This South Africa based link is worth consulting - http://www.railserve.com/Tourist/World/Africa/
(added 26th April 2014)
There is a long established museum in Cairo, see http://www.touregypt.net/railmuseum.htm. There
are four steam pictures on this page - http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix/ne/Egypt/pix.html.
There appears to be a railway museum in Addis
suggests a derelict steam locomotive is here, but I have not been able to
trace any proper web resources. I doubt it was ever more than the bits
referred to in the reports on my Africa page but those are lone gone. It
seems the museum was for the memorial train. That has now closed but Thomas
Kautzor got there just in time and recorded
what he found (22nd December 2019).
Geoff Warren writes to correct the previously published information here
(22nd May 2023):
"The Nairobi Railway Museum has not closed, and will not close. Most locomotives remain in the
museum. Refurbishment of the main hall has been completed, there is a security fence on all sides, and (best of all for car drivers) there is road access directly off the Uhuru Highway in the southbound direction. Therefore, if driving there is no need to pass through the city centre. This has been a wish ever since before my first visit (1992) and should be a significant benefit to visitor numbers.
Locos 2401 and 5930 have moved to the new Uhuru Gardens park to the south east on Langata Road. The Magadi loco, has moved to a plinth directly outside Nairobi (now Nairobi Central) station, and displayed attractively. It has been painted in a livery that I am pretty sure
gricers will not like! Beware – having photographed it, a security jobsworth and a policeman arrived to tell me that photographing it is prohibited!
Now that there is some more space for large exhibits, I and John Ashworth and I have been pressing the need for a main line diesel to make the Museum collection properly representative. The last remaining class 87 (8723) is now out of service and resting in the
workshops. As it happens, it was on the same track as the three steam locos. 2409, 3030 and 5918
which are still inside shop 09. They were sharing it with ex-Majorca dmus under repair. It has been repainted, but they forgot to cover up the steam locos, which now have additional decoration with drips of white paint. Nothing more seemed to be missing from the locos since our last visit in 2019, when it was noted that 2409 was missing injectors and some
The Museum has a new curator, Grace Jematia. Maurice Barasa has moved to an administrative role in the Railway Training Institute, but continues to be involved in railway history, advising on the Uhuru Gardens project and, interestingly, has been collecting railway oral history by interviewing and video recording memories of retired railway staff."
The long established museum in Nairobi, has no official
website but see
(link broken by December 2021) more pictures are on http://sa-transport.co.za/trains/museums/nairobi_railway_museum.html
(added 7th July 2007)
There have been occasional public and private steam specials - see the Africa
section of this site, but little prospect for further events.
Part of the station at Maputo is being transformed into a railway museum,
click here for John
Middleton's report (14th May 2010).
The TransNamib Museum is at Windhoek. It only has one
narrow gauge steam locomotive (there are a number of others elsewhere in
Namibia), but Thomas Kautzor tells me that the small exhibits inside,
including photos and documents, are of great interest to railway
enthusiasts. See http://www.namibweb.com/railmuseum.htm
(all this added 7th July 2007).
There is a museum near the Nigerian Railways headquarters at Ebute Metta. After substantial renovation the
museum building was commissioned on 13th May 2010 - see
the report (1st June 2010). It should be
stressed that this is a 'mini museum' with the historic building itself the
main exhibit, in particular the steam locomotives which have been set aside
continue to gather rust.
For an excellent page on the history
and remaining relics on the island see http://www.mi-aime-a-ou.com/le_train_de_l_ile_de_la_reunion.htm
(link dead by 26th April 2014),
the railway museum at Grande Chaloupe (which has a preserved Schneider 0-6-0T
and a couple of railcars) must be one of the most remote in the world. James
Waite advises that the local tourist office in Saint Denis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
told him that
advanced notice of an intended visit is needed - Association ti train lontan
Tél : 06 92 85 36 78 (réservation).
A museum was established here as part of attempts to rehabilitate the
country - click
here for my copy of an original official article which is no longer
available. The museum now has its own (embryonic) website - http://www.sierraleonerailwaymuseum.com/
(1st February 2011, but link dead by 1st November 2018).
There are many steam sites, please consult the Africa
section of this site, but arguably most noteworthy are those at
There have been occasional public and private steam specials, but not for
some tme - see the Africa
section of this site.
Geoff Warren tells me (22nd May 2023) "The Uganda Railway Museum (https://crossculturalfoundation.or.ug/railway-museum/)
opened on 16th March 2022 in Jinja. It is the Jinja railway station. Although the potential for local visitors (schools etc) is not as great as in Kampala, Jinja does see foreign tourists visiting the “source of the Nile”, and the museum is right next to the main Kampala – Jinja – Tororo road (no horrendous Kampala traffic jam to reach it). Jinja is historically relevant being the starting place of Uganda’s first railway. The only loco is diesel shunter 36U06, the last two steam locos (3109 and 6012, plus a spare boiler) in Kampala having been scrapped sometime in the early 2000s. Although it is small, the displays are of high quality and you will get a personal tour from a staff member. They have published an excellent book “Our Railways. Our History” available at the Museum. For the first time, it presents the story of Uganda’s railways from a Ugandan perspective and includes material that I have not previously seen."
There is a museum at Livingstone, there is no official website but see
(link broken, 1st November 2019) and http://www.sa-transport.co.za/trains/zambia/zambia.html
(latter two links added 7th July 2007). Elmar Pfannerstal has sent some
pictures from his July 2011 visit (added 2nd
November 2011). 10th Class 156 and 12th class 204 have worked tourist
trains on a stub of the Zambezi Sawmills Railway in recent years,
There is a long established museum in
Bulawayo, there is no official
website but see
(link dead 1st November 2019) and http://sa-transport.co.za/trains/museums/bulawayo_railway_museum/brm.html
(latter link added 7th July 2007).
There are occasional public and private steam specials.