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Trains old and new in Myanmar

THE railways in Myanmar (formerly Burma) are being slowly modernised with assistance from Japan, in particular. 

The state railway retains a handful of operational steam locos, although many more are plinthed or stored at depots. 

Above: 2-8-2 YD No. 967, Vulcan Foundry UK (5732/1949), passes Bago North signalbox on February 5 with a charter operated for British firm RTC. The semaphores here will be removed as part of the modernisation for the Yangon to Mandalay line. The loco is one of the three operational metre-gauge steam locos remaining in Myanmar. No. 967 is one of 20 Indian standard YD Class locos ordered for Burma in 1948.

Some of the older and once common place Alsthom-built diesel locos have been replaced in regular service by 48 second- hand DMUs of various types, supplied by the Japanese government since 2015.

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