Zanzibar Shamba (Interior) – BY: A.C. Gomes & Sons -1900s =[ZA98A1]=
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Re: Zanzibar Postcard ZZ26A3 Train and Boat
Firstly thanks for a great display of old postcards however I trust you will not mind if I point out that the postcard you have designated ZZ26A3 is not correct.
The railway shown is definitely not the Bububu Railway or the later line laid to assist building the docks.
The track is too wide, the line on Zanzibar was only 3 feet gauge (107cm) Whilst the track shown is much much wider. The locomotive shown and the carriage shown are much larger that those of the Bububu railway and thus were never used on Zanzibar.
It is unfortunate that the caption is wrong but my statements are true.
Whilst Writing I do have some postcards of Mombasa that you do not show. Would you like me to scan them so you can add to your display?
Further to my comments in the above message, of course I should have pointed out that the postcard is dated 1901 and the railway was not built until 1905/6.
Thanks a lot for your useful and very documented remarks.
As mentionned on the site, I use the informations found ON THE POSTCARDS themselves, unless the reality is proved different.
For instance you find a postcard titled ZANZIBAR but the picture obviously shoiws MOMBASA.
The postcard you mention is identified as from Zanzibar – thus its place.
Now the question is : where was the picture taken ?
The mangrove environment is a clue, but it is unlikely it is in Mombasa.
Where else was there tracks in the area ? On the continent ? Any idea ?
But yet it is interesting: those guys then did not care much about being exact, and the informations given have to be taken with caution.
It applies very much with the « types » postcards.
Best regards and thanks again
I can answer the question of the POSTCARD zz26a3. This is the lead in to the wooden trestle bridge built across the creek for the Uganda Railway between Mombasa Island and the mainland in 1896. This was later replaced by an iron pile bridge which remained in service until the 1920s. The loco is either an N or F Class then in service on the line.
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