Nairobi Railway Museum
KUR 87 Karamoja at the Museum
|Owner||Kenya Railways Corporation|
|Public transit access||Nairobi railway station|
|Website||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 operated by Kenya Railways.
The museum has maintained its rail connection. This allows for the efficient movement of museum exhibits for maintenance and placing items in the collection.
The three operational steam locomotives are stored securely under cover within the main railway works. Visitors must request an appointment to view them. They are used occasionally on tourist excursions within the metro Nairobi area and to Naivasha and Konza. In addition, one of these locomotives was used in the 1985 movie, Out of Africa.
The museum's collection also includes early diesel locomotives and passenger coaches. Friends of the Railway Museum East Africa (FORM East Africa), a concern encompassing Railway and Locomotive enthusiasts, has assisted in sourcing and securing artifacts for the museum.
Recently (January 2011) a working miniature railway was installed to enhance activity at the museum.
|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|
The museum's W.G. Bagnall engine, Hugh F Marriott, was built in Stafford, England, in 1951. It operated as a switcher at the Magadi Soda Company until 1970. *301 was used in the 1985 Movie, Out of Africa (film).
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- Currently plinthed in Jamhuri Park, Nairobi
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