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Old May 1st, 2015, 08:33 AM   #81
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Standard Gauge Railway
Phase I


Commencing: December 2014
Completion: Mid-2018
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, 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)

SGR Construction Progress
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The overall impact on the economy will outweigh all the debt issues.
As I understand it, the Chinese are counting on this. They're not just building it to get paid for this one project, they're building it to get into the Kenyan markets in a big way so they can share in profiting from the growth of Kenya.
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Old May 2nd, 2015, 11:52 AM   #83
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As I understand it, the Chinese are counting on this. They're not just building it to get paid for this one project, they're building it to get into the Kenyan markets in a big way so they can share in profiting from the growth of Kenya.
Yeah thats actually what they are doing. They've been bidding for projects at lower costs than just about everybody to get more and more access to Kenya and the African Great Lakes region.
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Old May 9th, 2015, 02:54 PM   #85
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Please change thread name into KENYA | Railways
The mods should have done that.
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Old May 9th, 2015, 03:02 PM   #86
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Section 7 Track Progress


A top view of the steel yard roofing. This is visible from an aircraft above the site

Line 2 Under construction Section7




This second line that runs parrarell to the T-beams storage location will be used to transport the beams out of the site to the installation site



Line 3 Under construction Section7





Line4 moves from the Sleeper Factory to the railway assembly yard. It will be used for moving finished Railway Sleepers to the yard











The first batch of Simple Turnouts have just arrived at Section7. Hate the fact that they are Made in China by China Railway Construction Heavy Industries Company. Hopefully in future we can start getting these made in the country when we get our iron industry sorted out. Pictures courtesy Megaprojects Kenya








Line 3 below makes its way across the site to the termination point with the SGR main line just outside the site. The SGR main line is yet to be built.






These 2 lines are almost meeting. 4 new lines have been laid at the site (Section7 ). They will join together with the main SGR line outside. All are for transportation of materials inside the site.


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Old May 12th, 2015, 05:19 PM   #87
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Railway Pillars at the Tsavo/Mtito Andei area






Acting Cabinet Secretary for Transport James Macharia, Uganda Minister for Works & Roads check out SGR progress. I don't care for the bigwigs by the way. Just the picture in the background.

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Section 7 Track Progress


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What kind of Soil is that? Is it soft , clay like?
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What kind of Soil is that? Is it soft , clay like?
Its in the South Eastern Kenya region (the counties of Machakos, Kitui and Makueni)

More specifically its the area around Mtito Andei, Makueni County, so yeah its red clay soil

However, as you approach Nairobi the soil type changes to black cotton soil
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SGR to be electrified

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The SGR is to be electrified with masts and high voltage wires to accommodate freight trains carrying double-stacked containers, hence the changes, said Kenya Railways official and SGR Project Manager Maxwell Mengich. "With double-stacked container freight trains, it necessitated a change to the initial design to avoid freight trains passing through the flight path near the Moi International Airport, leaving the Changamwe stretch to passenger trains only," Mengich explained....
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SGR Progress

The first parts of the Railway Cars for carrying the BridgeGirders have arrived. Each weighs in at 20+ tonnes


The final installation of the SimpleCutouts for Line 1


Track Laying Machine



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Megaprojects Kenya | 14 June 2015

After placing the cars on the track, they are pushed on the track after which the mechanical brake is applied.






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Old June 14th, 2015, 12:54 PM   #95
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Well public transportation should be integrated between the cities and the stations, so that whatever urban centre that has a station will grow more sustainably.



The overall impact on the economy will outweigh all the debt issues.
Yes, the impact on the Kenyan economy should be huge.
30,000 Kenyan workers are employed, that will be a big treasure for
Kenya. Skilled workers, experiences from the construction of infrastructure are another gain for Kenya.
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Megaprojects Kenya | 15 June 2015

Front view of the coach that just arrived at the Emali section. It will be used to move items on the site.


Under Belly and Tracks


Wheels and Brake System


The engine on the track, after servicing the engine shall be put to work by the end of the week.

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Kenya's SGR Lab produces high quality of cement for construction

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Old July 11th, 2015, 03:28 PM   #100
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This project makes a lot of sense from both Kenyan and Chinese point of view. One could argue even that it isn't quite ambitious enough by building it single track the entire way, but I guess money doesn't grow on trees even for Chinese.

One thing however puzzled me after reading this entire thread - a huge number of stations are projected (40, right?) and I imagine most of them would have little importance as far as freight is concerned (main reason for existence of the project, as far as I understand). I assume then that a significant passenger traffic is forecast as well, but then why are only 6 locomotives for passenger rail being acquired?
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