Residents of Nanyuki are an excited lot after the Kenya Railways Corporation ferried train engines and wagons to the local railway terminus.
Kenya Railways employees spent the better part of Monday offloading the wagons from trucks that were ferried to the town via road on Sunday in readiness for the revival of the old metre gauge railway line.
Simon Karanja, a resident of the town welcomed the revival of the railway saying that it would spur economic growth for the region by providing a reliable form of transport, especially for agricultural goods.
“Farmers can now transport farm produce and livestock to Nairobi and other parts of the country once it becomes operational,” Karanja said.
Another resident of the town Ginaro Maina welcomed the revival of the railway saying it would create jobs for locals and urged the Railways Corporation to consider employing local youths once the line becomes operational.
Excited residents got a chance to ride on the train as it did a test run at the Nanyuki terminus once the wagons and engine were laid on the rail.
Irene Nyachomba, another resident said that the revival of the railway will spur economic growth of the entire Mt. Kenya region.
By Martin Munyi