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Good Stuff. Now imagine the creation of an intermodal station connected to Lamu Port that will be very big money.
 

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Kenya Railways expects Sh370.4 mln per year from 240km Nairobi-Nanyuki railway line

Not bad. Once the necessary facilities are roaring again this will be a job creator, and bring back manufacturing back to the region even agricultural products will flourish.
 

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Not bad. Once the necessary facilities are roaring again this will be a job creator, and bring back manufacturing back to the region even agricultural products will flourish.
Now that the government is serious about getting KMC profitable again, expect all the laikipia ranches to start sending beef products on this line. If Mountex gets restarted and starts a chain reaction of textile EPZ firms around there, KR will be the mode of choice to transport raw materials and finished products.
 

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Now that the government is serious about getting KMC profitable again, expect all the laikipia ranches to start sending beef products on this line. If Mountex gets restarted and starts a chain reaction of textile EPZ firms around there, KR will be the mode of choice to transport raw materials and finished products.
I am still skeptical about the long term viability of this Nrb - Nanyuki line. The line died a natural death due to lack of business due to improvement of the A2 road from Nanyuki to Kenol (Makutano) which made it cheaper and faster to ferry goods from Nairobi to Nanyuki, Karatina, Sagana and other central Kenya towns. The main cargo in the 80s and 90s that kept the line profitable were cement (from athi river to KNTC Nanyuki), fertiliser, pesticides etc (KFA), Sugar and molasses (from Western Kenya companies), Maize, wheat (Kenya Cereal board), Coffee (KPCU), Cattle (To KMC) fuel (Kenya Shell). timber (Timsales) and Cotton (Mountex). KNTC, KFA, and Mountex are long dead. The land where Mountex used to be was even sold and its now a residential area. Kenya Fibre Factory never took off and the land was bought by Braeburn.

The KR land where cattle sheds used to be was also "eaten" . The land that was around Nanyuki Railway station had been reserved for industries but that zoning was abandoned long ago and now the area has residential flats. There is no more land for an EPZ around there. The only product that is currently being ferried by the line is fuel to Kenya Shell storage tanks (Now Vivo energy). The flower and vegetable farms have their own refrigerated trucks which move the products straight to JKIA and there is no line between Nairobi railway terminal to JKIA. The only other major client in Nanyuki would be the military especially British Army if they agree to move their equipment by rail.
KR can try to tap into the very many small traders in Nanyuki with low rates to motivate them to deliver their goods to Nairobi Railway terminal instead of tea room where Matatus operate dedicated courier vans and canters.
 

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I am still skeptical about the long term viability of this Nrb - Nanyuki line. The line died a natural death due to lack of business due to improvement of the A2 road from Nanyuki to Kenol (Makutano) which made it cheaper and faster to ferry goods from Nairobi to Nanyuki, Karatina, Sagana and other central Kenya towns. The main cargo in the 80s and 90s that kept the line profitable were cement (from athi river to KNTC Nanyuki), fertiliser, pesticides etc (KFA), Sugar and molasses (from Western Kenya companies), Maize, wheat (Kenya Cereal board), Coffee (KPCU), Cattle (To KMC) fuel (Kenya Shell). timber (Timsales) and Cotton (Mountex). KNTC, KFA, and Mountex are long dead. The land where Mountex used to be was even sold and its now a residential area. Kenya Fibre Factory never took off and the land was bought by Braeburn.

The KR land where cattle sheds used to be was also "eaten" . The land that was around Nanyuki Railway station had been reserved for industries but that zoning was abandoned long ago and now the area has residential flats. There is no more land for an EPZ around there. The only product that is currently being ferried by the line is fuel to Kenya Shell storage tanks (Now Vivo energy). The flower and vegetable farms have their own refrigerated trucks which move the products straight to JKIA and there is no line between Nairobi railway terminal to JKIA. The only other major client in Nanyuki would be the military especially British Army if they agree to move their equipment by rail.
KR can try to tap into the very many small traders in Nanyuki with low rates to motivate them to deliver their goods to Nairobi Railway terminal instead of tea room where Matatus operate dedicated courier vans and canters.
Many of those government parastatals and companies can still use the rail services to reduce on cost. For certain, the British army have expressed interest in using this line. Laikipia county is trying to revive Mountex after seeing what Ngilu is doing in Kitui, KMC/KFA e.t.c will follow suit due to economies of scale so its a matter of time for the line to start generating interest from multiple corners. Not forgetting some like KCC Kiganjo, Brookside, Maisha flour mills, NCPB stores which all have branch lines to this railway line and are still active.

I don't like looking at railway lines as being "for profit" ventures rather than enablers of business around them with multiplier effects. trust me, at the rate Nanyuki and other towns around this line are growing, there will be businesses that will need to use this railway line sooner or later.
 

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There is a lot of potential for this rail. For example in Makuyu, Kakuzi can transport their poles and export avocadoes via the rail instead of trucks. They already have a highly regarded butchery and they can transport their meat via rail (not sure if they export meat though). Del Monte is already using the Thika station to transport their cargo (canned pineapples, juices etc). The rail in not only for Nanyuki and Nyeri businesses...
 

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I am still skeptical about the long term viability of this Nrb - Nanyuki line. The line died a natural death due to lack of business due to improvement of the A2 road from Nanyuki to Kenol (Makutano) which made it cheaper and faster to ferry goods from Nairobi to Nanyuki, Karatina, Sagana and other central Kenya towns. The main cargo in the 80s and 90s that kept the line profitable were cement (from athi river to KNTC Nanyuki), fertiliser, pesticides etc (KFA), Sugar and molasses (from Western Kenya companies), Maize, wheat (Kenya Cereal board), Coffee (KPCU), Cattle (To KMC) fuel (Kenya Shell). timber (Timsales) and Cotton (Mountex). KNTC, KFA, and Mountex are long dead. The land where Mountex used to be was even sold and its now a residential area. Kenya Fibre Factory never took off and the land was bought by Braeburn.

The KR land where cattle sheds used to be was also "eaten" . The land that was around Nanyuki Railway station had been reserved for industries but that zoning was abandoned long ago and now the area has residential flats. There is no more land for an EPZ around there. The only product that is currently being ferried by the line is fuel to Kenya Shell storage tanks (Now Vivo energy). The flower and vegetable farms have their own refrigerated trucks which move the products straight to JKIA and there is no line between Nairobi railway terminal to JKIA. The only other major client in Nanyuki would be the military especially British Army if they agree to move their equipment by rail.
KR can try to tap into the very many small traders in Nanyuki with low rates to motivate them to deliver their goods to Nairobi Railway terminal instead of tea room where Matatus operate dedicated courier vans and canters.
This is why Kenya needs an export oriented industry based economic strategy. We should create industrial clusters along the railway with a goal to export products to other nations. The MGR died because our industries died. A railway is like a road, what matters is not the profitability of the railway but the profitability of those using it. If the railway increases efficiency and profits for the users then it has succeeded.
 

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There should be a national cool storage logistics chain with the government setting up small cool storage warehouses close to the farmers where they can sell products of the required quality at fixed prices. From there the perishables are transported to regional centers connected to the rail network where european retailers can auction the produce, sort it onto reefer containers and directly transport them via rail to mombasa and ship them onto their distribution centers in europe. If this transport cool chain takes less than 20 days Kenya (and East Africa as a whole) can massively out compete air transport on lots of different perishable foods.



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This is why Kenya needs an export oriented industry based economic strategy. We should create industrial clusters along the railway with a goal to export products to other nations. The MGR died because our industries died. A railway is like a road, what matters is not the profitability of the railway but the profitability of those using it. If the railway increases efficiency and profits for the users then it has succeeded.
I wish the MGR could be explained so easily. For me it died because of state mismanagement and a few individuals wanting to profit from the transport logistics gaps left behind.
 

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I wish the MGR could be explained so easily. For me it died because of state mismanagement and a few individuals wanting to profit from the transport logistics gaps left behind.
Very much indeed if the government would have made it mandatory to have rail sidings for all those factories build in the past 30 years that require bulk imports MGR would be in a different state today. It wouldn't even add much cost to them most of them were already set-up close to the railway. If u look at all the cement plants in Athi River without rail sidings...
 

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I wish the MGR could be explained so easily. For me it died because of state mismanagement and a few individuals wanting to profit from the transport logistics gaps left behind.
State mismanagement also killed our industries too. State corporations like KPCU, NCPB, KPA, Rivatex, Mountex, KICOMI etc were all major customers of the MGR. When they collapsed, eventually the rot spread to Kenya Railways.
 

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We had thriving state companies and the incompetence and theft by state officials run them all to the ground. Look at Chinese state companies, they are the strongest in that economy. With good management we’d be i a better place today in manufacturing and industry.
 

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Very aesthetic. Where can I get my cowboy hat and boots.
 
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