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Containing exhibits from the defunct East African Railways, The Nairobi railway museum 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 have not been used for several years. One of the display locomotives, 301 (2301) 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.In January 2011, a working miniature railway was installed to enhance activity at the museum. This miniature train was formerly used to promote Kenya Railways (KR) on exhibitions, such as the Nairobi Show. It consists of a locomotive with a petrol-engine, and several coaches made of wood.

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Ken Chege

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A trip back in time

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This is one of those locations you don’t think you need to visit. Once you experience it, you wonder why it took you so long to visit. It is a walking distance from the city center. It is advisable to book a tour in advance because, at times, the slots get fully booked. The entrance fee is KES100 for citizens and KES400 for residents. It’s in a huge space and there are a lot of trains to see. All the trains there are vintage: mostly from the early 1900s. Their employees must be working over time because all the trains are always spotless. This is a great spot for photoshoots. The ambiance is superb. It is also a good place for picnics. There are tour guides to take you through the different trains and the years they were made. It’s a very wholesome experience.

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