Steam Locomotive

Historical Background of Myanmar Steam Locomotive

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The steam locomotive in Myanmar is historic and interesting to the visitors who are eager in locos. The railways of Myanmar remain during the WW II after 1940s. The Japanese occupied in 1942 and the finally recapture of the country by the Allies in 1944-45 so that resulted many damage to the truck and locomotives as well as the railways throughout the country. In the Japanese reining a number of 3ft 6in gauge engines from Japan were modified to serve for as part of transportation in Myanmar, in the period 1944-46 the allied forces brought in additional stock. After the WWII, large orders were placed with British manufacturers, those types being in fact standard pre-war designs. From 1957 to the present, only diesel locomotives were ordered. Therefore, steams Locomotives are getting extinct in the world today. But in Myanmar, more than 20 steam locos are in service for mankind everyday. This is an opportunity to see them in their action for international steam enthusiasts. It is believed that this opportunity will not last forever. Steam Locos (YB/YC/YD) are converted to oil firing started around 1962.

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The following locos are in service throughout Myanmar.

Class of engine YB YC YD ST
Date of build 1947/48 1932 1929 1948
Wheel arrangement 4-6-2 4-6-2 2-8-2 2-6-4
Date put into
use in Myanmar
1947/48 1947/48 1949/50 1947/48
Used for Local Mail / Express Goods Shunting / Local
Maker's name Vulcan Foundry. Skoda Loco
Works Czech. 
Swiss Loco, Works. Robert Stephen's
& Hawthorns Co. Ltd
Number 508,520,529,
532,533,543,536
621,622,623
624,626,627
629,630
961,962,964
965,967,969
970,972,973,974
754

Now Myanma Railways have four classes off running steam locomotive

Class of Steam Locomotive
  YB YC YD ST
 Year put into services  1948  1948  1950  1948
 Wheel
arrangement
 4-6-2  4-6-2  2-8-2  2-6-4
 No. of running locomotive  2  4  5  2
 Use for  Passenger & Goods Train  Passenger & Goods Train  Passenger & Goods Train  Suburban Train
 Manufacturer  Vulcan Foundary Ltd,Newton-le-Willows  Vulcan Foundary Ltd,
Newton-le-Willows
 Vulcan Foundary Ltd,
Newton-le-Willows
 Rodert Stepheson & Hawthrons Ltd
New Castle & Darlington

SPECIAL CHARTERED STREAM LOCOMOTIVE TRAIN

AVAILABLE ON FOLLOWING JOURNEY

No Section Mile Km
1 Yangon Circular Railway 29.50 47.20
2 Yangon-Bago-Pyuntaza-Pyinmana-Thazi-Mandalay 385.50 616.80
3 Togyaunggale-Okkphosu-Thanlyin(Syriam) Thilawa 16.75 26.80
4 Nyaunglebin-Madauk 11.50 18.40
5 Yangon-Letpadan-Pyay(Prome) 161.00 257.60
6 Bago(Pegu)-Mokpalin-Thaton-Mottama 126.25 202.00
7 Pyinmana-Taungdwing-Kyaukpadaung-Bagan-Myaingyan 203.80 326.08
8 Thazi-Meiktila-Myingyan 70.00 112.00
9 Yangon-Mawlamyine 172.00 275.20
10 Bago-Mandalay 339.00 542.40
11 Mandalay-Meiktila 95.00 152.00
12 Meiktila-Tharzi 14.00 22.40
13 Pyay (Prome)-Yangon 161.00 572.60
14 Thazi-Kalaw-Nyaug Shwe 90.00 144.00
15 Yangon-Mandalay 430.00 688.00

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