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I think there is a lot of demand for this route.KR is just playing safe replying once aa week very slow train. The should get serious. Upgrade the line to handle faster moving trains and use DMU type of train, let the schedule be daily for both directions. One train heading to. Nanyuki in the morning and another heading to Nairobi in the morning.
 

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Kenyan Railways (KR) has increased the number of trains plying the Nairobi-Nanyuki route in order to meet the holiday rush for Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The increased demand for the rail service will now see two more trains added on the route starting Friday, December 25.
This is after the available trains were fully booked Thursday, necessitating the corporation to transport the remaining passengers by the Nairobi Commuter Rail buses.


To meet the high demand, KR will therefore run a train to Nanyuki on Christmas day and two trains on December 27 and December 31, 2020 and January 2, 2021, departing at 9am from Nanyuki and Nairobi respectively.
“The corporation will run another train tomorrow, on Christmas Day, from Nairobi to Nanyuki to cater for the high demand witnessed this morning at the Nairobi Central Railway station,” said KR Managing Director Philip Mainga on Thursday.

The MD said they were overwhelmed after passengers turned up in large numbers Thursday morning at the Nairobi Central Railway Station, streaming in from as early as 6am, and by 8am, the train was full to capacity.
This triggered KR to add additional coaches and introduce an additional pair of trains during the remaining festive season.
For passenger convenience, Mr Mainga requested travellers to make their bookings a day in advance at Nairobi Central Railway station, Makadara, Dandora, Mwiki, Githurai, Kahawa, Ruiru, Thika, Sagana, Karatina, Kiganjo and Nanyuki while ensuring they carry proper identification documents.
“The service fares will remain the same with a complete trip going for Sh200 for the economy class and Sh1,000 for business class. The train will make stops at the Intermediate stations along the route which are Thika, Mitubiri, Makuyu, Maragua, Murang’a Sagana, Kiganjo and Naromoru,” he said.

Source: DN
 

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Are they using the old coaches ?
Stalling and slow trains are the reasons people preferred buses and matatus, and the reasons railway transportation collapsed. Reliability is one of the most important factors in transportation. The idea that when you set on a journey you’ll get there safely and at the expected time every time. That’s currency in transportation. They better watch out.
 

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They spent the whole night there..and rescue buses were sent in the morning.
With the train having an open toilet that drains on the tracks, that place must smell like a sewer right now.
 

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I wonder in KR have a policy to compensate stranded passengers in the event they fail to "deliver" on their service. I can imagine some guys had booked rooms in some hotel somewhere in Nanyuki and they ended up spending the night in the boonies
 

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They spent the whole night there..and rescue buses were sent in the morning.
With the train having an open toilet that drains on the tracks, that place must smell like a sewer right now.
You mean the railway tracks are a reservoir for bacterial and other infections all the way? Never knew that, but that must be disgusting. That’s a health hazard, how does NEMA allow that? These trains should be grounded for that reason alone, it’s unsafe for human occupancy.
 

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They spent the whole night there..and rescue buses were sent in the morning.
With the train having an open toilet that drains on the tracks, that place must smell like a sewer right now.
These engines can’t handle the terrain. They should be using the refurbished GE world bank bought engines. That somehow disappeared after RVR folded.

The first class coaches actually have toilets with a tank to be emptied. The second class use the refurbished coaches for commuter travel not sure if they have bathrooms... But we still got a long way to go...
 

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honestly why cant we just buy new engines. This quest for cheap things leads to such situations. Also why are we using toilets that deposit on the tracks? This was cutting edge tech at the end of the 19th century, are we or are we not in the 21st century.
 

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honestly why cant we just buy new engines. This quest for cheap things leads to such situations. Also why are we using toilets that deposit on the tracks? This was cutting edge tech at the end of the 19th century, are we or are we not in the 21st century.
I fully agree..Its a shame that we are celebrating the refurbishment of this line which is being served by such ancient equipment. Passenger service using those old locomotives and coaches will fail even in the Western Kenya line which is also being revived. Its too slow and uncomfortable. How do you travel all that long sitting in those benches where you face each other?!!! Govt should find a way to refurbish those coaches locally by modernising the plumbing, having drop holes for toilets is not acceptable any more!! And also have comfortable seats where you don't face each other.
 

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KR is playing to safe. They are doing minimal investment as far commuter transport is concerned. Maybe KR should be broken into two companies. One for Cargo and another for passenger so that that improvement on commuter may receive the focus it deserves.

This Nairobi-naanyuki line could have served as a good case study before the launch to other routes such as western Kenya.

All they need to do is to ensure tracks can allow trains travelling at a minimum speed of 80kM/hr and import second hand proper inter county trains. I believe travelling to Nanyuki should be between 2 - 2 1/2 hours even with all those stops at intermediary stations.

there should be at minimum 4 trains a day (2 morning hours, 2 afternoon hours) each coming from opposite directions. Each train should carry at-least 500 people.
 

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Can those old tracks handle 80km per hour?
All they need to do is to ensure tracks can allow trains travelling at a minimum speed of 80kM/hr and import second hand proper inter county trains. I believe travelling to Nanyuki should be between 2 - 2 1/2 hours even with all those stops at intermediary stations.
 

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One for Cargo and another for passenger so that that improvement on commuter may receive the focus it deserves.
*An infrastructure company and a rail service company - the infrastructure company is responsible for maintaining and building track making sure the service the government wants to run on it can actually run on it and gets funds from the railway development levy plus track age fees.

A railway company that enters into a concession agreement with the government in which the companies guarantees to run a service to the contractual agreed timetable and with rolling stock that meets the contractual set standards - the government compensate the company per wagon-km so the company is able to meets the operational as well as capital cost for the rolling stock.

Under the current model KR is forced to constantly cut costs somewhere nor make significant investments as funds are not even consistent enough to keep running.

There is no way any kind of rail service on that line that supposed to attract passengers at acceptable price levels can cover operational costs let alone rolling stock or infrastructure.
 

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The massively failed RVR concession left a bad taste in the mouth of KR. Wouldn't be surprised if KR is hesitant on signing a new concession agreement for commuter rail services on the meter gauge line, outside of a China based/affiliated operator.
 
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