Myanmar Steam Locomotive
The railways of Myanmar suffered considerably during the times of WW 2. Japanese occupation in
1942 and the subsequent recapture of the country by the Allies in 1944-45
resulted in great deal of damage to the truck and locomotives. During the
Japanese occupation a number of 3ft 6in gauge engines from Japan were adjusted
to run on Myanmar, while during 1944-46 the allied forces brought in additional
stock. After the war, large order were placed with British manufacturers, those
types being in fact standard pre-war designs. From 1957 onwards, only diesel
locomotives were ordered.
In the course of time, steams Locomotives are getting extinct in the world
today. But in Myanmar, about over 20 steam locos are in service for mankind
everyday. This is an opportunity to see them in their action for international
steam enthusiasts. I do believe that this opportunity will not last forever.
Steam Locos YB/YC/YD were converted to oil firing started around 1962.
The table shown below is working locos in Myanmar;
| Class of engine
|Date of build
|Date put into use in Myanmar
||Mail / Express
||Shunting / Local
||Skoda Loco Works Czech.
||Swiss Loco, Works.
||Robert Stephen's & Hawthorns Co. Ltd
||508, 520, 529, 532, 533, 543,
||621, 622, 623, 624, 626, 627, 629, 630
||961, 962, 964, 965, 967, 969,