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Old November 15th, 2015, 08:17 AM   #141
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You mean grade separation, right? Grid is only for electricity...
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Old November 25th, 2015, 04:16 PM   #142
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The first bridge of Mombasa-Nairobi SGR project completed

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Funding agreed for Kenyan standard-gauge extension
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CHINA's Exim Bank has agreed to provide $US 1.5bn to fund 85% of the cost of extending the 609km Mombasa – Nairobi standard-gauge line currently under construction 120km north to Naivasha, while the Kenya government will fund the remaining 15%

"The National Treasury and China's Exim Bank will soon finalise compliance, before disbursement of the funds and the start of construction," says the Kenyan government

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Old December 8th, 2015, 11:43 PM   #144
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Will they upgrade the rest of the Kenyan network to Standard gauge?
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Old December 9th, 2015, 10:37 AM   #145
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Will they upgrade the rest of the Kenyan network to Standard gauge?
Yes and all future rail networks will be built to standard gauge.

This was released about 24 hrs ago, it shows the new route for the Northern Corridor Line

Kenya Railways | 8th Dec 2015



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The Government has adopted a totally new route for the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project. This new development will see rail transport introduced to areas that were not covered by the existing Metre Gauge Railway network. Under the phase, the line will traverse Naivasha, Narok, Bomet, Nyamira, Kisumu and Mumias on its way to Malaba border point.

The phase encompasses a 120 kilometre stretch from Nairobi to Naivasha; a 262 kilometre stretch from Naivasha to Kisumu through Narok, Bomet and Nyamira; and a 107 kilometre stretch from Kisumu to Malaba through Yala and Mumias. The total length of the network will be 489 kilometres. The Nairobi to Naivasha section is at financing identification stage whereas the Naivasha to Malaba section is at study stage.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 10:48 AM   #146
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The Contract for financing Phase II has been secured

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The rugged terrain between Nairobi and Naivasha has almost doubled the cost of the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), the government says.

The cost of constructing the 120 kilometres will be Sh153 billion ($1.5 billion), which is a lot more than the Sh327 billion ($3.8 billion) spent on the 427 kilometres from Mombasa to Nairobi, if the money is calculated per kilometre.

The government has been forced to explain the cost, following claims that the budget is inflated.

Similar concerns were raised over the first phase of the SGR, with the Opposition and civil society alleging the cost had been inflated.

In fact, the deal secured at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in South Africa is only 85 per cent of the financing extended by China Eximbank, while Kenya will provide the balance.

FLAT TOPOGRAPHY

The topography from Mombasa to Nairobi is almost flat although there are 98 bridges and 967 culverts along the stretch.

In a statement, Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) Managing Director Atanas Maina said the rugged terrain would require 28.2 kilometre bridges and 8.5 kilometre tunnels, which make up 30 per cent of the route and this is what will push up the budget.

Mr Maina said the section would be built over four-and-a-half years, including drilling a 5.3-kilometre tunnel at the edge of the Great Rift Valley escarpment.

“One of the tunnels at the edge of the escarpment will be 5.3 kilometres and will take years to drill hence the length of time it will take to complete the line,” Mr Maina added.

He also said the deal was negotiated as a lump sum with the contractor bearing the risk of variation as specified under the Turn-key EPC Contract.

This may have been informed by currency risks as the cost of inputs for the Mombasa section ballooned when the shilling slid more than 10 per cent against the US dollar.

The line will start at the Nairobi South Marshalling Yard and will run along the boundary of the Nairobi National Park up to Ole Sereni Hotel, off Mombasa Road.

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It will then join the pipeline corridor to Dagoretti and follow its corridor inside the Ngong Forest to the edge of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. The railway will then follow the escarpment to Mai Mahiu, cross road B33, pass south of mount Longonot and end at Naivasha.

PHASE FROM NAIVASHA TO KISUMU (Phase III)

There will be another phase of 262 kilometres from Naivasha to Kisumu through Narok, Bomet and Sondu.

This will include building of a new high capacity port in Kisumu that will be connected by an 8.9-kilometre branch line to the mainline. Another 107-kilometre phase from Kisumu will end at Malaba.

The cost was also pushed up by construction of one intermediate passenger station at Mai Mahiu and a freight intermodal exchange centre to be developed at 100 kilometres south of Mt Longonot.

Mr Maina said the exchange would be strategically located to serve the proposed Naivasha Industrial Park and transferring freight by road to places along the Naivasha, Nakuru–Eldoret road.

The section will support the park which will be located to south of Lake Naivasha. The line may also require acquisition of large tracts of land, hence money for compensation.

“It was never intended for SGR line to use the existing metre gauge railway corridor since the plan was to terminate at Inland Container Depot at Embakasi, which is to be expanded to handle increased cargo,” Mr Maina said.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said part of the package the President secured is the expansion and the modernisation of the Inland Container Depot at Embakasi will be separately funded.

The construction to begin next year, will cut through the Nairobi National Park and will be elevated to allow free movement of wildlife.
The cost per km will be more expensive considering the terrain that goes along the Great Rift Valley.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 11:25 AM   #147
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Standard Gauge Railway
Phase II


Commencing: ??
Completion: ??
Construction Period: 4 years, 6 months (approx)
Connecting: Nairobi and Naivasha
Distance: 120km approx.
Amount of track: ??
Railway stations: ??
Contractor: China Road and Bridge Corporation
Amount of workers: ??
Partner states: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan
Cost for Phase II: Kes. 153bn (US$ 1.5bn)
Cost per KM: Kes. 1.275bn (US$ 12.5mn)
Funding source for Phase II: (85% China Exim Bank) (15% Government of Kenya)
Estimated cost of entire project: Kes. 1.3 trillion (US$ 13.2bn)

Some Pictures of the Great Rift Valley

The great rift Valley, Kenya by beestonadventures


Wildebeest Galore by Ashwati Vipin


Lake Naivasha by Stephan Strange Photography


Impalas - Crescent Island, Lake Naivasha, Kenya by David d'O

Construction will also involve the development of a joint Kenyan-Chinese industrial park
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Old December 9th, 2015, 12:10 PM   #148
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Phase II will run through the Great Rift Valley and the industrial park will be located in Naivasha
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Old December 9th, 2015, 12:29 PM   #149
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No animals walking on rails???
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Looks beautiful , will all future lines be electrified?
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Old December 10th, 2015, 09:00 AM   #151
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Rich landowners hit by changes to SGR route

The Standard | 8th June 2015

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Kenya Railways told The Standard that the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), altered the plans because the initial route was on a flight path out of the Moi International Airport, and would have posed a danger for planes landing and taking off at the facility.

Some well connected speculators are an unhappy lot after their hopes of a rich pay day went up in smoke when the route of the prized standard gauge railway was altered to bypass their parcels of land on a 15km stretch between the port in Mombasa and Mariakani.

Kenya Railways told The Standard that the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), had to alter the plans because the initial route was on a flight path out of the Moi International Airport, and would have posed a danger for planes landing and taking off at the facility.

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.

The parcels affected are said to belong to rich individuals known to the Government, but Kenya Railways officials denied that the changes by the contractor were made with the rich landlords who own the 100 parcels in mind.
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Old December 10th, 2015, 09:14 AM   #152
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No animals walking on rails???
Sorry no, its just so rare to see animals walking on rails cause rail lines don't really cross most of the major animal habitation zones like the Maasai Mara National Reserve and Amboseli National Park.

The railway does go through the Tsavo but since its so sparse, its highly unlikely photos have been taken.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 08:13 AM   #153
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The East African | 27th December 2015





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At least Kenya will have the technology to build subways and bridges by the end of the project.
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Old December 28th, 2015, 12:15 PM   #156
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Only 40 km/h an hour through the tunnel? If true that's a pretty low level construction to be honest...

This article makes it out as something special, but actually unless the ground conditions are extremely challenging constructing a tunnel of such a length is piece of cake. There are hundreds of railway tunnels of that size in both Europe and Asia.
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Only 40 km/h an hour through the tunnel? If true that's a pretty low level construction to be honest...

This article makes it out as something special, but actually unless the ground conditions are extremely challenging constructing a tunnel of such a length is piece of cake. There are hundreds of railway tunnels of that size in both Europe and Asia.
It is a small step for Kenya I admit but its better we start small in this case, afterwards we can have longer tunnels and we can build sth world class after we see how the 40 kph does.

Its will still be Africa's second largest tunnel though so there's that.
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This guyz are just too fast. Masimba Station, one of the 33 small stations along the SGR


they are working fast
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More pictures of Masimba Station located 6km from Masimba, Makueni County
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Masimba Railway Station, located 6kms from Masimba Town shines in bright yellow as workers finish up the interiors. The station is raised to be on the same level with the railway. The station compound has other 4 other buildings including a substation.











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