Nairobi-Bound Train Stalls Mid-Journey

  • A cargo train that stalled at Chuka in Nyeri County on Saturday, June 12
    A cargo train that stalled at Chuka in Nyeri County on Saturday, June 12
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  • A cargo train that was heading to Nairobi from Nanyuki on Saturday, June 12, stalled at Chuka in Nyeri County.

    In a video seen by Kenyans.co.ke, the train seemed to have developed mechanical problems leading to its stalling.

    At the time of publishing, Kenya Railways was yet to issue an official statement on the matter.

    Police officers at a Kenya Railways terminal
    Police officers at a Kenya Railways terminal.
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    The stalling of the train came just days after a passenger locomotive using the same route caught fire mid-journey on June 6, 2021.

    Kenya Railways explained that the fire was caused by an electric fault in the engine.

    Days later, however, the authority announced that it would resume operations on June 11, 2021.

    "We wish to inform our esteemed customers that the Nanyuki Safari Train shall resume operations on June 11, 2021. Plan your travel and book with us."

    In January, yet another incident was encountered after a Nanyuki-bound locomotive developed mechanical problems and stalled at a remote ravine in Nyeri County.

    "We have been stuck at some ravine in Nyeri County for the last 5 and half hours after the train engine failed," a tweep complained.

    Cargo operations from the route started back in August, 2020 on the rehabilitated 240-kilometre line. The last time it had been used was back in the 1990s.

    The rehabilitation of the railway line cost Ksh 3 billion.

    Some of the goods ferried on the route include; fuel, fertilisers, hardware, cereals and other farm produce.

    A train burst into flames while travelling from Nanyuki to Nairobi on Sunday, June 6, 2021.
    A train burst into flames while travelling from Nanyuki to Nairobi on Sunday, June 6, 2021.
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