Nairobi Railway Museum
The Nairobi Railway Museum is a railway museum in Nairobi, Kenya, adjacent to Nairobi railway station. Containing exhibits from the defunct East African Railways, it was opened in 1971 by East African Railways and Harbours Corporation. It is today operated by Kenya Railways.
The museum has maintained its rail connection. This allows for the efficient movement of museum exhibits for maintenance etc. It also allows additions to the collection to be easily placed on site.
The three operational* steam locomotives are stored securely under cover within the main railway works. Visitors must request an appointment to view them. These three steam locomotives are used occasionally on tourist excursions within the metro Nairobi area and to Naivasha and Konza.
The museum's collection of locomotives is increasing with the addition of some early diesel locomotives and, examples of passenger coaches. Recently (January 2011) a working miniature railway has also been installed.
These locomotives were ordered before the outbreak of World War 2 but were delivered later in 1940. The 12 members of the class were named after administrative districts of Kenya and Uganda. Originally numbered 77 – 88 they became EAR 5701 – 5712. Karamoja was withdrawn from Mombasa in 1973.
|Railway||Number||Name||Manufacturer||Class||Wheel arrangement||EAR&H number||Status|
|Kenya-Uganda Railway||327||Vulcan Foundry||ED1||2-6-2T||EAR 1127||Display|
|393||Nasmyth Wilson||EE||2-6-4T||EAR 1003||Display|
|Tanganyika Railway||301||Beyer Peacock||DL||4-8-0||EAR 2301||Display|
|East African Railways||2921||Masai of Kenya||North British||Tribal||2-8-2||Display|
|6006||Sir Harold MacMichael||Société Franco-Belge||Governor||4-8-2+2-8-4||Display|
|Magadi Soda Company||Hugh F Marriott||W.G. Bagnall||0-4-0ST||Display|
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- Currently plinthed in Jamhuri Park, Nairobi
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