- Kenya Railways
The Kenya Railways has issued an update of the trial run that was conducted on the Nairobi - Kisumu revamped line.
In a post shared on the authority's social media pages, the corporation shared photos of the facelift that took eight months of the formerly known Port Florence Station, which had remained docile for 15 years.
The train ran from Nairobi Central Railway Station through Nakuru Railway Station all the way to the Kisumu Railway Station.
Here are the photos of the revamped locomotive:An image of a hallway on the train enroute Kisumu Railway Station from Nairobi Central Railway Station taken on Saturday, December 4Kenya Railways
The rehabilitated train has an ultra-modern look, with comfortable seats and coaches that allow passengers to relax as they marvel at the scenery throughout the journey.
The train has economy and business class coaches in a bid to attract passengers of different financial status and standing in the society.
The first class passengers enjoy luxury services such as Wi-Fi, charging ports, refreshments and spacious closets to keep their luggage.An image of a sleeping bunker on the first class coach on the train from Nairobi to Kisumu taken on Saturday, December 4 2021Kenya Railways
"I feel like I am on an adventure as i travel, I urge Kenyans to come on board to experience it for themselves," a passenger stated.
The 217 kilometre route leads to the Kisumu Railway Station from the Nakuru Railway Station and has 18 stations such as Njoro and Molo stations , 46 bridges and 27 viaducts.
Kenya Railways Managing Director Philip Mainga expressed confidence that the railway will begin operations once trials were over and the line commissioned.A image of the business class coach on the Nairobi-Nakuru-Kisumu train taken on the trial run on Saturday, December 4 2021Kenya Railways
Mainga on Saturday, December 4 stated during the first trial run that they would be conducting another run after Jamhuri Day, in line with a promise to offer railway services to the Nyanza Region.
"As you can see the train is running , as we had promised that after Jamhuri we will finally have a train to Kisumu," he stated.
The revamped train and stations are set to transform the region into an economic hub with a shopping complex with 50,000 square feet of commercial rental space to enhance the economic opportunities for the residents living in the lakeside region.A file image of the revamped train at the Nakuru Railway Station enroute the Kisumu Railway StationCapital Group
"The business complex will create business opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises and create over 2,000 jobs for the residents.” the corporation stated.
Kenya Railways has indicated that plans are underway to revive six other stations, making reference to the ongoing renovation of Fort Tenan station along the line.
According to Kenya Railways, the relaunch of the line would be a boost for regional trade given that it will be the main artery for ferrying imports and exports to and from the Kisumu Port.An Undated Image of Kisumu Railway Station Inspection: KENYA RAILWAYS.
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