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on 1 October 2007
This book was first published in 1971, has 535 pages, 51 B/W illustrations and end paper maps. The first half of this book is on explorers, politics and history of East Africa. There is a long discussion about the politics in United Kingdom, as to whether to fund the Uganda Railways and any advantages to Great Britain. The book explains about Lord Lugard, Speke, Burton, Joseph Thomson and Stanley.
The second half of the book eventually starts on the Railways and the role of Preston, George Whitehouse and J H Patterson. The cost of the Railway rose from 1.3 to 5.5 million pounds to the GB tax payers. The suffering of the Indian workers is explained and the unknown number of deaths of the Africans. Only 5 deaths of whites occured. New towns were built and the Railroad goes towards Uganda and Victoria Nyanza.
Downside of the book is that it takes the book 2/3rd through to reach the real task of building the Uganda Railways. However, the gets you involved and goes into depth of the history of British East Africa (Kenya) and the building of the Uganda Railways.
Other books with similar theme are:-
(1) The Iron snake, Ronald Hardy 1965
(2) The Permanent Way, M F Hill 1957
(3) Victoria's Tin Dragon, Satya Sood 2007
(4) The Iron Snake, John Gaudet 2007
(5) Man-eaters of Tsavo, J H Patterson 1908(1947)2010
(6) Man-Eaters Motel, Denis Boyles 1991
(7) Railways across the Equator, Amin 1986
(8) Steam locomotives of East African Railways, Ramaer 1974
(9) Steam in East Africa, Kevin Patience 1976
(10)The Story of a Railway, Pringle 1954, 1971
(11)The Genesis of Kenya Colony, R O Preston 1947
(12)Beyond Mombasa, Coates 2005
(13)A Railway to Nowhere,Stephen Mills 2012
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.
Read and ENJOY.
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