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Old August 26th, 2015, 08:52 AM   #101
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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?
Yeah 40 stations, most of them aren't going to matter in terms of freight.

I think the passenger trains being acquired are to test how the line is gonna do passenger wise. After a few years those Kenya would probably start focussing more on higher speed rail so those trains won't matter as much.
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Old August 26th, 2015, 08:55 AM   #102
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Construction of elevated railway in Athi River

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Old September 20th, 2015, 04:41 AM   #103
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Old September 20th, 2015, 04:44 AM   #104
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Pace of construction and delivery has actually been super fast
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Old September 21st, 2015, 03:39 PM   #106
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Railway construction is mutually beneficial to Africans and Chinese alike.
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Old September 26th, 2015, 09:20 PM   #107
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Old October 17th, 2015, 09:37 PM   #108
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Old October 24th, 2015, 09:28 PM   #109
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Kenya standard gauge railway on course five months after launch

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Chinese Technology in Africa | Standard Gauge Railway

CCTV Africa | 31 October 2015

  • For those who think Africans are too dumb to work with the Chinese
  • The Railway will really benefit the whole of the East African Region
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It's projects like this that make me wish we Western countries could get over the various governmental problems faced in African (though not just African) countries, so that we can aid the continent in ways that really affect daily life there. It seems to be progressing quite well, too.

I'm also very glad to see that the Chinese are at least making a show of technology and skill transfer. Anything to help local economies is good; I only hope that the occasional story of mistreatment of Kenyans is the exception, not the rule.
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Old November 1st, 2015, 08:03 PM   #112
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It's projects like this that make me wish we Western countries could get over the various governmental problems faced in African (though not just African) countries, so that we can aid the continent in ways that really affect daily life there. It seems to be progressing quite well, too.

I'm also very glad to see that the Chinese are at least making a show of technology and skill transfer. Anything to help local economies is good; I only hope that the occasional story of mistreatment of Kenyans is the exception, not the rule.
I can say that stories such as the mistreatment uve heard of are a rare case for Kenya. Another thing is that Western stereotypes make African countries look like they dont have democracy. Kenya has democracy, internet freedom is better than "actual democracies" like S. Korea. Actually the internet is ranked free. In Kenya people say whatever they want even about the President and nothing happens to them, I can't even say the same for S. Korea, because I've heard stories.

Another thing is that a lot of Kenyans see China as a development partner, cause the West just pillaged everything they could. Kenya's economy is now growing, the roads have never been better, although we need to start working on having sidewalks outside the business districts.

What bothers me is that no one talks about news like Bloomberg ranks Kenya’s growth rate third globally (source) when it comes to any African country. Everyone thinks Africans are weak and need a lot of aid. Even Kenyan govt policy has had to be specific and say that Kenya needs investment not handouts that don't change anything. People come to Kenya and build friggin wells and they think they've done sth, they haven't. The Chinese are actually building stuff. e.g. AVIC International Africa will be putting up six towers. Kenya needs investments not wells, those NGOs building wells could start a fund that channels their money towards life changing investment, not BS.
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Old November 5th, 2015, 08:10 PM   #113
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Standard Gauge Railway Project changing lives of Kenyan local communities

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  • Track laying has begun and is on schedule.
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Just wondering if I mist this. But is the new railway going to be electrified?
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Old November 6th, 2015, 09:04 PM   #115
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Just wondering if I mist this. But is the new railway going to be electrified?
Some news reports claim that they will but I'm unsure. However, I feel like they are likely to electrify the railway. Just check a few pages back, I posted a link from a reliable Kenyan paper saying that they will.
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Some news reports claim that they will but I'm unsure. However, I feel like they are likely to electrify the railway. Just check a few pages back, I posted a link from a reliable Kenyan paper saying that they will.
I'd be very surprised if the SGR isn't at least prepared for electrification. All clearances and such are bound to be the right size to fit the poles and wires in.
Why? Because the whole project is about long-term thinking! Electrification, if not done right away, will be talked about within a few years as solar power becomes very, very widespread.
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