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  1. Uganda Railways

    My original plan was to provide details of locomotives and rolling stock on the Railway in a single post. This has become a little unwieldy so further posts will follow this one ...
  2. Uganda Railways

    This is the last post relating directly to the lines of the Uganda Railway and covers the first railway built in Uganda. The last post on the Uganda Railway will cover the locomotives and rolling stock on the network. There is much to explore in the Great Lakes region in Africa! This series of posts relates only to the railways providing access to Uganda but there were a whole variety of different transport services in the area which would warrant further study!
  3. Uganda Railways

    This next post relates to the western extension of the Uganda Railway through to Kasese and the Kilembe Mines. (I am expecting to post twice more about the Uganda Railway. There is one branchline which I have to follow and then I plan to write about the locomotives and rolling stock on the line.)
  4. Uganda Railways

    We are now in Kampala and preparing to travel on to Kasese.
  5. Tramways in Provence

    Reading a book in French by Jose Banuado, I have discovered more about the Sospel to Menton tramway. This post builds on previous ones, particularly ...
  6. Uganda Railways

    Thejourney continues from Jinja to Kampala .......“The Nile River Bridge at Jinja was built in the late 1920s. It is perhaps the iconic structure for the whole of the metre-gauge railway system from Mombasa to Kasese.The first railway in Uganda ran from Jinja to Namasagali on the Victoria Nile where a steamer service ran on to Masindi Port. From there passengers travelled by road through Masindi to Butiaba on Lake Albert. From there they could travel on by steamer to the Belgian Congo or north to Juba in the Sudan.Train passengers from Kenya reached Uganda by steamer from the railhead at Kisumu and across Lake Victoria to Entebbe or PortBell. In the mid 1920s the main line in Kenya was extended from Nakuru through Eldoret, and Tororo to Mbulamuti where it met up with the original Jinja to Namasagali line. The new line to Kampala then crossed the Nile at Jinja by a bridge carrying both the railway and a roadway underneath.” last part of my own journey to Kampala by train in 1994 commenced once a derailed freight train had been rerailed ahead of us and the passenger train was ‘given the road'. We had waited for over 6 hours at Jinja Railway Station. Travelling by rail was unreliable but really enjoyable!!
  7. Uganda Railways

    We have now returned to the mainline at Tororo and are heading on toward Kampala. The story continues .... "We leave Tororo is a north-westerly direction following the contours on the north side of the Nagongera Road as far as Achilet (about 5 kilometres outside of Tororo). For the next 10 kilometres the railway stays north of the road until reaching Nagongera, or Nagongora, .............." Of interest is the number of railway lines on the map between Tororo and Jinja. There is by far the greatest density of lines in Uganda.
  8. Uganda Railways

    The second covers the length to the end of the branch-line.
  9. Uganda Railways

    Two more posts about the branch-line to Gulu and Arua. The first takes us from Soroti to Gulu.
  10. Uganda Railways

    With this post we have crossed the border between Kenya and Uganda. Just across the border in Tororo the mainline divides to give a Kampala/Kasese route via Jinja, and a Pakwach and Aria route via Soroti. The more northerly route through Soroti was perceived as the branch but it has been the route which has been refurbished first (in 2013). We will follow the branch first.
  11. Tramways in Provence

    There was another tramway which ran from Grasse, this one went to Cannes. It was not run by either the TAM or the TNL. Here is its story: The TNL built a line from Nice to Levens, it extended the urban line that went from Nice to Saint-André-de-la-Roche. This is the first of two posts that focus on the line and covers the length from Nice to Tourrette-Levens. This next post focusses on the remaining length of the tramway route to Levens.The first half of this post follows the tramway that might have been built via Aspremont and Saint-Blaise to Levens. It was certainly planned. The second half of the blog focuses on the actual route along the M19 to Levens I hope you like it!
  12. Tramways in Provence

    In our many trips to Nice and Les Alpes Maritimes, my wife and I have seen a significant amount of engineering works, bridges, viaducts and tunnels all on lines which were neither part of the PLM network of standard gauge railways, nor part of the general metre-gauge network. It turns out that there were a significant numbe of lines operated by two main tramway companies in Provence, Tramways de les Alpes Maritime (TAM) and tramways de Nice et du Littoral (TNL).These tramways ran on metre-gauge tracks but had a loading gauge not much wider than the track-gauge. In many places they ran alongside roads or withing the highway itself, but often they deviated away from the highway or their own formation.The one which first drew our attention was the Sospel to Menton Tramway which was operated by the TNL. This is the story: There were two different tram networks in the Nice area. The TAM network (Tramways of the Alpes-Maritimes) is part of the Chemin de Fee due Sud de la France. The other network was the Tramway Company of Nice and Littoral (TNL). This post covers the history of the entire TNL network. The other posts will cover specific lines on the TAM and TNL networks. As part of my birthday present this year (2018) my wife has given me two books written in French about the Trams of Nice. I am enjoying working out what the books say! This post relates to the relatively unusual practice of regular transport of goods on a tram network, which was common practice in Nice. The tram from Vence to Cagnes-sur-Mer was part of the TAM network. I have already posted on this tram elsewhere, but I have included it on this thread for completeness. Grasse was at one stage full of different rail transport. Two tramways, one from Cagnes-sur-Mer and one from Cannes approached the town from the south. A PLM branchline also linked Grasse to Cannes. There was a funicular railway linking the PLM (SNCF) railway station to the town centre, and there was the Chemins de Fer du Sud de la France Central Var line crossing the town on its way between Nice and Meyrargues.This next post covers the first part of the story of the TAM tramway between Cagnes-sur-Mer and Grasse: The second half of my blog on the TAM tramway between Grasse and Cagnes-sur-Mer:
  13. Uganda Railways

    We really are now almost in Uganda! The is the last post focussing on the Uganda Railway in Kenya. It takes us from Eldoret to the border with Uganda at Malaba. Sadly, in this post there is little evidence of locomotives. The line has seen little use over the years. I was very fortunate to be able to travel 1st Class all the way from Mombasa to Kampala in 1994. I had no idea at the time how fragile that service was.
  14. Uganda Railways

    Eldoret is a junction station. The branch-line service to Kitale set off from Eldoret. We follow its route.
  15. Uganda Railways

    Back at Nakuru, we prepare ourselves to travel on to Kampala. This post takes us to Eldoret.