The New Track At Section 7 And Other Updates This Week

The past week has been a busy one for the Section 4 and 7 construction camps as the rains have been pounding hard momentarily suspending the work. At Section 7 the construction of a new track is underway that will ease movement of sleepers to storage.

With the recent commencement of track laying at Section 8 at Syokimau. the demand for the units has increased. Nevertheless, production at the Sleeper Factory in Section 7 at Emali is in full swing.

The recent construction of a new track from the factory to storage will increase output to full capacity. Currently, a forklift does the job but this causes a small delay at dispatch. The factory is currently producing upto 100 sleepers per day and these need to be moved to storage as soon as possible.

Sleeper storage area in Section 7. After production the sleepers are stacked here with the help of the gantry cranes.

Sleeper storage area in Section 7. After production the sleepers are stacked here with the help of the gantry cranes.

The new line will run from the factory's dispatch area and terminate at the end of the site. Being of the standard gauge type it will enable sleepers to be stacked at the dispatch area and quickly taken to storage, reducing the time spent by endless trips of the forklift truck back and forth.

A factory worker examines sleepers before they are taken to storage. The sleepers have to pass visual and lab load tests before being declared QUALIFIED

A factory worker examines sleepers before they are taken to storage. The sleepers have to pass visual and lab load tests before being declared QUALIFIED

The storage location of the sleepers is enough to handle all the units required to be installed to Nairobi. The whole area will be full of sleepers each weighing upto 300kgs. Stacked up 10 high in 2 sets, the sleepers will fill the whole area into the horizon. Overhead gantry cranes will be used for hoisting the sets into lorries for transportation.

A soil compactor flatenns the raised section of the railway near a road bridge in Sultan Hamud

A soil compactor flatenns the raised section of the railway near a road bridge in Sultan Hamud

At Section 4 land compaction is in progress despite the recent downpour that has started in the area. Near Sultan Hamud the railway path has been raised upto 4 metres due to a road overpass that will be constructed. The railway will go above so the necessity to lift the path.

A sign board at the construction site of Section 4. The preparation of land has been slowed down by the onset of the rain season.

A sign board at the construction site of Section 4. The preparation of land has been slowed down by the onset of the rain season.

Near Emali at the Oloitoktok - Mombasa Road junction the compactor is at the initial stage of compaction as lorries ferry soil back and forth. At this point the railway will run on the left of the highway due to a highway overpass just metres from the site.

Despite the few weather issues, the project is well on course.