Uganda Railways

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    I have been enjoying Adrian Garner's book "Monorails of the 19th Century." I discovered that the first rail link between what was at the time Port Kampala and Kampala itself was a monorail!

    Rolling stock was propelled along the line by bullocks rather than any form of mechanical propulsion.

    The line was less than 8 miles long and lasted no more than a few years.

    These are the details:

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/28/a-monorail-in-kampala
     
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    It is a while since I completed this thread about The Uganda Railway. Or at least thought I had completed it.

    In the autumn of 2020, someone kindly pointed out that I had not referenced the official history of the line which was published in 1949.

    At the end of 2020 I acquired copies of the 2 volume series compiled by M.F.Hill entitled 'Permanent Way'. These two books were produced for the East African Railways and Harbours, Nairobi, Kenya and, while being focussed on the Uganda Railway were as much a social and economic history of East Africa.

    This link will take you to some preliminary reflections which come from reading Hill's book and which I hope are not seen as being too far off topic:

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/12/1...-up-to-the-construction-of-the-uganda-railway

     
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    The Sugar Factory Branches off the Kisumu Line

    An on-line acquaintance has recently pointed out that the tenth article in this series about the Uganda Railway is incomplete in that it omits to cover two branch-lines which serve Sugar Cane Mills/Factories. I have returned to the trip along the Uganda Railway to complete the omitted part of the story - that of the Chemelil and Miwani Sugar Factory Branches. ........

    On the final approaches to Kisumu the line passed through a significant sugar cane growing region. Sugar processing factories were set up in two locations along the line - Chemelil and Miwani. Both these locations were provided with short branch-line connections to the main Nakuru to Kisumu line.

    https://rogerfarnworth.com/2021/03/...ar-factory-branches-on-the-approach-to-kisumu
     
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    This last post on the Micklehurst Loop completes the journey to Diggle and takes us to the mouths of the Standedge tunnels and Diggle Station.

    We completed our walk in January but returned in April to take a few pictures at the site of what was once Diggle Station. ....

    https://rogerfarnworth.com/2021/04/16/the-micklehurst-loop-part-4
     
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    Some great pics and interesting info on your website Roger. You've just got yourself another follower :thumbup:
     
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