Umeenda mbali. Look at Maputo, Harare, Bulawayo, Dakar, The major SA cities stations built roughly in the same time period...even Kampala got a better station than Nairobi. But as you said, we must have been a spot in the middle of nowhere to warrant a grand station.The Nairobi Central Railway station being over a century old today, was state of the art then. This is more or less an agemate of the Union Station in Washington DC. However, its unfair to compare the two stations, just like you cannot compare Kenya and the US in the early 1900s. In effect Kenya was nowhere (little known) on the world map then.