First Nairobi-Kisumu passenger train arrives in lakeside town

The train arrives at Kisumu station. [Jacinta Mutura, Standard]

The first passenger train service on the Nairobi-Kisumu route has arrived at Kisumu station.

The train arrived at 5:55 p.m., a journey of around 12 hours, which started at Nairobi Central Station at 6 a.m.

The Standard crew on board reported passing Miwani station around 5:00 p.m. and Kibos station at 5:23 p.m.

The journey featured 18 stops throughout the day, allowing passengers to disembark, embark, stretch, eat and have lunch along the way.

Passengers capture moments when the train arrived at Kisumu station. [Jacinta Mutura, Standard]

The stopovers lasted about two minutes maximum before leaving for the next station.

According to The standard For journalist George Maringa, the stop at Nakuru station was the longest, around 10 minutes.

“It was a smooth ride with great service, friendly passengers and crew and a 24-hour restaurant. We even had Wi-Fi on board,” he said, recalling his experience.

The passenger train arrives at Kisumu station. [George Maringa, Standard]

Travel resumed today for the first time in 10 years after services were suspended due to a dilapidated railway line.

Earlier, we reported that commuters traveling from Nairobi to Kisumu pay 2,000 shillings for first class and 600 shillings for economy class.

The journey is 12 hours with 18 stops and will have a weekly train service.

Nakuru was the first stop where passengers were allowed to disembark and others to board.

It took the commuter train five hours to reach Nakuru town after leaving Nairobi at 6am.

Kenya Railways is seeking to eat away at the market share of bus companies such as Ena Coach, Guardian Bus Service and Easy Coach which charge Shs 1,200-1,600 for a journey that takes an average of seven hours.

Jose P. Rogers