Revival of the old Railway

The rehabilitation of the Nairobi-Nanyuki meter-gauge railway commenced in Nairobi in February and reached Nanyuki in July 2020.

The Kenya Pipeline Company is spending Sh1.8 billion to help rehabilitate the Nairobi-Nanyuki Railway line, which will promote the economies of Mt Kenya and the Northern regions forming the Central Region Economic Bloc, CEREB.

Kenya Railways expects to generate more than Sh370.4 million per year from the revived 240km line.

The project cost an estimated Sh25 billion, with the national government paying about Sh3 billion, Kenya Railways, counties, and other entities contributing.

Petroleum products being the key cargo, KPC will be charging about Sh 82,000 for a single 50-ton fuel tank, with a ton costing Sh 1,640.

The Nairobi-Nanyuki railway is a vital link to the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor.

Vivo Energy Kenya, which is the anchor client for commercial trains, intends to transport 14 million liters of fuel every month from Nairobi to its depot in Nanyuki. The company has set up an 11.5 million liter fuel depot in the town. The fuel depot, which is the largest outside Nairobi, will supply fuel to central, northern Kenya, and southern Ethiopia.

The commercial trains are expected to generate Sh365 million in revenue.

Investors ferrying livestock from Laikipia County will be paying Sh730 per ton of cattle and Sh465 per ton of small animals.

Other cargo such as fertilizer, cereals, hardware, and farm products among other general cargo will be ferried to and from Nairobi for Sh1,400 per ton.

Investors ferrying imports stocked in Nairobi will pay Sh20,000 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container from Nairobi to Nanyuki.

A trip from Nairobi to Nanyuki will cost passengers Sh200 and Sh1,000 for a first-class coaches.

The rail trip is the first in more than 20 years following the collapse of the services on the route in the 1990s and is expected to bring excitement to hundreds of tourists who are expected to board the train for a nostalgic cruise between Nairobi and Nanyuki