MAIDEN TRIP

[PHOTOS] Kisumu residents throng to station as railway roars back to life

The train left Nairobi in the morning hours.

In Summary
  • The train left Nairobi in the morning hours to the newly constructed Kisumu Railway station.

  • Locals on Friday noted that revival of services was a gamechanger for Western region.

Residents thronged the Kisumu Railway station to witness the maiden train ride arrive within the lake city. https://bit.ly/3p55lJf

Kisumu Railway Station on December 17, 2021.
Kisumu Railway Station on December 17, 2021.
Image: FAITH MATETE

Residents thronged the Kisumu Railway station to witness the maiden train ride arrive within the lake city.

The passenger train resumed operations after 10 years.

The train left Nairobi in the morning hours to the newly constructed Kisumu Railway station.

Locals on Friday noted that revival of services was a gamechanger for Western region.

"The Western region economy will improve, more job opportunities for us and even the number or deaths due to road accidents will reduce," said Kennedy Wairimu, a resident.

For businesspeople, the train will help transport goods at an affordable rate.

Earlier, passengers aboard the Kisumu-Nairobi train were thrilled to be part of what they termed "an experience of a lifetime".

It left Nairobi at 6am and arrived in Nakuru at 11.35am. It later proceeded to the lakeside city and arrived at 5.55pm.

When the Kisumu-bound train arrived at Nakuru station, more than 100 passengers were waiting to board. They were delighted and eager to be part of the experience.

For passengers alighting in Nakuru from the capital, they paid Sh300 which means one will save Sh100 as compared to travelling by buses which charge Sh400.

Targeting travellers this festive season, the train will run on December 17 and 24 and January 1 next year.

 

Edited by CM