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eaters were a pair of maneless male lions that stalked and killed at least twenty-eight Indian and African workers. Other accounts reveal that they might have killed 135 people in total. The lions were eventually killed by Engineer Lieutenant John Patterson. Patterson had the lions skins’ made into rugs before selling them years later to the Field Museum of National History in Chicago. These were stuffed to look like the lions and are today still a major attraction at the museum. Some of the nicknames that were given to the railway line include ‘The Lunatic Express’, the ‘Lunatic Line’ and the ‘Iron Snake’. The label ‘lunatic’ came about because of the wild nature of the project; the rough terrain, the hostile tribes (Nandi & Maasai), the high cost of the project, death of workers from diseases like malaria, the scorching coastal heat and man-eating lions among other issues which made the project seem almost impossible and crazy. The man-eaters’ have been portrayed in movies like Oscar-winning Hollywood movie ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’ (1996). The railway became part of the East African Railway Corporation (EARC) after World War I. In 1977, the original East African Community collapsed and each country established its own national railway. The Kenyan part of the railway became the Kenya Railways

Corporation (KRC) while the Ugandan part was transformed into the Uganda Railways Corporation (URC). In Uganda however, civil war between 1979 and 1986 paralyzed railway transport. The 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya also led to the destruction of sections of the railway resulting in suspension of deliveries to Uganda. Today, much of the railway line is in need of an upgrade. Still, the mainline between Mombasa and Kisumu is operational. Evidence of this period can be found at the Nairobi Railway Museum. The Museum was opened in 1971.

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