Notes on the Geography of Kenya: Colonial Nairobi : Photo 3
Once, that was true. Once, there was a time when the railway ran to European standards, though with a twist. Elspeth Huxley writes, "First-class carriages were for Europeans and the more affluent Asians; second for lesser Asians who filled them with enormous families; third-class for the indigenes who sat all night on wooden benches chattering and eating, surrounded by kikapus (large, handwoven baskets) full of fruit and yams and every kind of eatable, the women generally with babies on their backs or toddlers at foot" (Nellie: Letters from Africa,, 1980, p. 33).
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