The International Steam Pages
Steam in Myanmar, November 2002
Manfred Schoeler, veteran of many bashes here, reports:
No regular steam to Nyaungkashe
Steam on stone trains from Mottama Line to Yangon
Other freight service on demand
Frequent specials with YC 629 to Nyaungkashe (1.11. / 5.11. / 14.11)
Can be quite steamy as on 5.11.2002 late afternoon:
YD 962 / 970 based here. They are used on request on trains 85 / 86 to Bago (as on
Locals to Madauk should be railcar. I saw it cancelled. Everybody is waiting for an order from the HQ how to continue. The only steam loco in the shed was the stored D 1032.
Notes from the Locoboard:
YB 508 in Toungoo / Pyinmana (based at Yedashe Sugar Mill)
YB 536 HR Insein 15.06.2002
YC 627 HR Insein 15.06.2002
YD 974 Teakwood trains from Paleik near Mandalay to Yangon. Train No. 507 up / 508 dn, twice a month, seen on 2.11. late afternoon leaving Bago Jn.
YB 533 and YD 967 are in use for sugar cane traffic. Both seen in steam on 20.11.2002. YB 508 is based at Yedashe Sugar Mill. Traffic in the late afternoon and at night.
Mandalay - Yangon
There is (was) a teakwood transport from Paleik (5 Miles south of Mandalay) to Yangon. This was run with steam one or two times a month. I saw this train on 2.11.2002 on departure from Bago. In Paleik I was told a few days later that this trains were not successful and cancelled again. If it is running steam locos from Pyinmana, Toungoo, Pyuntaza and Bago are in use for that.
Shunting in Namyao (Junction with the MG) should be steam with Nr.42. (I was told that second hand)
Plinthed M 157 in shed
YC 629 with 'special' Local 170 at the signal gantry in Bago
YD 974 with the twice monthly teak wood train from Paleik near Mandalay to Yangon
YD 970 just arrived in Bago with delayed train 86 from Mottama
At Konegyi YB 508 has to give way for Express No.12 from Mandalay to Yangon.