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Old November 28th, 2013, 02:29 AM   #141
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This is in Changamwe, Mombasa where the 4 east african presidents will launch the railway line tomorrow (pics courtesy of a friend who's part of the project)

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Old November 28th, 2013, 08:10 AM   #142
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Here is the image of the train..........



President Kenyatta receives a model of a modern train from Mr Liu Qitao, the chairman of the China Communications Construction Company at State House, Nairobi, Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s ground-breaking ceremony for a standard gauge railway that will run from Mombasa to Malaba and eventually to Kampala, Kigali and Juba.


Construction work will be undertaken in three phases with Phase One starting from Mombasa to Nairobi, followed by Nairobi-Malaba and Kisumu in Phase Two and Malaba-Kisumu to Kampala in Phase Three. The projected completion date is 2016.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 12:00 PM   #143
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This is in Changamwe, Mombasa where the 4 east african presidents will launch the railway line tomorrow (pics courtesy of a friend who's part of the project)

Concrete sleepers....i like
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Old November 28th, 2013, 12:57 PM   #144
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You can watch the launch of the standard gauge railway-LIVE

http://www.kenyamoja.com/tv/kbc-live/
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Old November 28th, 2013, 01:22 PM   #145
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I haven't been this excited since Thika Road Construction was starting. Can't wait to see this railroad reach Nairobi and finally to Malaba.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 01:34 PM   #146
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Same here, the Kenyan economy needs more +shocks like this.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 03:05 PM   #147
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I haven't been this excited since Thika Road Construction was starting. Can't wait to see this railroad reach Nairobi and finally to Malaba.
Because it's divided into 3 phases does it mean they will start in Mombasa, another one start in Nairobi, and another in kisumu?
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Old November 28th, 2013, 03:08 PM   #148
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I haven't been this excited since Thika Road Construction was starting. Can't wait to see this railroad reach Nairobi and finally to Malaba.
You can imagine how the economy will gain from this project directly during construction. I wish we had steel and iron factories, this would the biggest boosts to that company. It's an industry. 1.2trillion in three years? That's a lot of money. I hope a lot of materials are from Kenya.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 03:11 PM   #149
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Because it's divided into 3 phases does it mean they will start in Mombasa, another one start in Nairobi, and another in kisumu?
If the presidents were thinking and coordinating well, malaba Kampala and Kampala Kigali should start not too. So that it all starts operating at once. Transportation for the masses and bulk. Now that's a moving economy!!
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Old November 28th, 2013, 03:18 PM   #150
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Because it's divided into 3 phases does it mean they will start in Mombasa, another one start in Nairobi, and another in kisumu?
I don't think so i believe that when the first phase reaches Nairobi in late 2015. Then the other lines constructions would begin.

It would have been cool if the projects were both started in malaba and mombasa and the epicenter being reached in Nairobi. Just like the east and west railroads in america.

Now i wonder if RVR will finally begin there track upgrades to standard gauge.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 06:30 PM   #151
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Old November 28th, 2013, 06:42 PM   #152
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Old November 28th, 2013, 08:00 PM   #153
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Now i wonder if RVR will finally begin there track upgrades to standard gauge.
This, my friend, is the final nail in the RVR coffin. I read somewhere that China will also provide the locomotives for this line. RVR will simply not compete. Even the intercity bus companies are getting jitters about this project which will drastically cut travel time between all major cities.
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This, my friend, is the final nail in the RVR coffin. I read somewhere that China will also provide the locomotives for this line. RVR will simply not compete. Even the intercity bus companies are getting jitters about this project which will drastically cut travel time between all major cities.
There is a silver lining in every cloud. They'll find a way I'm sure. I'm just not sure how two rails are supposed to work along one another, one obsolete tech and the other new. Do they do this anywhere in the world?
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Old November 28th, 2013, 10:01 PM   #155
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Old November 28th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #156
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This, my friend, is the final nail in the RVR coffin. I read somewhere that China will also provide the locomotives for this line. RVR will simply not compete. Even the intercity bus companies are getting jitters about this project which will drastically cut travel time between all major cities.
Maybe the intercity companies are the one trying to sabotage the project through some MP's with all this chat about how the project was single sourced. What these idiots don't seem to realize is that China did Kenya a favor by providing the funding, and no other country or institution was willing to do so at the Chineses terms. So in such cases Single sourcing makes sense.

Plus we are not getting screwed on the price. This is obvious to anyone with any rail experience. Could we have gotten in 20% cheaper. Who cares. We are saving so much on the loan it more than makes up for it.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 10:28 PM   #157
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Forget the price, once this is complete we have uganda by the balls and thats important
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Old November 29th, 2013, 03:18 AM   #158
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This, my friend, is the final nail in the RVR coffin. I read somewhere that China will also provide the locomotives for this line. RVR will simply not compete. Even the intercity bus companies are getting jitters about this project which will drastically cut travel time between all major cities.
People from the private sector could also invest in a train going by what I know, the govt is trying to make sure that the only thing they own is the track.
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Forget the price, once this is complete we have uganda by the balls and thats important


And as they say,

When You've Got Them By The Balls,Their Hearts And Minds Will Follow.
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Forget the price, once this is complete we have uganda by the balls and thats important
The reality is it will also cost Kenya as it will make any happenings in Kenya a national security issue for Uganda. That will mean that any policy by Kenyan leadership that is seen as a threat to our access to the sea is legitimate grounds to intervene in Kenyan affairs and support Kenyan groups whose interests are aligned with our interests.
That will result in military interventions in Kenyan affairs increasing in frequency. You all know how Uganda sent troops to help quash the luo uprising in western kenya in 2008 over Odinga. Expect such interventions to increase in frequency and the reality is there is nothing much u can do about is as we have an option of building a rail link with tanzania which can compensate for any adverse political and public reaction to our continuous intervention in your affairs. While you need us for your export markets as we are your largest trading partner and are likely to be so for the long term as our population is expected to exceed yours in in 25 years time.
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