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Nairobi-Malaba Railway to bring prosperity to Kenya’s interior area

By Tang Ying in Nairobi, Kenya | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-09-16 21:56

Giraffes walk beside the railway bridge in Nairobi National Park. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

On Sept 10, 2019, a train equipped with various testing instruments set out slowly from the Nairobi Terminal and headed to Suswa, in the heart of the Great Rift Valley of Kenya.

As part of the one-month joint debugging test, the train will run on the first phase of the Nairobi-Malaba line and stop at five stations: Rongai, Ngong, Nachu, Maai Mahiu and Suswa. The 120-kilometer section will be fully ready for operation before Oct 1, driving economic and social development along the railway and bringing prosperity to the underdeveloped interior area of Kenya.

A few minutes after it left Nairobi Terminal, the train rolled on the long span of the 6.5 km bridge which runs through Nairobi National Park — the only national park on earth bordering a capital city where abundant wildlife can be seen against a backdrop of city skyscrapers and passing planes.

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