oa East African Geographical Review - East African railway developments: 1962-1963

Volume 1964, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



The years 1962 and 1963 witnessed substantial changes in the railway system of East Africa. This note aims only to record these. In Uganda, the branch line from Tororo to Soroti was extended northwards, reaching Lira in July 1962 and Gulu in February, 1963. Construction was greatly assisted by the ease of the country traversed, much of the line being laid along a low watershed, and also by the availability of track from the Tanga Line which has been relaid with heavier material. These two factors contributed to the low cost of �1.4 million for the 137-mile line. The extension was built to replace the Lake Kyoga and Nile steamer service, which was the only means by which E.A.R. & H. served Lango and Acholi in the past. The lake boats were nearing the end of their useful life, and water transport was proving increasingly unsatisfactory for the movement of goods to and from northern Uganda. The Lake Kyoga service was to have been withdrawn in 1963, but in fact flooding of the ports brought it to a premature end the year before.

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