Many towns along the Mombasa-Nairobi route saw their long-dormant economies revive with the construction of the approximately Ksh327 billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
The China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and the Kenya Railways were charged with creating substations that Kenyans would use as waiting or alighting bays as part of President Uhuru Kenyatta's legacy project.
More than 7 stations were built during this time. Little is known about the sources of inspiration for the distinctive designs of the stations, despite the fact that they have dominated the 480 km long railway line.
1. Emali Station
The station's distinctive structure, which is part of the Nairobi to Mombasa SGR line, is shaped like a closed fist to symbolize harmony.
Since the SGR's formal debut in 2017, the station, which is located in Makueni county and is largely dominated by the Kamba population, has been expanding.
The town has earned the moniker "the town that never sleeps" thanks to its constantly expanding activities.
2. Voi Station
The v-shaped structures that dominate the front side of the station make it distinctive.
According to KR, the cry for Kenyan unity served as inspiration for the station's design. The design of the station was influenced by the fact that it serves both the SGR and the meter-gauge railway.
The V's intersection represents the joining and unification of two distinct units into one.
In keeping with the well-known Kenyan motto "Harambee," which means coming together, e Station's design represents the spirit of peace and unity.
"Following Kenya's independence, it was an appeal for all Kenyans to band together for a better future. The station's structure was modeled after the letter V, as can be seen on the front where a portion of the walls and roof take on a V-shape that rises above the other building elements "KR declared.
The V also stands for Voi, the first letter of the region.
3. Kibwezi Station
Traditional architecture, where people employed leaves and branches to create shade during the day, served as inspiration for the station's design.
This can be seen in the station's roof design, which is shaped like a folded leaf with openings that let light and shade pass through.
4. Miasenyi Station
The Miasenyi station is well known for its white, brown, and black hues, which were inspired by the local fauna's common zebras' striped coats.
The station, which is in the center of Taru, has increased the number of visitors from Kenya and abroad who come to see the zebras and the surrounding scenery.
KR management predicted that by 2025, the station will be used by almost 119,000 additional persons when it was still under construction.
5. Mombasa Station
Ripples, an effect produced when the wind impacts the surface of the water, served as inspiration for the architecture of the station in the city on the Indian Ocean.
The design, which consists of a central tower and concentric circles, was inspired by this.
The central tower was also incorporated into the design since it is a reproduction of a lighthouse, a typical sight in coastal regions all around the world.
6. Suswa Station
This station's theme was influenced by regional traditional dancers, similar to other stations that draw inspiration from Kenyan village traditions.
Dancers holding their arms in the air were abstracted to create suswa station.
The station differs from other designs in that the top of the structure is brick red to represent the local soil and brick-making industry.
7. Nairobi Station
The capital's station was designed to look like the Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains, which resemble the Madaraka Express trains in having a curving head.
The station also resembles two containers stacked on top of one another, which is a depiction of the shipping containers.
As the primary entrance and exit for the majority of commuters utilizing the SGR, it is also one of Kenya Railways' principal stations.
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