A passenger train had stalled on Tuesday morning, January 25 at the Donholm station in Nairobi, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and many of them being late for work.
The train was headed for Nairobi Central Railway Station in the Central Business District (CBD) before it developed a mechanical problem.
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The passengers were forced to disembark from the train as they awaited mechanical engineers to rectify the issue.
Pictures seen by Viral Tea showed the passengers waiting outside the cabins of the train, waiting for the problem to be sorted out.
“Kenya Railways this is not good at all. Your train has stuck at Donholm inconveniencing many commuters. When will this end surely?” raised a concerned user on Twitter.
By the time of publishing, the Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) is yet to issue an official statement on the matter.
The railways organisation has had train disruptions aplenty in recent weeks, hitting not just the commuter trains but also the inter-county Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train.
One of the SGR trains on Thursday, November 18 stalled in the middle of its journey from Mombasa to Nairobi terminus, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.
Kenya Railways had revealed that the train developed a mechanical problem along its way and a rescue locomotive was dispatched to enable the passengers to complete their journey.
The train was estimated to arrive in Nairobi at 4.20 pm.
“The Inter-county train from Mombasa to Nairobi has developed a mechanical problem resulting in an undue delay. We have dispatched a rescue Locomotive to enable the passengers to complete the journey. The expected arrival time is 4:20 pm,” KRC tweeted.
The inconvenience also affected passengers travelling in the opposite direction, leading to delays in terms of departure time.
“The 3:00 pm Express train to Mombasa will now depart at 5:00 pm. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused,” it concluded.
On Monday, September 6, 2021, KRC introduced a new train to offer an alternative to Kenyans who have had to deal with the menacing Mombasa Road traffic daily.
In a statement, it revealed that the new train would operate the Nairobi – Athi River/Lukenya route and would be expected to carry 1,000 people per trip.
The KRC has been moving with speed to avert the traffic jams witnessed along Mombasa Road, that have seen motorists spend entire nights on the road.