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The Uganda Railway was named after its ultimate destination, for its entire original 660-mile (1,060 km) length actually lay in what would become Kenya. Construction began at the port city of Mombasa in British East Africa in 1896 and finished at the line's terminus, Kisumu, on the eastern shore of Lake Victoria, in 1901.
The man tasked with building the railway was George Whitehouse, an experienced civil engineer who had worked across the British Empire. Whitehouse acted as the Chief Engineer between 1895 and 1903, also serving as the Railway's manager from its opening in 1901. The Consulting Engineers were Sir Alexander Rendel and Frederick Ewart Robertson.