the future a second line connecting Nairobi-Mombasa will be constructed. That will show the progress of Kenya's economy.
Same here man. But that'll only happen after sometime. Right now they just want a new rail line from Mombasa to Kisumu then onwards to countries such as UG, Rwanda, South Sudan and maybe the DRC.

Anyway Kenya is still a very major frontier economy and there's really no city like Nairobi in East or Central Africa
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Old May 30th, 2016, 04:19 PM   #206
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That looks like the DF11G locomotive.



Seems with this we can start assuming that passenger trains arent going to be DF4D but DF11G

Cargo trains will remain the same - DF8B
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Interesting, a co-co loco (not bo-bo) for passengers service.
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Presentation for the President's SGR tour last week
























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The following is cool:

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“The government expects the project to reduce freight costs from $0.20
per tonne/km to $0.08
per tonne/km. It will also increase cargo train
speeds up to 80kms/hr and passenger trains at 120km/hr. Essentially, the
rail trip from Mombasa to Nairobi will take only four hours,’’ Mr
Nyakera said.
http://www.constructionkenya.com/272...railway-kenya/
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“The government expects the project to reduce freight costs from $0.20
per tonne/km to $0.08 per tonne/km. It will also increase cargo train
speeds up to 80kms/hr and passenger trains at 120km/hr. Essentially, the rail trip from Mombasa to Nairobi will take only four hours,’’ Mr
Nyakera said.
Distance is 472 km, this is a single track and there are 40 stations. 4h between Nairobi and Monbasa is quite impossible even with the better signalisation system of the world expect if durinf those 4h there is not other trains. Trains have to stop in stations which have 2 tracks or more for giving way to each other. This is a waste of time. Even if priority is given to passengers trains, it's difficult to don't stop in stations.

And in Africa, railways dedicated for passengers are very rare. Most os them are mainly built for freight. This is one is not an exeption. The fuel bill will be very high if diesel loco have to stop many times. 1 TEU maximum height is 30 tons, if we consider an average of 15 tons ant 216 TEU per trains = 3240 tons. 3240 tons to reflete until 80 km/h after each stop.

With 1 track along 472 km, they have to made some miracle (as cargo trains only night) if they want to link 2 cities in less 5 hours.

With an average speed of 85 km/h (including stops in station), it will be 05h45min.

What is the signalisation system in iranians trains and along track ?

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The single-track standard gauge railway between Mombasa and Nairobi will have a route length of 472km and a total length of 609km. It will run through the counties of Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita-Taveta, Makueni, Kajiado, Machakos and Nairobi.

The Class 1 line will have a superior design catering to robust and low-maintenance requirement. The new line will run parallel to the existing meter gauge railway and the Mombasa-Nairobi Road or A109 Highway for the most part. It will deviate at certain points to attain the desired gradient and curvature.


State-of-the-art passenger stations will be built at Mombasa and Nairobi as well as five other intermediate stations at Mariakani, Voi, MtitoAndei, Sultan Hamud and AthiRiver. A total of 40 stations are planned to be built along the line, 33 out of which will be ready when the railway becomes operational.



The freight terminals will be located at the Mombasa port and the Inland Container Depots at Embakasi in Nairobi. The railway line is designed to carry 22 million tonnes a year of cargo or a projected 40% of Mombasa Port throughput by 2035.

Rolling stock of the SGR line

The line will initially carry diesel cars while electrification is possible in future. Multiple unit passenger trains having a capacity of 960 passengers will travel at an average speed of 120km/h on the line.

Freight trains will have a capacity of 216 TEUs and travel at an average speed of 80km/h. A typical freight train on the line will consist of 54 double stack flat wagons and measure 880m-long.

China will supply the initial rolling stock comprising 56 diesel locomotives, 1,620 wagons and 40 coaches.

Contractors involved

China Road and Bridge Corporation, a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Co., was contracted to build the project according to Chinese railway design standards.
http://www.railway-technology.com/pr...ilway-project/
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Unfortunately, I suspect it might be a while before we see a rail link anywhere near Juba. I just hope the roll out of railways around other parts of the Great Lakes region will go some way to spreading the sort of development and prosperity that would make South Sudan's problems unthinkable elsewhere.
Is there any plans for a link up to Addis thru the rift valley? Given Gambella's historically close links with South Sudan has a connection to Ethiopia ever been discussed?
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The following is cool:

“The government expects the project to reduce freight costs from $0.20
per tonne/km to $0.08 per tonne/km.

http://www.constructionkenya.com/272...railway-kenya/
I was wondering how cost compares to European tonne/km prices but a good source I find hard to find. Perhaps this is a good source
http://www.ppiaf.org/sites/ppiaf.org...t/ch1_1_4.html
That would make Kenya still more expensive then most countries but it is getting quite close with this value. Kenya is getting a lot "smaller" and this must open up oppertunities.
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Old June 7th, 2016, 08:23 PM   #215
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Construction on-going at a great pace

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Construction of embankment within Section 1 (Mombasa, Miritini, Mariakani & Taru) completed on May 27, 2016






Track laying has already reached Taru




















Maintenance shed for rolling stock, Nairobi Train Depot



Erection of steel structures at Zone B of Nairobi South Station
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Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) James Macharia talks plans to get Nairobi traffic flowing

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How will we power the SGR?
The rolling stock will initially run on diesel. However the protocol signed by the four countries was to do electric. We agreed with our partner states that we can start with diesel but have a provision for electricity. As you know the energy and petroleum sector is actually doing a lot in terms of increasing the capacity for power generation. I think by the time we finish the SGR which will be next year first phase.

By the time we finish phase 2A up to Naivasha (sometime around 2019), I believe the issues about power will have been sorted out. What we’ve asked them to do is that as we develop the power connections they also make sure they provide enough capacity along the way so that whenever we shall decide to switch on to power, with electric traction, that will pose no problem for us.

In the long run it’s cheaper to run electric traction for SGR as opposed to diesel. It’s also more environmentally friendly so that provision has been made so that in future we actually use electricity.
So phase 1 is gonna be completed in 2017 and all this is gonna be electrified sometime around 2019-2020.
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A trip back in time:Kenya Railway Museum

It doesn't take visitors to Nairobi's Railway Museum long to realize that without the railway, Kenya would not be the country it is today.

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Actually it was quite widely reported in China that the Addis Ababa - Djibouti Railway was designed according to the Chinese National Railway Class 2 Standard. CRCC (CCECC's parent company) has specified that on their offical website, or you can read a google translated version here. On the other hand, the Mombasa - Nairobi Railway was designed according to the Chinese National Railway Class 1 Standard.

The main difference between the two standard is the Class 1 Standard is designed for a maximum operation speed of 200km/h with an annual freight tonnage greater than 20 million tonnes whereas the Class 2 Standard is designed for an operation speed of 120km/h and annual freight tonnage between 10 million and 20 million tonnes.
So in this post LaoTze explains the difference between Kenya's and Ethiopia's lines. And what Class 1 or Class 2 standard means.
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Class 1 Standard Mombasa - Nairobi - Kisumu - Kampala
for 200 km/h sections: normal curve radius ≥3500m, may be relaxed to 2800m at a few difficult locations
for 160 km/h sections: normal curve radius ≥2000m, may be relaxed to 1600m at difficult locations
for 120 km/h sections: normal curve radius ≥1200m, may be relaxed to 800m at difficult locations
normal gradient ≤0.6%, maybe relaxed to 1.5%(electrical traction) or 1.2%(diesel traction) at difficult locations

Class 2 Standard
for 120 km/h sections: normal curve radius ≥1200m, may be relaxed to 800m at difficult locations
for 80 km/h sections: normal curve radius ≥600m, may be relaxed to 500m at difficult locations
normal gradient ≤0.6%, may be relaxed to 2%(electrical traction) or 1.5%(diesel traction) at difficult locations
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Standard Gauge Railway
Phase I


Commencement: December 2014
Completion: Mid-2017
Connecting: Mombasa and Nairobi
Distance: 485km approx.
Amount of track: 609km
Railway stations: 40 (total amount of stations btn Mombasa and Nairobi)
Contractor: China Road and Bridge Corporation
Amount of workers: 30,000 Kenyans + 2,500 Chinese
Partner states: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda (maybe), South Sudan
Cost for Phase I: Kes. 327bn (US$ 3.6bn)
Funding source for Phase I: (90% China Exim Bank) (10% Government of Kenya)
Estimated cost of entire project: Kes. 1.3 trillion (US$ 13.2bn)








Mazeras-2 Bridge


Mombasa Super Bridge


Voi Station


Voi Station


Voi Station


Mariakani Station


Mariakani Station

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