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East African Railways and Harbours

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[East African Railways and Harbours] image by Martin Grieve, 12 May 2003 See also:

East African Railways and Harbours ensign (1949-1961)

In February 1949, the Kenyan and Ugandan Railways and Harbours Authority was also made responsible for the railways and harbours in Tanganyika and its name changed to East African Railways and Harbours Administration.   A new badge which combined the badges of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika was adopted (see below) and placed in the fly of a British Blue Ensign.
Martin Grieve, 12 May 2003
 

East African Railways and Harbours badge

[East African Railways and Harbours badge] image by Martin Grieve, 12 May 2003

According to Flags of the World by H Cresham Carr (1961 edition) [car61], the badge of the East African Railways and Harbours comprised a royal circular ribbon, with narrow yellow edges bearing the words "East African Railways and Harbours", also in yellow.  The area within the ribbon was divided into three compartments containing the badges of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika - a red lion rampant guardant on a white field for Kenya; an East African golden-crested crane for Uganda; and the head of a giraffe on a white field for Tanganyika.  Flanking this emblem is a landscape with palm-trees and surmounting the whole is a Royal Crown.
Martin Grieve, 12 May 2003


East African Railways and Harbours flag (1961-1977)

[East African Railways & Harbours flag] image by Martin Grieve, 13 May 2003

According to EMC Barraclough in Flags of the World (1965 edition) [bar65], since the latter half of 1961 the East African Railways and Harbours Administration has used a royal blue ensign, proportions two to one, with the inscription 'E.A.R. & H." within an outline panel in white. This superseded the British Blue Ensign defaced by a unique badge on a white disc in the fly  which was adopted in February 1949.  The badge comprised a royal blue circular ribbon, with narrow yellow edges bearing the words "East African Railways and Harbours", also in yellow.  The area within the ribbon was divided into three compartments containing  the badges of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika.  Flanking this emblem was a landscape with palm-trees, and surmounting the whole the Royal Crown in proper colours.
Martin Grieve, 13 May 2003

It had been hoped that Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika would become independent as the federal states of a proposed East African confederation. This was not achieved, but it was agreed that certain services should be operated on behalf of all three countries by the East African Common Services Organisation.  The flag was presumably used until 1977 when the Organisation was broken up and the constituent parts of East African Railways allocated to the respective national governments.
David Prothero, 15 May 2003


East African Railways and Harbours - possible alternative version?

Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 March 2014
 
I have a flag pin which I suspect is from the East African Railways and Harbours but is unlike any of the flags shown on FOTW.  Can anyone confirm if this flag was used by the EAR&H and if so, when?
Julia C. Morgan, 11 March 2014