Kenya will go down in history as having one of the slowest rail services in the world while the bullet train is the in thing elsewhere. This follows a decision by Rift Valley Railways (RVR), the consortium which runs the 1,000-km railway linking Uganda to the Kenyan coast, to reduce the maximum speed of passenger and goods trains to 25 km per hour. They used to travel at 72 km per hour and 60 km per hour respectively.
The move came amid concerns about the accident rate along the Kenyan section of the line, which saw a monthly average of 67 accidents under the previous management, the parastatal Kenya Railways Corporation.
Built by the British government over 100 years ago, the Kenya-Uganda railway was originally called