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Mnadhimu Mkuu
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Last week there have been 2 incidences where the Embakasi morning DMU broke down at Makadara and hence did not pick up passengers, and a more serious one of the Syokimau DMU breaking down just before reaching the syokimau platform and the doors jammed while it was suffocating hot inside with no Air Conditioning a situation that persisted for 30 minutes and the passengers contemplated breaking the emergency exits.
The syokimau DMU stalled again this evening just before Imara Daima with engine trouble. And it stalled again at SGR terminus, forcing passengers headed to the syokimau station to walk there.

I remember raising alarm that these sets would have reliability challenges here, now it has become the norm.
 

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Mnadhimu Mkuu
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I think that DMU is sick. Last night 6:30 it started growling weirdly about 400m from the station, then stalled. It then succeeded after struggling for several minutes. That's how I knew not to risk today's 6:30

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The DMUs are really struggling to cope with even with these limited journeys that they are making now. It really casts doubt on whether they will be able to maintain a straight 14 hour end to end shift as they do in other countries. Was the reconditioning of the engines really done to spec to give them the added years of service.
 

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Creo que la DMU está enferma. Anoche a las 6:30 empezó a gruñir extrañamente a unos 400 metros de la estación, y luego se estancó. Luego tuvo éxito después de luchar durante varios minutos. Así es como supe no arriesgarme a las 6:30 de hoy

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Las DMUs realmente están luchando para hacer frente incluso con estos viajes limitados que están haciendo ahora. Realmente pone en duda si serán capaces de mantener un cambio directo de 14 horas de extremo a extremo como lo hacen en otros países. Fue el reacondicionamiento de los motores realmente hecho a las especificaciones para darles los años 50 de servicio añadidos.
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It is not clear to me which units are broken, the old ones or the new arrivals from Spain?
 

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looks like the DMUs have developed problems within a short period time. This should be a lesson to KR. Either someone is messing up at maintenance or maybe the DMUs are the problem. They should consider buying new stock from Malaysia for meter gauge rather than subject commuters to this trouble.
 

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Diesel engines will last for a long time all it needs is good maintenance.

For starters is track vibrations causing timing issues within the vavles? Not plausible since the trains wouldn’t run at all.

Is the train getting ultra low sulfur diesel? Cause these are European trains. If not then the fuel filters will get clogged leading to the train stalling.

If not that then it could be the batteries need to get changed out. They may not be working at peak efficiency especially if they have been sitting for 10 years without use.
 

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It can only point to a maintanance problem... In africa especially sub-saharan africa outside of SA, you will find the trains are never maintained... it's a very bad culture... In the west trains including DMUs are normally very clean and giving very efficient and clean means of transport... If it goes unchecked those DMUs will look like paradiso and maranatha busses within a year.... Dirty and smelly... With no cleaning or servicing..
 

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looks like the DMUs have developed problems within a short period time. This should be a lesson to KR. Either someone is messing up at maintenance or maybe the DMUs are the problem. They should consider buying new stock from Malaysia for meter gauge rather than subject commuters to this trouble.
No, we need SGR in the whole system. I don’t agree with all this short term solution for a longterm problem. They Gould go ahead and overhaul the whole metre gauge system and replace it with modern SGR and rolling stock. No more this crying all over place about failed trains, dangerous railway system, etc. Tired of these self-inflicted problems.
 

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No, we need SGR in the whole system. I don’t agree with all this short term solution for a longterm problem. They Gould go ahead and overhaul the whole metre gauge system and replace it with modern SGR and rolling stock. No more this crying all over place about failed trains, dangerous railway system, etc. Tired of these self-inflicted problems.
MGR is quite efficient for short commute in a small city like Nairobi. SGR in Nairobi 2021 is like using a missile to kill a fly. The issue here is clearly the unserviced DMUs.
 

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MGR is quite efficient for short commute in a small city like Nairobi. SGR in Nairobi 2021 is like using a missile to kill a fly. The issue here is clearly the unserviced DMUs.
That’s the long running excuse. We need to modernize and move on. I believe it’s best the have SGR across the country once and for all!
 

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You can modernize the meter-gauge too. Both the meter-gauge and SGR have been with us since the early 1800s. Our recent adoption of the SGR makes it seem like it's a recent invention.

That’s the long running excuse. We need to modernize and move on. I believe it’s best the have SGR across the country once and for all!
 

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What’s good about the meter gauge that some people support it when over and over again we’ve discussed why it’s not good for the future; speed, tonnage, etc SGR outperforms this old line we have.
 

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Kenya has close to 2,800 kilometers of rail. Of that number, less than 600 is SGR. Because of financial constraints, we are unable to extend it. The number crunchers have realized that it's easier to revitalize the MGR than to extend the SGR. Why throw the child with the bath water? MGR is still a viable option and was always a viable option. The world over still has close to 100,000 kilometers of MGR, and many of those countries where it is still in operation are better off economically than we are and it seems to work just fine for them. If we can afford to modernize MGR, why not do so instead of discarding an asset that still has immense value?
When we modernize MGR we could factor in all the aspects that enhance faster speed and increased tonnage haulage. Much of our MGR constraints are in equipment and alignments of tracks. Japan and Malaysia have recorded higher speeds on their MGRs than we have on our SGR.


What’s good about the meter gauge that some people support it when over and over again we’ve discussed why it’s not good for the future; speed, tonnage, etc SGR outperforms this old line we have.
 
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