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Myanmar Mines Railway in Namtu
Duration - 4 days 3 nights
Destination - Mandalay - Lashio - Namtu - Mandalay
Availability - November and February
Day 1 Mandalay - Lashio - Namtu
Drive from Mandalay to Namtu via Lashio by private coach
about 10 hours. Arrival Namtu check in Railway guesthouse.
Overnight at Railways guesthouse. Along the way stops at
Gokteik view point and lunch break at Hsipaw.
The Gokteik Bridge, a structure of steel trestle
construction for railway line to Lashio began in 1901 by an
American company - the Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge
Construction and completed in 1913. It is 2260 feet long and
was built 320 feet high above a deep ragged stone rock
valley. The Rock itself is 550 feet high above the small
river that flows under the rock. Although the viaduct is
destroyed in the second-World war, Myanma railway repaired
the bridge. Due to its technical and natural condition it
was considered as a masterpiece of the world standard. Mr
Paul Theroux said his book " The Great Railway Bizarre"
called the viaduct " a monster of silver geometry in all the
ragged rock and jungle---its presence was bizarre".
It is the most important viaduct in Mandalay Lashio
rail-road section and the second highest viaduct in the world.
Day 2 Namtu - Bawdwin - Namtu by the narrow gauge loco
Today, visit Loco shed at Namtu, Kerr Stuart 0-4-2T No. 13
(2384/1914) and Bagnall 2-6-2 No. 42 (2238/1927) could be
seen which the only serviceable steam locomotives today.
There are several numbers of 42 saddle tanks were dumped in
the upper yard and in the bushes were more boilers and
various other junks. Observe engine No 13 starting up.
First, depart by narrow gauge to Tiger camp. Our destination
is Bawdwin, but initially we were heading for Tiger Camp 7
miles and 800 ft higher up than Namtu. Almost immediately we
left the main river and started to climb up a narrow valley
Lunch at the camp and proceed to Bawtwin mining area by
diesel engine. There is small electric loco at work to view
at Tiger Camp. The main line from Bawdwin reached Lashio in
March 1903 and the Burma Mines, Railway and Smelting Co Ltd
was promoted in March 1906. The Tiger Camp mining area was
reached at the end of 1908 and three North British 0-6-0s
took over the main line haulage. Namtu became the railway
headquarters, 38.4 miles from the Lashio line. Return to
Namtu by diesel. Dinner and overnight at guesthouse.
Day 3 Namtu - Lashio
Depart by locomotive about 2 miles to the old Japanese mill
site and then by diesel to Nammyo station where to take more
photos of Bagnall 2-6-2 No. 42. Lunch at Nammyo and diesel
back about 13 mile to Nasaing level crossing with motor road
where your driver and coach will meet you and proceed to
Lashio about 2 hour. Overnight in Lashio.
Day 4 Lashio - Mandalay (coach)
Breakfast at hotel and depart for Mandalay about 8 hours.
There is an option that you will be able return to Mandalay
by passenger train crossing over famous Gokehtaik viaduct by
32 Down 05:30 - 19:50. Enjoy activities of passenger along
the route at villages as train passes by slow down.
Price in US$ per person in a group of;
Validity up to September 2014
Included in the price are;
All entrance fees.
Local Tour guide.
All transfers and sightseeing by car & boat.
Lunch and dinner.
Taxes and services.
Not include in the price are; Tips to guide and drivers.
Above services shall be tailored in accord with your choice.