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The Railway Museum

We had some lovely house guests recently. We did the usual jaunts…and something new! We went to the Railway Museum. It’s a bit different from the usual tour around Karen and this is the 150th anniversary of the railway in Kenya, so it seemed like a good idea to visit.

The museum is small. There isn’t a ton there, but what is there is interesting. It has artifacts, articles, and a lot of information about how hard it was to build the “lunatic express.” Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, including man-eating lions. I’m not going to delve into the history as that would be an entire book.


The sleeper car from which a lion, entered, killed a man, and carried him off for eating


The interior museum, where you can read all about the misadventures of building the railway

The interior part of the museum is mostly historical, but there is one small room at the end where there is information about the modern railway. The new line from Nairobi to Mombassa is controversial as it goes through Nairobi National Park and people worried about the impact on wildlife. The exhibit on this venture really hammers in how wildlife-friendly the line is. I’m not so sure it is. (I have mixed feelings about the line.)

The exterior has old locomotives and passenger cars. Not being America or Europe, there are no guard rails, signs, or anything else preventing you to climb on board. This, for me at least, was the most fun part of the museum.

Overall, I’d say that this is a cute museum. It’s not a must see, but it’s not a waste of time either. If you have the time, go into town to see it.


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