Photo of the Week : The Iron Snake that Produced smoke.

Built during the Scramble for East Africa, the Uganda Railway was the one genuinely strategic railway to be constructed in tropical Africa at that time.It was “a truly imperial project, built by the British government with purpose to expand British domination of the area”. 2,498 workers would die during its construction.


At the Nairobi Railway Museum lie these huge metal remains of the great Steam Engine trains. The Iron Snake prophecy was a story told by a Kikuyu Witchdoctor who prophesized the destruction of plantation fields, homes and death of masses caused by a long snake that would pass through the Kikuyu a short while after her prophecy.

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