Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours

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Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours
Government-owned corporation
FateMerged with Tanganyika Railway
PredecessorUganda Railway
SuccessorEast African Railways and Harbours Corporation
Founded1929 (1929)
Defunct1948 (1948)

Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours (KURH) ran harbours, railways and lake and river ferries in Kenya Colony and the Uganda Protectorate from 1929 until 1948. It included the Uganda Railway, which it extended from Nakuru to Kampala in 1931. In the same year it built a branch line to Mount Kenya.

After 1930 a new KURH steamer, the 860 tonne SS Robert Coryndon, established a fortnightly passenger and cargo service between Butiaba on Lake Albert and Kasenyi on Lake George. Sir Winston Churchill said she was "the best library afloat" and Ernest Hemingway called her "magnificence on water".[1] In 1946 the 350-ton stern-wheel paddle steamer PS Lugard II[2] replaced the old Uganda Railway steamer PS Lugard on the Albert Nile river service between Pakwach in Uganda and Nimule in Sudan.

In 1948 the East African High Commission was formed and KURH was merged with the railways of the Tanganyika Territory. The new East African Railways and Harbours Corporation provided rail, harbour and inland shipping services in all three territories until the High Commission's successor, the East African Community, was dissolved by its member states in 1977.


  1. ^ "Behold, a Dream Unfulfilled". Ugandan Insomniac; Want to sleep, can't sleep. WordPress. 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  2. ^ Cameron, Stuart; Allan, Bruce. "PS Lugard II". Clyde-built Database. Archived from the original on 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2011-05-22.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)

External links[edit]

  • Winchester, Clarence, ed. (1936), "Through desert and jungle", Railway Wonders of the World, pp. 193–199 illustrated description of the railways of Kenya and Uganda