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East African Railways Class 59 Garratt 5918 "Mount Gelai" at Nairobi

East African Railways Class 59 Garratt 5918

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Caption - East African Railways (EAR) Class 59 4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratt 5918 "Mount Gelai" stands on Nairobi loco shed in December 1977. "Mount Gelai" was always kept in immaculate condition by their dedicated crew of two Indian drivers and two African firemen who shared the 24 hour journey between Nairobi and Mombasa resting in a caboose attached to the train when off duty. The cab was pristine with polished brass. Linoleum floor and many other non-standard features. Kirpal Singh and Walter Pinto were the drivers but the fireman were just as dedicated to the task of keeping this 250 ton metre-gauge giant in superb condition.

Country - Kenya   Date - 1977   General Photo - 159

Photographer - Lou Johnson

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