Nairobi railway station
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Nairobi railway station is a railway station located in Nairobi, Kenya. The station is on the Uganda Railway, and used to provide services to Mombasa three times per week. However, as of 2017, the new Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway has taken over services to Mombasa, starting from a new Nairobi Terminus in Syokimau, 20 km from Nairobi CBD.
The station was built in 1899 and saw structural additions throughout the 20th century.
When the railway connection between Kenya and Tanzania closed in 2006, rail services ceased to operate between the two countries. A bus route, however, provides international transport between Nairobi and Arusha, and takes approximately 5 hours.
In 2012, the Kenyan government opened a new metro rail service station to the suburb of Syokimau. Syokimau will get several trains every day although there was criticism that a ticket would cost more than the average daily wage.
In 1971, the East African Railways and Harbours Corporation established the Nairobi Railway Museum to preserve and display the history of rail travel in East Africa. The museum is connected to the main line by rail, allowing steam excursions on restored locomotives.
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