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Huts in Atlantis? The Lunatic Railed Buildings of Nakuru

The Huts that the Railways Left Behind

Somewhere in Soin Ward, Rongai Constituency in Nakuru County.

Four stone-built round huts stand conspicuously to travelers using the dusty route. 

While the locals have grown used to the huts, visitors in the area are intrigued by the presence of those huts that look more like ancient kilns

That the huts lie on Kenya Railways land could be a hint as to who built them.

According to the members of the community in the area, the two pairs of huts were erected there in the early 1900s, reportedly by Indian coolies who were building the so-called Lunatic Express Railway Line.

That is essentially the Uganda Railway, a Meter-gauge railway system and former British state-owned railway company.

Coolies on the Lunatic Express

The line linked the interiors of Uganda and Kenya with the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa in Kenya.

The term ‘Lunatic Express,’ came much later, coined by Charles Miller in his 1971 book called ‘The Lunatic Express: An Entertainment in Imperialism.’

What many may not know is that the Indian coolies also suffered from wildlife attacks in Rongai just not as high a scale as had happened in Tsavo.

To keep safe from the wildlife attacks at night, they had put up these two pairs of stone huts.

The huts in each pair are attached to each other by a low build annexure which locals say was used as a kitchen.

The huts still stand strong and even their roofing was stone build.

There were no windows but they had several small openings that helped in lighting and ventilating the interiors.

The fact that the walls were constructed with stones, as they age the huts blends with nature and they tend to look like they naturally cropped up from ground.