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Old June 1st, 2017, 11:07 AM   #301
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Hello! Are there any project to electrify the line?
Yes, the line will be electrified later on at a cost of Kes. 50 bn (US$ 500 mn)

Kenya’s electric rail plan receives regional backing

Daily Nation | 9th February 2016

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East African Community states have endorsed Kenya’s plans for the electrification of the standard gauge railway operations.

Before then, however, trains in the immediate term will be powered by diesel.

Ministers drawn from Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan who met in Kampala to discuss implementation of projects under the Northern Corridor Integration Projects Initiative, said electrifying operations will result in benefits of reduced journey times and increased capacity for the new rail network, spurring the region’s economic growth.

“The meeting recommended the adoption of Kenya’s proposal to convert Mombasa–Nairobi–Malaba to electric traction by the time all other sections in partner States commence construction,” Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said in a statement after the meeting.

Mr Macharia said following the endorsement, Kenya will move ahead with its plans to include the provision for electric traction in the engineering and construction contracts for all other sections including the Nairobi-Malaba route.

Even then, Mr Macharia said, once the rail project is complete, passenger trains will do just over four hours, at 120km per hour, between Mombasa and Nairobi with about 1,000 passengers on board.

“It is the fastest ever on land transport in that sector. Reduction of trucks on our roads means less accidents, lower pollution, less destruction of our roads, hence releasing resources to be expended in other sectors of the economy,” the Cabinet secretary told regional ministers.

The railway will run from Nairobi to Mombasa and eventually snake its way to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia have both shown interest in linking their countries to the railway as well.

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Old June 1st, 2017, 11:12 AM   #302
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Well I'm tempted to say "congratulations" because it's not that often that a new rail line opens in Africa and certainly not of this magnitude, but I'm à bit afraid of what the Chinese will request in return.
The railway was financed using Chinese loans.

The Government of Kenya came up with 15% of the funds.

The rest was financed by China EXIM. Kenya's current credit ratings are at “B+/B” with a stable outlook on strong external position and monetary policy flexibility.

S&P upholds Kenya's credit rating on monetary flexibility, resilient economy

Business Daily | 10th April 2017

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Global credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has affirmed Kenya’s short and long term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings at “B+/B” with a stable outlook on strong external position and monetary policy flexibility.

The ratings agency says the country enjoys monetary and fiscal flexibility and a resilient economy offsetting the risk of high external debt.

“The ratings on Kenya are supported by its monetary flexibility, liquid domestic financial markets and per capita GDP growth as well as an increasingly diversified economic base,” said S&P in new outlook on Kenya....
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Old June 1st, 2017, 11:46 AM   #303
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Kenya's new Madaraka Express railway in pictures

BBC | 31st May 2017























Travel time
4 hours (add like 30 mins~1 hour just incase, test run was only off by 5 mins)
Travel time using the old railway was 13 hours

Price
Economy: KES. 700 (US$ 7) (€ 6)
First/Business Class : KES. 3000 (US$ 30) (€ 26)
  • Madaraka is a Swahili word meaning power but it can loosely translate to governance.
  • The train service was named Madaraka after the Kenyan holiday Madaraka Day in which Kenya celebrates the achievement of self rule. That was the first major step taken towards achieving independence from Britain.
  • Kenya is today celebrating Madaraka Day. It is celebrated annually on the 1st of June.

This marks the completion of Phase I of the Kenyan SGR project.
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Old June 2nd, 2017, 06:02 PM   #304
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Hello,As far as I know passenger trains are allowed to travel at a speed of 120Km/h,does anyone know if passenger trains could travel faster after electification completed?
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Hello,As far as I know passenger trains are allowed to travel at a speed of 120Km/h,does anyone know if passenger trains could travel faster after electification completed?
After electrification passenger trains will be able to travel between 160Km to 200Km.

Cargo trains will also be moving at 120Km to 150Km
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Old June 3rd, 2017, 09:00 AM   #306
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Well I'm tempted to say "congratulations" because it's not that often that a new rail line opens in Africa and certainly not of this magnitude, but I'm à bit afraid of what the Chinese will request in return.
Probably nothing European or North American nations haven't been getting from African countries for two centuries. Chinese involvement in East Africa is more about getting some of the preferential deals Western countries - and especially their corporations - have been getting than trying to screw over the Africans. For the African countries, at least the ones with decent leadership, it's actually a good thing, because if the West doesn't give them what they want, they can always go to the Chinese and pick the sweeter deal.

As for the PRC's human rights record, well, I've never heard of western corporations or even countries like the USA really giving two sh**s about human rights if it stands in the way of a hefty profit. The European Union is probably the only entity that actually cares about it, and even only then, they only apply to EU citizens on EU territory.

For the African countries with bad leadership, nothing will really change. They've been screwed and will continue getting screwed. For countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana and Ghana, Chinese involvement will be a good thing. For countries like Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Angola, nothing will change.
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First Week of Operations of the Recently Inaugurated SGR























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Will these short rails remain unwelded?:

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It's a question we ask ourselves. Hopefully when they undertake electrification they'll weld the tracks...
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Old June 12th, 2017, 11:04 AM   #310
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It is pretty clear that track is not finished yet. For welding you need more gravel between and beside sleepers to fix them into place.

What about fences? They should be on such bridges (actually on all). Have they been installed?
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Will these short rails remain unwelded?:

That was in construction stage. You can see that there is no even ballast between sleepers.
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Thank you everyone. I thought they'd be welded to form long bars before they were put on the track.
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Old June 17th, 2017, 05:40 PM   #313
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Why are the stations so big? they're as big as malls. And with only a handful of platforms, only a twice daily service. Someone please explain?
And why is it a single track since they're expecting so much traffic? It'll be a costly hassle to build more viaducts and tunnels later on..
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Why are the stations so big? they're as big as malls. And with only a handful of platforms, only a twice daily service.
It might sound counter-intuitive to build such big stations for only 1-2,000 people per day initially but this actually proved to be valuable as seen in the first days of service. These stations are located on the outskirts of their respective agglomerations with roads leading to them being u/c and public transport being very inefficient or barly existing. To avoid being stuck in traffic jams etc people arrive quite early and are in need of proper facilities. When they arrive in Mombasa they have to arrange their transport from their on either by bus, uber, taxi, boda boda(motorcycle taxi) and so on...

The travel market between Nairobi and Mombasa is growing but i do not think it exceeds 10,000 people per day traveling in both directions on all transport modes (planes, trains, buses). The service already carried 34,808 people within the first 15 days with only one train pair. I think there is an potential to capture the entire market but this would require just four to five daily train pairs...
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It might sound counter-intuitive to build such big stations for only 1-2,000 people per day initially but this actually proved to be valuable as seen in the first days of service. These stations are located on the outskirts of their respective agglomerations with roads leading to them being u/c and public transport being very inefficient or barly existing. To avoid being stuck in traffic jams etc people arrive quite early and are in need of proper facilities. When they arrive in Mombasa they have to arrange their transport from their on either by bus, uber, taxi, boda boda(motorcycle taxi) and so on...

The travel market between Nairobi and Mombasa is growing but i do not think it exceeds 10,000 people per day traveling in both directions on all transport modes (planes, trains, buses). The service already carried 34,808 people within the first 15 days with only one train pair. I think there is an potential to capture the entire market but this would require just four to five daily train pairs...
That does make sense, I've been to Kenya twice before and traffic is a nightmare. With public transportation being so inefficient I don't think it'll make people switch from cars to trains either. Or could I be wrong?
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That does make sense, I've been to Kenya twice before and traffic is a nightmare. With public transportation being so inefficient I don't think it'll make people switch from cars to trains either. Or could I be wrong?
Long Distance
If ud rather drive for 8 hours (sometimes more than 10 hours but lets be optimistic) compared to taking a 4 and 1/2 hour train then be my guest do it.

Long distance bus companies are already feeling it because the train takes a considerably shorter amount of time and its comfortable. Just Kes. 700 (US$ 7) for a ticket and the cabins look great.

Commuter Rail
The Syokimau Commuter rail passes right through the station so with very few adjustments people can take the commuter train into the CBD immediately after alighting.

The Syokimau Commuter train is pretty clean even by international standards.

For Nairobi South or Mombasa Station u can simply ask someone to drop u off at the station which is only 1 km from the main road and its as easy as that if u cant deal with matatus and bodabodas.
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