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Name: PIKE, Samuel 'Sam'

Birth Date: 1855

Death Date: 18.4.1906 Makindu, fever

Nationality: British

First Date: 1896

Last Date: 1906

Profession: Joined Uganda Railway Construction Co. & was regular driver of mail train from Mombasa when service first started. Wonderful stories of his activities and adventures on the line.

Area: EAHB 1906 Kilindini

Book Reference: Gillett, Cuckoo, EAHB 1905, North, Into Africa, EAHB 1906, EAHB 1904, Barnes

General Information:

Cuckoo - 1904 - Engine driver - Sam Pike was a man of note in the new country, having been the first European driver at the birth of the Uganda Railway. Sam was a character - also a very privileged person. I had been told that he often halted his train between stations, walked down the line of coaches, and demanded a drink of beer or whisky from the passengers. If this was not forthcoming promptly he threatened to keep the train stalled until his thirst had been quenched. The hidden bottle was produced and handed over without further argument for Sam was a man of few words but meant what he said....... He was also known to halt his train and allow a passenger to stalk a buck outside the Game Reserve. He would wait patiently until the deed was accomplished, the beast skinned and cut up. and then, after accepting a choice joint of venison as his share of the spoils, the engine would whistle and the train go on its way. Time-tables did not worry the drivers unduly in those carefree days - certainly not Sam Pike.
Into Africa - Sam Pike, an early engineer, would stop his train if a passenger saw a particularly good shot, 'wait patiently until the deed was accomplished, the beast skinned and cut up ….. Accepting a choice joint of venison' for his trouble.
North - Temporary Railway appt. 24/3/1899; Driver, Loco Dept 30/9/1900; Engine Driver May 1902; Loco Foreman 6/1/1905 EAHB 1904 - Mombasa & Kilindini Residents - Pike, S. - Engine Driver, Kilindini
Barnes - Nairobi South Cemetery - Sam Pike, died 18 April 1906, aged 51 - Railway Dept.
Cuckoo - story of ball at Govt. House Mombasa

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