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Old January 11th, 2016, 12:16 PM   #161
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I love the project, only thing is that some stations (like the above) seem to made in Google SketchUp and coloured by a five year old.
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I love the project, only thing is that some stations (like the above) seem to made in Google SketchUp and coloured by a five year old.
It's for a small town so no need to be extravagant...
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Old January 11th, 2016, 02:59 PM   #163
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You can make a really simple structure look ellegant. This bright yellow and sluggish concrete structure looks plain ugly. You can't tell me that a architect would look at that building and say "damm, I've done a great job here".

This is a very simple station as well, same size at least:
(Corby Railway Station)
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Old January 11th, 2016, 03:44 PM   #164
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You can make a really simple structure look ellegant. This bright yellow and sluggish concrete structure looks plain ugly. You can't tell me that a architect would look at that building and say "damm, I've done a great job here".

This is a very simple station as well, same size at least:
(Corby Railway Station)
You know thats true... But kenyan architects still have a calling for old english architecture. But i think the design was chosen to keep things cool and away from the hot african sun.
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Old January 12th, 2016, 09:19 AM   #165
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Talk Africa: The SGR Project in Kenya

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Old January 12th, 2016, 10:28 AM   #166
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Old January 13th, 2016, 07:06 AM   #167
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First railway port in East Africa being constructed by China



The first special port only for railway transportation is now being constructed by Chinese company in Mombasa, the major port city of Kenya.
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Old January 15th, 2016, 10:26 AM   #168
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The Ndumoto 3 Bridge spans 215 meters across the Ndumoto seasonal river. The river causes extensive flooding in the area which necessitated a bridge of such length. The bridge has adopted a 2 T shaped abutment on both ends.







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Old January 15th, 2016, 11:35 AM   #169
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Do I understand well, from those pictures, that the line is single-track, but the
right of way is foreseen for two tracks from the beginning ? What about bridges
and other constructions ? Also foreseen for double track ?
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Do I understand well, from those pictures, that the line is single-track, but the
right of way is foreseen for two tracks from the beginning ? What about bridges
and other constructions ? Also foreseen for double track ?
The line is single track which is a failure on the part of the govt and the financier.

However, there are multiple tracks when u approach the passing stations which are like 33

There are also 7 major stations, which obviously have double track.

Its single track even for bridges, sadly the focus was to have a modern rail network that didnt affect wildlife migration patterns and etc.
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Old January 15th, 2016, 07:30 PM   #171
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I bet it was just to save money. Double track bridges/viaducts would affect wildlife migration just as much or little as a single track structure.
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I bet it was just to save money. Double track bridges/viaducts would affect wildlife migration just as much or little as a single track structure.
Yeah, pretty much. I wont argue on that.

But I was talking about wildlife migration because cost per km of rail in a country like Ethiopia is lower because not the same things have been done.

Kenya's railway is grade separated even where animals cross, not the same case in Ethiopia's.

So for single track the govt has actually done well in terms of environmental impact etc even though its still friggin single track.
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Progress


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Mazeras Super Bridge, North West of Mombasa.

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Old January 19th, 2016, 04:04 PM   #174
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Kenya's megaprojects: What can $50 billion do for a country?

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Mombasa rail station - Kenya is already an infrastructure powerhouse of East Africa -- leading the region for investment. But the next few years will see a quantum leap forward, with tens of billions of dollars to be spent on some of the world's most spectacular transport, energy and technology projects -- such as the new Mombasa rail station (above).

Through Vision 2030 (Kenya's economic and development blueprint), the government hopes to deliver a newly industrialized, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030.
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Old January 21st, 2016, 02:16 PM   #175
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http://en.ccccltd.cn/pub/jtxww/zjxw/...121_45050.html


The installation of telecommunication and signaling system at Masimba Station has been completed. Masimba Station will set the standard for other passing stations to follow.

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Old January 21st, 2016, 02:28 PM   #176
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50 km of the SGR track laid, Transport Ministry says

Business Daily Africa | 14th January 2016




The station in the background is the Nairobi South Station, really hope it turns out like the renders

Also the partner countries now also include the DRC bringing the total number of partner states to 5, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and the DRC

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Old January 24th, 2016, 04:06 PM   #177
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Chinese new technologies introduced into Africa via Nairobi-Mombasa railway

This Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway connects Kenya’s largest cities, Nairobi and Mombasa.

With the expedition of the SGR project, the Chinese engineers have taken the accolades for the historical ‘project of the century’ with pride. Being the first time that the standard technology has been introduced in Kenya and Africa at large.

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Old January 28th, 2016, 02:12 AM   #178
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The SGR windfall: Firms cash in on mega rail project

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/busin...oject&pageNo=1

The projections for 2016 are largely positive, which is welcome news for a country that faced headwinds for the better part of 2015. Analysts expect the economy to grow at over 5 per cent this year on the back of on-going infrastructure projects.

Prominent among these projects is the standard gauge railway (SGR). The Sh350 billion high-capacity railway line is the largest project in Kenya in half a century, and is supposed to run from the port city of Mombasa to the border town of Malaba. And while the project might have left a gaping hole in the country’s current account, analysts believe the project will make up for this once it starts running — or even before it is completed through the ‘multiplier effect’, as more people get employed and suppliers get paid.

Indeed, local suppliers of SGR hired by the project’s contractors, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), have started to cash in. They include manufacturers of cement and steel, sand harvesters and suppliers of explosives. One such happy supplier is Nitro Chemicals. The firm was contracted in mid-2014 to supply explosives for all phases of the project. Pratik Sanghrajka is a senior manager at Nitro Chemicals, and although he would not say the exact amount his company has made from the project, he admits that it is the best deal they have ever clinched. In fact, it is worth more than double the amount of business the firm has had to date, he said.

New hires

As a result, the company, which also supplies blasting materials to virtually all major cement manufacturers in the country, has had to double its imports of materials. This has required the outsourcing of more trucks for transport, hiring of more personnel, and, due to the sensitivity of the products, hiring of more police officers to escort the explosives to SGR sites. “Before, we only needed two officers for a simple delivery from Mombasa to Nairobi,” said Mr Pratik.

The railway project is also compelling local suppliers to re-align their business practices to those of the Chinese, which so far appears to be a good thing. Daniel Muriithi Migwi, the founder of construction firm Techno Aid, said he has had to learn to keep up with the working rate and ethic of the Chinese. Mr Migwi’s company was sub-contracted by CRBC to carry out stone pitching, that is, providing a hard-wearing surface for steep paths, as well as doing drainages. He admits the margins are not very good, but the huge volume of work makes up for this. “There is a lot of work, and you have to work very fast like the Chinese, otherwise you will delay the project. Your presence at the site is also very critical,” he said, adding that some sub-contractors have quit along the way as the work load was just too demanding for them. In a recent interview with Business Beat, Bamburi Cement Country Manager Bruno Pescheux said his firm had to change its standards to clinch the deal to supply SGR with cement. “[CRBC] wanted products that would comply with Chinese standards. Bamburi also has its standards. We were, therefore, forced to change our standards. We did not want to lose the market to imports, so we adopted their standards,” he said.

Steel Makers, one of the largest steel suppliers in the country and a major player in several high-profile infrastructure projects, is among five companies contracted to supply SGR with the structural alloy. Bobby Johnson, a director at Steel Makers, said he is happy with the fact that other local steel companies have got an opportunity to participate in the project. “A project of this magnitude cannot rely on one supplier,” he said, adding that multiple suppliers assure a contractor that there will be no disruptions in supply. For Steel Makers, the contract may not have changed operations in a significant fashion, but it has added another enviable feather to its cap. Mr Johnson added that Kenyan firms are not supplying all the steel for the project. For instance, steel rails are not produced locally. Local firms are, however, supplying steel for bridges and civil works such as culverts. Further, the sleepers — rectangular support for the rails — for the SGR, unlike in the current gauge line, are made of concrete, reducing the amount of steel needed.
Migwi, who has about 140 employees, is also pleased with the fact that CRBC payments come on time. The local contractors and their staff have also had an opportunity to get lessons on doing business with people from diverse cultures. “One thing you learn when you work with the Chinese is that you have to be very hands on,” added Pratik. To get the job, the companies that submitted bids underwent stringent quality control tests and background checks to ascertain their capability to handle large projects, said Johnson.

More opportunities

In the third quarter of 2015, all the companies that met the threshold of SGR requirement were invited to submit bids during an open tender process. Johnson said Steel Makers has supplied steel for several infrastructure projects that demand high standards of quality, and SGR is no exception. The project, which is 60 per cent complete, with 50 kilometres already under rail, also needs construction aggregate, timber and ballast, meaning there are more business opportunities for interested entrepreneurs. But there is a catch. “If you want to supply anything to the SGR, make sure you understand and meet the requirements of the project,” said Johnson, adding that the contractor has very specific standards. Migwi added that it is also important that you are available and have the time to go to project sites. Pratik thinks Nitro Chemicals was chosen to supply the project with explosives because of its superior supply chain. The firm gets its materials from India, France and China, which means it can be relied on to bring in goods every two weeks. “You have to be really aggressive when you are working with the Chinese,” he said.
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In a way that reminds me of when Sweden built its mainline railways back in the late 1800s. There was no big foreign company handling the project, but the build up of industrial capacity that was needed, the boost in the economy from all the new jobs and the way a large investment (the railways were about half the national government's budget for several years iirc) will lead to a big return on investment that will provide a larger tax base in time.
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Mombasa West Station | Changamwe

Forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=954002

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Foundation works for the observation tower of Mombasa West Station completed. The observation tower at Mombasa will be 53m high with a diameter of 5m.


Piling works for other portions of Mombasa West Station continues.

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