Death of the Kampala-Bombo railway

On April 1, 1923, commercial operation of the Kampala-Kawempe railway commenced, transporting 3,700 tonnes of cotton by the end of the season. The two tractors did not perform to expectation and were replaced with bigger and more powerful ones.

What you need to know:

Back to 1926. Did you know that the famous Kalerwe Market on Gayaza Road was once a train stage and that it is where the suburb draws its name? That there was a train station in Gayaza Trading Centre and that at one time there was a railway from Kampala to Bombo via Mulago-Kawempe?

The construction of the Uganda Railway in the hinterland opened new private ventures of owning private railways, spreading out in other parts of the country feeding onto the main line. For the case of Uganda, two such railways were constructed. They included the Port Bell-Kampala (Mono Rail) which operated between 1909 and 1914 and the Kampala-Bombo (Road-Rail) that operated from 1923 to 1926.


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