Test Runs on Thika To Nanyuki Railway Line Underway

Nanyuki line

Kenya Railways’ quest to provide rail transport services between Nairobi Central Railway station and Nanyuki town inched closer to reality on July 7, 2020 when the Corporation hosted partner agencies involved in the line’s revitalization process to a tour of the line.

The rehabilitation of the line has been going on since January 2020 and the Corporation has embarked on the next phase where the line will be subjected to test runs in order to determine its viability in readiness for full scale operations.

The maiden test run commenced at 8:00 a.m at Thika station and saw the team arrive in Nanyuki at 4:00 p.m. The train made stop overs at Sagana station and Naro Moru stations.

Speaking during the tour, the Kenya Railways Managing Director Mr. Phillip Mainga said that the engagement was part of a series of test runs the Corporation will carry out in order to determine whether the system will operate satisfactorily and that it met the requisite standards to support both passenger and cargo operations.

The KR team led by the Board of Directors and Management was joined by the CS Defence Ambassador Dr. Monica Juma, CDF Gen. Robert Kibochi, Gen Samson Mwathethe, NYS Director General Ms. Matilda Sakwa and other Service Commanders from the KDF.

MD reiterated his call to the local leaders in the areas traversed by the railway line to stay away from the railway corridor for safety purposes. He indicated that the Corporation will continue carrying out test runs on the line and thus cautioned members of the public to be alert and observe safety rules.

During the rehabilitation of the line, the Kenya Defence Forces were charged with filling up of manholes and quarries that had been illegally created along the line’s corridor. The National Youth Service was involved in the clearing of the corridor and ballasting of the line.

The rehabilitated railway line aims at improving mobility and ease of doing business in the region.