Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by rogerfarnworth » Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:47 pm

I anticipate that this is the final post in this series about Uganda Railway and its successors. I trust that you have enjoyed these posts. If you have, then I have been posting about metre-gauge lines in France and you might wish to look at those posts in due course!

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Metre-Gauge Railways in East Africa - Rolling Stock

This post provides a short survey of carriages, goods wagons and brake vans/cabooses on the network in Kenya and Uganda from the inception of the Uganda Railway in the 19th Century to through the demise of the East African Railways Corporation in 1977 on to 2018 when this post is being written. The approach is eclectic rather than structured and the post includes some interesting vehicles.

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by rogerfarnworth » Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:21 pm

Over Christmas 2018, I have taken some time to look through older Railway Magazines which have been waiting for my attention for months. I have enjoyed looking at copies of The Railway Magazine from 1950 and found a complete copy of an article about the Kenya-Uganda Railway in the April 1950 edition of the magazine.

I thought the full article may be of interest here. Please follow this link:

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by rogerfarnworth » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:41 pm

Continuing to read through the 1950 editions of The Railway Magazine, I came across this article in the June issue:

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by rogerfarnworth » Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:49 pm

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- ... in-kampala

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by george matthews » Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:35 pm

rogerfarnworth wrote: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- ... in-kampala
Later there was a short branch to Entebbe. One of its main uses was to take passengers from the steamer that connected Entebbe with Kisumu, before the direct rail line from Eldoret was finished. But the arrival of the direct railway led to the ending of the steamer service to Kisumu. The steamer did continue on the counter-clockwise route to Tanganyika, and perhaps the Entebbe branch catered to that too. But passenger service had long ceased on the rail by the 1960s. I imagine that the branch has long been disused.

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by rogerfarnworth » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:09 am

Yes George. The metre-gauge line from Kampala to Port Bell ultimately removed the need for the monorail, although by that time it was oin a very poor condition anyway.

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by george matthews » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:12 am

In the early colonial period there was a need to connect Uganda to the rest of the world. That was achieved by the steamer service to Port Bell and the short rail connections to Kampala itself. But with the direct rail connections via Eldoret the steamer was more expensive, requiring two additional transfers: at Kisumu and Port Bell. The need for the short rail connection to Kampala disappeared. It is not surprising that it decayed and was abandoned. That is a process found all over the world, not least in Britain itself, where numerous short branch lines were replaced by road transport. The Port Bell line could only have been considered viable in contrast to the road if there were to be several ferry services a day. That is not credible. I travelled on the road to Port Bell when I was a student at Makerere. It was really just a road within the Kampala urban area.

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by johnthefireman » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:51 am

Two ribbons of rust: The railway lines scandals from days of yore
Railways are supposed to be the routes to riches, but in Kenya, they have historically been the routes of the rich...

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by rogerfarnworth » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:58 am

Interesting, John.
Thank you for posting this.
Very best wishes
Roger

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by george matthews » Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:06 pm

It is not surprising that the Chinese have turned out to be just as oppressive as the Europeans had been.

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by george matthews » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:21 pm

george matthews wrote:
rogerfarnworth wrote: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- ... in-kampala
Later there was a short branch to Port~Bell. One of its main uses was to take passengers from the steamer that connected Entebbe with Kisumu, before the direct rail line from Eldoret was finished. But the arrival of the direct railway led to the ending of the steamer service to Kisumu. The steamer did continue on the counter-clockwise route to Tanganyika, and perhaps the Port Bell branch catered to that too. But passenger service had long ceased on the rail by the 1960s. I imagine that the branch has long been disused.

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Re: Uganda Railways - Metre Gauge

Post by rogerfarnworth » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:56 am

There is some information about the branch to Port Bell in a post that I wrote a little while back now:

https://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/06/07/u ... to-kampala" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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