┆This photograph album contains professional images depicting the early stages (approximately the first 50 miles) of track laying for the Uganda Railway, commencing in Mombasa. Images show landscapes, construction work and trackside dwellings, as well as European, Asian and African workers. A number of images show the Mombasa railway headquarters with store sheds and office buildings, and there are a particularly large number of the construction of the temporary Makupa trestle bridge and later Salisbury Bridge alongside. Of particular interest are images of the 27th Bombay Infantry en route to operations in Uganda in early 1898.
The frontispiece contains the inscription "Presented to Clifford H. Craufurd by the Chief Engineer, Uganda Ry., as a slight recognition of the valuable services rendered by him to the Ry. while acting as Her Majesty's Commissioner and Consul General during 1896 and 1897. January 31 1897." However, a number of images can be dated up to the middle of 1898, as evidenced by construction work on bridges, the locations reached by the railway at various times and the presence in Kenya of the 27th Bombay Infantry. It is therefore possible that Craufurd was given the partially-completed album in 1897 but continued to add to it himself as progress on the railway continued.
Many of the photographs are not in chronological order and the majority are not captioned. However, all but three of these images are present in an album held by the National Archives and those captions have been reproduced here, verified wherever possible.