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Myanmar Railway Assessment

Myanmar Railways

4.9 Myanmar Railway Company Contact List

The rail network, under responsibility of the Ministry of Rail Transportation and operated by state-owned Myanmar Railways (MR), has nearly doubled since 1988, with a total length of 3,722km in 2014, all 1,000mm gauge. This expansion however has been done at the cost of regular maintenance. The core railway infrastructure and locomotives and coaches are in poor condition, which has slowed operating speeds and made rides uncomfortable. There are no rail links to adjacent countries and the status of planned cross-border rail connections to China, India and Thailand, as well as the Thanbyuzayet-Three Pagoda pass connection remains uncertain. In 2011 67.6m passengers and 3.3m tons were transported, using 248 passenger trains/day and 21 freight trains/day. The rail capacity includes 386 locomotives, 1,252 passenger coaches and 3,311 freight wagons.

 

Under the framework for economic and social reform the government has committed to improve the quality of the Yangon-Mandalay-Myitkyitna and the Bago-Mawlamyine section. There are existing plans to build a high speed railway to connect Kunming in Southwest China with Vietnam, Lao PDF and Myanmar respectivaly. Construction on the section connecting to Myanmar, the Dali-Ruili railway, began in May 2011 and is scheduled to take six year.

Generally the trains do not run on time and are not much used for freight. MR does not accept liability for damage to cargo in transit, therefor it is recommended to transport cargo by rail through third party freight forwarders or transporters. Because MR rents out most freight cargo capacity in advance to private transporters on a monthly basis it is difficult to hire freight capacity directly from MR.

The railway network is divided by MR in 11 administrative divisions. In lower Myanmar, to the South the main line starts in Yangon and ends at Dawei, Tanintharyi. Freight can only be transported until Mawlamyine due to the mountains. In upper Myanmar, to the North the main line runs from Yangon via Nay Pyi Taw to Myitkyina, in Kachin State. This line to Myitkyina is used more frequently for freight by private transporters, because it is less costly as transport by road.

 

Lower Myanmar

Line

Route

Notes

Yangon-Mandalay

Yangon-Bago-Nay Pyi Taw-Thazi-Mandalay

In frequent use

Yangon-Dawei

Yangon-Bago-Mawlamyine-Dawei

No freight Mawlamyine to Dawei

Yangon-Bagan

Yangon-Letpadan-Taungdwinggyi-Bagan

Older line, compared to parallel line via Nay Pyi Taw

Yangon-Pathein

Yangon-Letpadan-Pathein

LetPadan to Pathein in disuse

Upper Myanmar

Line

Route

Notes

Mandalay-Mytkyina

Mandalay-Khin-U-Indaw-Myitkyina

In frequent use

Mandalay-Lashio

Mandalay-Lashio and Namtu

In use

Mandalay-Taunggyi

Mandalay-Thazi-Taunggyi

In use

Mandalay-Kale

Mandalay-Sagaing-Monywa-Pakokku-Kale

Pakokku to Kale in disuse

Pakokku-Thazi

Pakokku-Taungtha-Meiktila-Thazi

In use (central West–East)

Sittwe - Mrauk-U

Sittwe-Mrauk-U

Since 2013. Not connected to the main railway network

 

Travel Time Matrix

 

Yangon

 

Time

Distance

 Nay Pyi Taw

9 hours

233 mile /372km

 

Mandalay

14 hours

370 mile /595km

 

Myitkyina

30 hours

724 mile /1165 km

Railway Companies and Consortia

There are no private railway companies in Myanmar. MR is the sole railway enterprise.

4.2.1 Myanmar Government Contact List

Capacity Table

 

 

Operator / Company

Operates on (lines)

Myanma Railway (MM)

Max train length and/or pulling capacity

unknown

Locomotives (electric/diesel/steam)

Diesel

Freight Wagons (covered) / size

GBHV-36 tons

Freight Wagons (flat bed) / size

WBY,WBYB – 30 tons

WBXV – 36 tons

SMBV – 36 tons

Freight Wagons (high-sided)/size

NA

Freight Wagons (drop-side)/size

NA

 Key Route Information

 

 

Route A

 Yangon - Naypyidaw

Route B

 Naypyidaw - Mandalay

Route C

 Mandalay - Myitkyinar

Track gauge

1 metre

1 metre

1 metre

Ruling gradient

Nil

Nil

NA

Total track distance (single and/or double)

Single

Single

Single

Type of rail (weight and if welded or not)

Joint Connection

Joint Connection

Joint Connection

Type of sleeper and fastenings

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Total track travel time

NA

NA

NA

Maintenance (Good, marginal, bad)

Marginal

Marginal

Marginal

Companies-consortiums operating on line

NA

NA

NA

Traffic frequency (monthly/weekly/daily)

Daily

Daily

Daily

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Good

Good

Good

Main stations (Add details below)

Bago-Taungoo

Tharzi

Khin U-Indaw

 

Key Stations

 

Key Station Information

 

Bago

Naypyidaw

Mandalay

Location

Bago Division

Naypyidaw Division

NA

Contact Information

U Thaung Htike, 052 21508

U Aung Myint Hlaing, General Manager, Naypyidaw, 067 77014

NA

Connections with other

transport means

(road/waterways/air)

Road only

Road only

NA

Storage Capacity

(square meters and cubic meters)

No warehouse

NA

NA

Handling Equipment

No Equipment

No Equipment

No Equipment

Handling Capacity:

MT / Hour

TEU / Hour

NA

NA

NA

Other Comments

Bago is a big town, well developed and from Yangon to Mandalay and Yangon to Mawlamyine route you have to pass this town.

Naypyidaw is the capital of Myanmar and located between the Yangon to Mandalay route

Mandalay has an international airport and sees frequent business activity from China

Yangon Circular Railway 

Yangon Circular Railway is a railway line for local commuters, which serves the Yangon metropolitan area. Operated by Myanmar Railways, the 45.9-kilometre (28.5 mi) 39-station loop system connects satellite towns and suburban areas to the city. The railway has about 200 coaches, runs 20 times a day and sells 100,000 to 150,000 tickets daily.

The service hours are from 3:45 am to 10:15 pm daily. The cost of a ticket for a distance up to 15 miles is 100 kyats (~nine US cents), and for over 15 miles is 200 kyats (~18 US cents).

Myanmar Railway Schedule (Passengers trains attached with cargo train)

Below table is the passenger train schedule. Cargo wagons can be attached to passenger trains along the routes.

 Yangon - Mandalay Line

 Train
Number

Yangon

Bago

Taungoo

Pyinmana

Thazi

Mandalay

 

arri-
val

depar-
ture

arri-
val

depar-
ture

arri-
val

depar-
ture

arri-
val

depar-
ture

arri-
val

depar-
ture

arri-
val

depar-
ture

1 UP

-

04:00

05:56

06:11

15:20

15:40

19:08

19:18

00:45

00:50

06:10

-

 

2 DN

19:30

-

16:08

16:55

09:01

09:21

05:50

06:00

23:59

00:09

-

19:15

 

3 UP

-

05:30

07:18

07:21

12:14

12:24

14:33

14:36

18:00

18:03

21:30

-

 

4 DN

21:30

-

19:09

19:12

14:03

14:13

11:49

11:52

08:17

08:20

-

05:30

 

5 UP

-

05:00

06:48

06:51

11:18

11:28

13:44

13:48

16:53

16:56

20:10

-

 

6 DN

20:10

-

17:49

17:52

13:08

13:18

10:58

11:01

07:45

07:48

-

05:00

 

9 UP

-

08:30

10:28

10:43

17:56

18:51

21:30

-

-

-

-

-

 

10 DN

17:45

-

14:46

15:01

07:25

07:55

-

04:30

-

-

-

-

 

11 UP

-

06:00

07:48

07:50

12:47

12:57

15:22

15:25

18:45

18:48

22:00

-

 

12 DN

22:00

-

19:32

19:35

14:39

14:49

12:20

12:23

09:01

09:04

-

06:00

 

31 UP

-

08:00

09:47

09:50

14:12

14:15

16:30

-

-

-

-

-

 

32 DN

13:45

-

11:29

11:32

06:57

07:00

-

05:00

-

-

-

-

 

 

Mandalay - Myitkyina Line

Train
Number

Mandalay

Shwebo

Kawlin

Naba

Mohnyin

Myitkyina

arri-
val

depar-
ture

arri-
val

depar-
ture

arri-
val

depar-
ture

arri-
val

depar-
ture

arri-
val

depar-
ture

arri-
val

depar-
ture

37 UP

-

12:00

15:01

15:03

19:34

19:39

23:10

23:20

02:16

02:19

08:00

-

38 DN

08:00

-

04:02

04:22

23:42

23:47

20:17

20:27

17:27

17:30

-

12:00

55 UP

-

13:30

16:43

16:45

21:43

21:53

01:37

01:47

04:53

05:03

10:50

-

56 DN

05:00

-

01:43

01:45

20:32

20:42

16:20

16:30

13:10

13:20

-

07:00

57 UP

-

16:00

19:05

19:07

23:35

23:45

03:40

03:45

06:50

06:55

13:20

-

58 DN

12:10

-

09:02

09:04

04:20

04:25

00:29

00:34

22:12

22:17

-

15:30

 

Mon state and Thanintharyi region

The railway network in Myanmar is divided in 11 divisions. The railway network in Mon state and Thanintharyi region are included in Division 8. This railway line starts from Yangon and ends at Dawei in Thanintharyi. Between Ye and Dawei, the railway track has steep inclines and therefor freight trains can’t reach Dawei, but passenger trains can. Myanma Railways (MR), a state-owned enterprise, is the only company operating railways in Myanmar. Myanma Railways (MR) was planning to extend this railway line further South from Dawei to Myeik, but this extension been put on hold due to budget constraints.

Distance (Mile) and Travel Time(Hour) Matrix

Travel Time from Capital City to Major Towns (Hours / Days)

 

Yangon

Mawlamyine 

Ye 

Dawei

Yangon

-

176.25 miles/
10 hours

276.25 miles/
16 hours

376.25 miles/
19 hours

 Mawlamyine 

176.25 miles/
10 hours

-

100 miles/
6 hours

200 miles/
15 hours

Ye 

276.25 miles/
16 hours

100 miles/
6 hours

-

100 miles/
9 hours

Dawei 

376.25 miles/
19 hours

200 miles/
15 hours

100 miles/
9 hours

-

Capacity Table

Myanma Railways (MR) is the only organization that operates railway transport in Myanmar. The railway track gauge is 1 metre, which is standard countrywide in Myanmar.  All trains can travel to Mawlamyine and Ye, but freight trains can’t reach Dawei due to steep inclines of the railway. Passenger trains can reach Dawei however.

 

Rail Operator Capacity

 

Operator / Company

Myanma Railways (MR)

Operates on (lines)

Yangon to Dawei (Division 8)

Max train length and/or pulling capacity

370 miles (Yangon to Dawei)

Locomotives (electric/diesel/steam)

Diesel

Freight Wagons (covered) / size

GBHV-36 tons

Freight Wagons (flat bed) / size

WBY,WBYB – 30 tons

WBXV – 36 tons

SMBV – 36 tons

Freight Wagons (high-sided)/size

NA

Freight Wagons (drop-side)/size

NA

Key Route Information

Standard Route Information

 

 

Route A

 Yangon to Mawlamyine

Route B

 Mawlamyine to Ye

Route C

 Ye to Dawei

Track gauge

1 metre

1 metre

1 metre

Ruling gradient

Nil

Nil

1/25, 1/40

Total track distance (single and/or double)

Single

Single

Single

Type of rail (weight and if welded or not)

Joint Connection

Joint Connection

Joint Connection

Type of sleeper and fastenings

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Total track travel time

10 hours

6 hours

9 hours

Maintenance (Good, marginal, bad)

Marginal

Marginal

Marginal

Companies-consortiums operating on line

None

None

None

Traffic frequency (monthly/weekly/daily)

Daily

Daily

Daily

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Good

Good

Good

Main stations (Add details below)

Bago, Kyaik Hto, Tha Htone, Paung

Than Phyu Zayat, Nit Kayin, La Mine

Kan Kaw Taung, Kalar Yaung, Yay Phyu

Key Stations

Key Station Information

 

 

Bago

Mawlamyine

Dawei

Location

Bago Division

Mon State

Tanintharri Division

Contact Information

U Thaung Htike, 052 21508

U Tin Soe Win, 057 22850

NA

Multi-modal Connections

(road/waterways/air)

Road only

Road only

Road only

Storage Capacity

(sqm and cubic meters)

No warehouse

No warehouse

No warehouse

Handling Equipment

No Equipment

No Equipment

No Equipment

Handling Capacity:

MT / Hour,  TEU / Hour

n/a

n/a

n/a

Other Comments

Limited cargo is transported by Myanma Railways because MR does not accept liability for loss, damage or delay of freight in transit.

 

Kawlin and Sagaing Region 

Myanma Railways (MR) is a state-owned enterprise that runs all railway operations in Myanmar. The Kawlin railway station is under the Ywa Htaung Division-2, on the main track of Myitkyina-MyoHoung (MDY). The limited freight wagon operates along this track after the road condition improvement and number of truck increases in the area.

Distance and Travel Time Matrix

Travel Time from Capital City to Major Towns (Hours / Days)

 

Kawlin

Wun-tho

Indaw

Katha

Myit-kyina

Kan- balu

Ywa-Htaung

Myo-Haung (MDY)

Kawlin

 

45km/ 23m

120km/ 4h

143km/6h20m

314km/ 12h20m

41km/ 2h13/

195km/ 5h35m

213km/6h40m

Wun-tho

45km/ 23m

 

75km/ 3h37m

98km/ 5h57m

269km/ 11h57m

85km/ 2h36m

239km/ 5h58m

258km/ 7h3m

Indaw

120km/ 4h

75km/ 3h37m

 

23km/ 2h20

194km/ 8h20m

161km/ 6h13m

315km/ 9h35m

333km/ 10h57m

Katha

143km/ 6h20m

98km/ 5h57m

23km/ 2h20

 

219km/10h35

184km/8h33m

338km/ 11h55m

356km/13h17m

Myit-Kyina

314km/ 12h20m

269km/ 11h57m

194km/ 8h20m

219km/10h35m

 

354km/14h33m

508km/ 17h38m

526km/ 19h

Kan-balu

41km/ 2h13

85km/ 2h36m

161km/ 6h13m

184km/8h33m

354km/14h33m

 

154km/ 3h5m

172km/ 4h27m

Ywa-Htaung

195km/ 5h35m

239km/ 5h58m

315km/ 9h35m

338km/11h55m

508km/17h38m

154km/ 3h5m

 

18km/ 1h22m

Myo-Hong (MDY)

213km/6h40m

258km/ 7h3m

333km/ 10h57m

356km/13h17m

526km/19h

172km/ 4h27m

18km/ 1h22m

 

  • Katha Station meets with the main track at Naba Station and no direct rail operates for it.  
  • Depend on the rail engine and the interval time, the hour of travelling will be varied.


Capacity Table

Rail Operator Capacity

 

Operator / Company

Myanma Railways (MR)

Operates on (lines)

YwaHtaung (Division2)

Myitkyina(Division1)

Max train length and/or pulling capacity

30 Mt (psg) + 48-Mt (parcel) for 12 axle

Locomotives (electric/diesel/steam)

Diesel/hydraulic hybrid

Freight Wagons (covered) / size

GBHV 4 axle-32 tons nett

Freight Wagons (flat bed) / size

n/a

Freight Wagons (high-sided)/size

11(m)x2.6(m)x 3.2(m)

 

Freight Wagons (drop-side)/size

N/A


Key Route Information

On many routes there is a problem of water erosion, causing foundation of trestles to erode which results in unevenness and dips in the rails. On sections affected trains have to slow down to avoid accidents and derailing.

Standard Route Information

 

Route A

Myo-Houng-(MDY)-YwaHtang-Kanblu-Kawlin-Indaw-Naba-Myitkyina

Route B
YeU-KhinU

Route C

Katha-Naba

Track gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

Ruling gradient

1 in 25 ft(Bon-Chaung, Nan Khan, Naba)

0 ft/ 300ft

1 in 25 ft

Total track distance (single and/or double)

Single track

Single track

Single track

Type of rail (weight and if welded or not)

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Type of sleeper and fastenings

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Total track travel time

19 hr drive

1 hr drive

1hr 50 min drive

Maintenance (Good, marginal, bad)

Fair, water erosion

Fair

Fair

Companies-consortiums operating on line

MR only

MR only

MR only

Traffic frequency (monthly/weekly/daily)

Daily

Daily

Daily

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Good (60%)

Good

Good

Main stations (Add details below)

Myohaoung, Shwebo, Kawlin, Naba & Myitkyina

Khin-U

Naba


Key Stations

Key Station Information

 

Kawlin

Wuntho

Katha

Kanbalu

Ye-U

Location

23°47'29.51"N

95°40'42.25"E Kawlin

23°54'0.43"N 95°41'31.97"E

Wuntho

24°10'37.09"N 96°20'14.27"E Katha

23°12'14.67"N

95°30'53.17"E

Kanbalu

22°45'6.33"N  95°24'56.23"E

Ye-U

Contact Information

U Zaw Min Tun (Dty. SM)

09-258988188

U Khin Zaw (Dty. Supervisor)

Myint Thein (Station master) Tel: 09-43015978

U Kyaw Win (SM)

Tel:09-402737423

U Tin Ko(SM)

Tel: 075-27050

/ 27024

U Zaw Naing Soe(SM)

Tel:09-792960497/ 075-40256

 

Multi-modal Connections

(road/waterways/air)

Road only

Road only

Road only

Road only

Road only

Storage Capacity

(sqm and cubic meters)

225sqm/ 900cub m, suitable for  temporary use as no good ventilation

No

No

No

No

Handling Equipment

None

None

None

None

None

Handling Capacity:

MT / Hour,  TEU / Hour

Manual only,

Available from Tsp labour exchange office

Manual only,

Available from Tsp labour exchange office

Manual only

Manual only

Manual only
No standby labour

Other Comments

Limited cargo is transported by Myanma Railways because MR does not accept liability for loss, damage or delay of freight in transit and the other means of transport availabilities such as motorbike and Chinese tractor which can reach or trade door to door between buyers and seller.

 


Kawlin and Wuntho rail stations were used to be very busy for timber delivery to Yangon/Mandalay and other local paddy and noodle transportation to Myitkyina. However, after many heavy trucks imported to Myanmar in recent years, the delivery business get down more than 70%. In average, two wagons per week in a station is operational. Yangon-Myitkyina or Mandalay-Myitkyina trains, it will stop at Kawlin during the flood occur. Kawlin station area is a bit higher than other part of the town and in normal flood, it can escape from the flood.

Indaw and Kanbalu station are minor stations on the main track of MyoHoung-Myitkyina (MDY) and there is no regular cargo wagon. Before the business in the road sector was being improved it was used to be busy for paddy and rice transportation.

Katha station (South) is an end-station. It connects to the main track of Myitkyina-Myohoung (Mandalay) at Naba and only one mini-bus train run in between. No cargo wagon is being used for this track. The Katha station (North) is no more in use as the rail track heading to Singan under Shwegu township of Kachin state was not properly constructed nor cost effective.   

Ye-U Station is less popular and except one bus and local train running for ferry, there are no more in use for cargo wagon. It is one of the station in the middle of Shwebo-KhinU track.

Kayah and Southern Shan State

Myanma Railways (MR) is a state-owned enterprise that runs all railway operations in Myanmar. The Loikaw railway station is connected with one of the main stations at Tarzi Station and it is under Kalaw Division-4 which comprise of stations along Southern Shan and Kayah State. Among them, Aungban and Lawksawk are active station with cargo and passengers.

Distance (KM) and Travel Time (Hours) Matrix

Travel Time from Capital City to Major Towns (Hours / Days)

 

Loikaw

Pekon

Pinlong

Aungban

Kalaw

Tharzi

Loikaw

 

36km/ 2h10m

86km/ 5h30

163km/ 10h30m

174km/ 11h25m

275km/ 18h15

Pekon

36km/ 2h10m

 

50km/ 3h20m

128km/ 5h

139km/ 1h5m

239km/ 16h50m

Pinlong

86km/ 5h30

50km/ 3h20m

 

78km/ 1h40m

89km/ 5h55m

189km/ 12h45m

Aungban

163km/ 10h30m

128km/5h

78km/ 1h40m

 

11km/ 1h5m

122km/ 7h35

Kalaw

174km/ 11h25m

139km/ 1h5m

89km/ 5h55m

11km/ 1h5m

 

101km/ 6hr30h

Tharzi

275km/ 18h15

239km/ 16h50m

189km/ 12h45m

122km/ 7h35

101km/ 6hr30h

 

Note: Banking locomotive is required for two point in between Kalaw and Tharzi.

Capacity Table

Rail Operator Capacity

 

Operator / Company

Myanma Railways (MR)

Operates on (lines)

Kalaw/Aungban (Division 4)

Max train length and/or pulling capacity

6 Mt (psg) + 28 Mt (parcel)

Locomotives (electric/diesel/steam)

Diesel/hydraulic hybrid

Freight Wagons (covered) / size

GBHV 4 axle-32 tons nett

Freight Wagons (flatbed) / size

n/a

Freight Wagons (high-sided)/size

11(m)x2.6(m)x 3.2(m)

Freight Wagons (drop-side)/size

NA


Key Route Information

On many routes there is a problem of water erosion, causing foundation of trestles to erode which results in unevenness and dips in the rails. On sections affected trains have to slow down to avoid accidents and derailing.

 

Standard Route Information

 

Route A
Loikaw-Aungban-Tarzi

Route B
Lawksawk-Yangon

Route C
Tarzi-Yangon

Track gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

Ruling gradient

1 in 40 ft

1 in 40 ft

0 ft/ 300ft

Total track distance (single and/or double)

Double track

Double track

Double track

Type of rail (weight and if welded or not)

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Type of sleeper and fastenings

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Total track travel time

275 Km to Tarzi  in 18hrs15min (15Km per hr in Average)

217 Km to Tarzi  in 14hrs (16Km per hr in Average)

490km/16hrs30 min to Yangon(30Km per hr in Average)

Maintenance (Good, marginal, bad)

Fair

Fair

Good

Companies-consortiums operating on line

MR only

MR only

MR only

Traffic frequency (monthly/weekly/daily)

daily

daily

daily

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Good

Good

Good

Main stations (Add details below)

Aungban and Tharzi

Aungban, Tharzi and Yangon

 


Key Stations

Key Station Information

 

Loikaw

Aungban

Taunggyi

Location

19°39'58.16"N

97°13'11.61"E

 

Loikaw

20°39'14.54"N

96°37'56.41"E

 

Aungban

 

20°44'51.99"N

97° 3'5.75"E

Taunggyi

Contact Information

U Kyaw Naing Station Master) Tel: 09-779846923

U Khin Maung Yi(Station master) Tel: 075-60144

U Thant Zin (SM) Ph# 09-788314015

U Kyaw Naing Win (ASM) 09-793900942

Multi-modal Connections

(road/waterways/air)

Road only

Road only

Road only

Storage Capacity

(sqm and cubic meters)

54 sqm/  600 cub m, there is no proper walling, it can be only used for temporary

54 sqm/600cub meter. It is now being used as staff house

n/a

Handling Equipment

none

None

None

Handling Capacity:

MT / Hour,  TEU / Hour

Manual only,

No standby labour

Manual only, 10 daily labourers standby

Manual only
No standby labour

Other Comments

Limited cargo is transported by Myanma Railways because MR does not accept liability for loss, damage or delay of freight in transit and the other means of transport availabilities such as motorbike and Chinese tractor which can reach or trade door to door between buyers and seller.


Loikaw is an end-station. It connects the main track at Aungban station. While Loikaw has one daily train up and one down to Tharzi station, the Lawsawk station has up and down direct train up to Yangon. The Namsang and Mongnai was completely closed from Kalaw Division-4. Apart from it, Taunggyi station only operate between Taunggyi and Saikaung about 66 Km to offer the service to local vegetable vendors along the track round trip per day. No more trip to main track of Aungban/Kalaw.    

The ticket fare of ordinary class is MMK 2,300 per person and the first class is MMK3,100 from Loikaw to Tarzi. For transport charges of cargo is MMK 13.74 Ks from Loikaw to Tharzi too.                     

Bago, Naypyitaw and Magway region

Myanma Railway (MR) is a state-owned enterprise that runs all railway operations in Myanmar. 

Distance and Travel Time Matrix

Travel Time from Capital City to Major Towns (Hours / Days)

 

Yangon

Bago

Taungoo

Pyinmana

NayPyitaw

Taungdwingi

Yangon

 

74.8 km/
1h45m

202.8 km/
6h15m

362.2 km         /8hr40m

375 km         /9 hrs

412km
12hr30m

Bago

  74.8km/
1h45m

 

128 km/ 4h30m

287.4 km/

6h55m

300.2 km/

7h15m

different
route

Taungoo

202.8 km/
6h15m

128 km/ 4h30m

 

159.4 km/

2h25m

172.2 km/

2h45m

different
route

Pyinmana

362.2 km         /8hr40m

287.4 km/

6h55m

159.4 km/

2h25m

 

12.8km/
20min

different
route

Naypyitaw

375 km

/9 hrs

300.2 km/

7h15m

172.2km/
2h45m

12.8km/
20min

 

120km /

4hr15m

Taungdwingi

412km
12hr30m

different
route

different
route

different
route

120km /

4hr15m

 


Capacity Table

Rail Operator Capacity

 

Operator / Company

Myanma Railway (MR)

Operates on (lines)

Mandalay (Division 3)

Sagaing (Division 10, 2)

Magway (Division 11)

Bago (Division 6)

Max train length and/or pulling capacity

500 MT, for uphill 300MT(Shan state)

Locomotives (electric/diesel/steam)

Diesel/hydraulic hybrid

Diesel/electric hybrid

Freight Wagons (covered) / size

GBHV 4 axle-31 tons nett

Freight Wagons (flat bed) / size

WBY,WBYB – 28 tons nett

WBXV – 28 tons

SMBV – 31 tons

Freight Wagons (high-sided)/size

36 ft 6 inch by 8ft 6 inch
height 10ft 6 inch

Freight Wagons (drop-side)/size

NA

Key Route Information

On many routes there is a problem of water erosion, causing foundation of trestles to erode which results in unevenness and dips in the rails. On sections affected trains have to slow down to avoid accidents and derailing.

Standard Route Information

 

 

Route A

Yangon-Bago-NayPyitaw 

Route B
Magway-Taungdwingyi-Pyimina

Route C
Yangon-Shwedaga (Pyay)-Aunglan-NyaungU

Track gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

Ruling gradient

0 ft/ 300ft

0 ft/ 300ft

1ft/ 60ft

Total track distance (single and/or double)

Double track

Double track

Double track

Type of rail (weight and if welded or not)

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Type of sleeper and fastenings

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Total track travel time

1h45m Yangon to Bago

83km/3hr45m to Taungdwingyi, 203km/8hrs to Naypyitaw

318km/ 8hr Yangon to Aunglan

259km/ 9hr:25m to Bagan

Maintenance (Good, marginal, bad)

Fair. Area before Bago can get flooded

Fair

Fair

Companies-consortiums operating on line

MR only

MR only

MR only

Traffic frequency (monthly/weekly/daily)

Express 3x/day

Local 2x/day

Cargo 2x/day

Express1x/day

to Nyayitaw
no cargo trains

Express2x/day

1 express to Nyayitaw
no cargo trains

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Good

Good

Good

Main stations (Add details below)

Bago, Tangoo, Pyinmana

Magway, Taungdwingyi, Lewe, Pyimana, Naypyitaw

Yangon

Shwedaga (Pyay), Aunglan, Nyaung-U


Key Stations

Key Station Information

Bago

Taungoo

Pyinmana

NayPyitaw

Taungdwingyi

N17 20’ 04.7”, E96 28’ 31.7”, Bago

N18 56’ 06.3”, E96 26’ 15.2”, Taungoo

N19 44’ 09.6”, E96 12’ 23.7”, Pyinmana

N19 50’ 53.5”, E96 11’ 44.0”, Naypyitaw

N20 00’ 07.4”, E95 32’ 25.9”, Taungdwingyi

U Thaung Htike (Dept. Station Master) Tel: 052-2221508

U Kyaw Naing (Station master) Tel: 09-250113331. 067-23308

U Nyint Thein (Station Master) tel: 067-22508,

U Khin Thaw (Station Master) tel: 09-797397910, 067-77133

U Hla Yi
(station master) tel: 09-250 544 185 / 063-50374

Road only

Road only

Road only

Road only

Road only

Used by Shwe Than Lwin co. (railway maintenance)

36x15m.

No other storage

24x12m, opposite station at 2 disused rails, can be accessed from roadside

Storage on platform 2/3
More cargo activity as Naypyitaw station

Storage available: 12x12m.
But less cargo activity as Pyinmana station

Storage available 7x7m, limited cargo is being handled

none

None

None

Cargo dolly’s

None

Manual only

Manual only, 10 daily labourers

Manual only

Manual only
Normally limited cargo is being managed

Manual only

Limited cargo is transported by Myanma Railways because MR does not accept liability for loss, damage or delay of freight in transit.

Key Station Information

 

Aunglan

Pyay

Magway

Location

N19 20’ 57.0”, E95 13’ 30.4”, Aunglan

N18 49’ 12.5”, E95 12’ 59.3”, Pyay

N20 07’ 23.3”, E94 56’ 31.8”, Magway

Contact Information

U Aung Naing Htay (Station Master) Tel: 09-777901775

U Khin Maung Aye (Dept. Station Master) Tel: 09-251106525

U Tin Thein (Station Master) Tel: 09-256041457

Multi-modal Connections

(road/waterways/air)

Road only

Road only

Road only

Storage Capacity

(sqm and cubic meters)

None. Limited cargo is being handled

10x20m at station, handle mostly luggage.

None

Handling Equipment

None

none

None

Handling Capacity:

MT / Hour,  TEU / Hour

Manual Only

Manual only

Manual only

Other Comments

 

Pyay is an end-station.

Magway is an end-station

Pyay is an end-station. It connects at Shwedaga station to the line from Yangon to Nyaung-U.  Pyay to Shwedaga is 3mi. From Pyay there are direct trains to:

- Pyay - Yangon: 161 mi / 8 hrs.

- Pyay - Naypyitaw: 160.2 mi / 10hr30min.

- Frequency: Express to Naypyitaw 1/day, to Yangon 1/day.

Mandalay and Sagaing region

Distance and Travel Time Matrix

Travel Time from Capital City to Major Towns (Hours / Days)

 

Yangon

Naypyitaw

Nyaung-U

Pakokku

Mandalay

Monywa

Yangon

 

375 km         /9 hrs

579 km

/17.5 hrs

613 km

/18.5 hrs

629 km

/14 hrs

739 km

/22.3 hrs

Naypyitaw

375 km

/9 hrs

 

254 km

/6 hrs

320 km

/11 hrs

254 km

/6 hrs

420 km

/ 12 hrs

Nyaung-U

(Bagan)

579 km /17.5hrs

254 km        /6 hrs

 

33.8 km

/ 1hrs

192.7 km / 7.5hrs

83.2 mile

/ 5.5 hrs

Pakokku

613 km

/ 18.5 hr

320 km

/11 hrs

33.8 km

/ 1 hrs

 

174 km

/5.5hrs

99.7 km

/ 4.5 hrs

Mandalay

629 km

/14 hr

254 km

/6 hrs

192.7 km / 7.5hrs

174 km

/5.5hrs

 

109.4 km

/4.8 hrs.

Monywa

739 km /22.3 hr

420 km

/ 12 hrs

83.2 mile

/ 5.5 hrs

99.7 km / 4.5 hrs

109.4 km

4.8 hrs.

 

Note: The destinations from Mandalay to locations in regions North East such as Myitkyina, Lashio, Kalaw are excluded in this matrix.


Capacity Table

Rail Operator Capacity

 

Operator / Company

Myanma Railway (MR)

Operates on (lines)

Mandalay (Division 3)

Sagaing (Division 10, 2)

Magway (Division 11)

Max train length and/or pulling capacity

500 MT, for uphill 300MT(Shan state)

Locomotives (electric/diesel/steam)

Diesel/hydraulic hybrid

Diesel/electric hybrid

Freight Wagons (covered) / size

GBHV 4 axle-31 tons nett

Freight Wagons (flat bed) / size

WBY,WBYB – 28 tons nett

WBXV – 28 tons

SMBV – 31 tons

Freight Wagons (high-sided)/size

36 ft 6 inch by 8ft 6 inch
height 10ft 6 inch

Freight Wagons (drop-side)/size

NA

Key Route Information

On many routes there is a problem of water erosion, causing foundation of trestles to erode which results in unevenness and dips in the rails. On sections affected trains have to slow down to avoid accidents and derailing.

 

Standard Route Information

 

 

Route A

Yangon-NayPyiTaw-Mandalay 

Route B

Yangon-Nyaung-U-Pakokku

Route C

Pakokku-Mandalay

Track gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

Ruling gradient

1 ft/ 300ft

1 ft/ 300ft

1 ft/ 300ft

Total track distance (single and/or double)

Double iron, between Pleik and Myinge a bridge is built, single track until July 2016

Single iron

Single iron

Type of rail (weight and if welded or not)

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Type of sleeper and fastenings

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Total track travel time

14 hrs Yangon to Mandalay

7.5 hrs Yangon to Nyaung-U

 

7.5 hrs Nyaung-U to Mandalay

Maintenance (Good, marginal, bad)

Fair, water erosion

Good

Good

Companies-consortiums operating on line

MR only

MR only

MR only

Traffic frequency (monthly/weekly/daily)

4 per day, (3 express)

1 per day

2 per day

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Good

Good

Good

Main stations (Add details below)

 

 

 

Standard Route Information

 

Route D
Pakokku-NayPyiTaw

Route E

Mandalay-Monywa

 

Route F

Mandalay to Myitkyina

Track gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

1 metre, middle gauge

Ruling gradient

0 ft

0 ft

 

Total track distance (single and/or double)

Single iron

Single iron.
76.75 mi/
5hrs. 1 train/day

Single iron

Type of rail (weight and if welded or not)

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Joint Connection, 39ft each

Type of sleeper and fastenings

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Cobar (China), ABC

Total track travel time

 

4hr 50min

 

Maintenance (Good, marginal, bad)

Fair, water erosion

Marginal, water erosion

Fair, water erosion

Companies-consortiums operating on line

MR only

MR only

MR only

Traffic frequency (monthly/weekly/daily)

1 per day

5 per day to Myitkyina

 

Security (Good, marginal, bad)

Good

Good

Good

Main stations (Add details below)

 

Mandalay, Sagaing, Shwebo, Khin-U, Monywa

Shwebo

Route B: Nyaung-U station is on the line from Yangon, via Bagan to Pakokku, daily trains. There is also 2 x daily trains from Nyaung-U to Mandalay.

Route E: From Mandalay there is a loop to Monywa. From Khin-U the line continues North to Myitkyina (Kachin State). There are five express trains per day from Shwebo to Myitkyina and 2 local trains per day.There are three destinations from Monywa: Mandalay, Pakokku, Khin-U. From Monywa to Pakokku, one day-trip train operates daily.

Route D: Pakkoko-Naypyitaw: The line connects at Sathwar to the main line from Yangon to Naypyitaw Quality of the railway is good, but this line is only used for passengers. Cargo for Pakokku will be routed via Mandalay. From Pakokku to Kyaw (94 miles to the westward) a small passenger train operates on daily basis.

Route Pakkoku to Kale: This route is interrupted due to landslides at the tunnel of Bon Nyar hill between Kyaw and Yae Myat Ni (for 33.8 km) and at Kanbani bridge between Gangaw and Kale station, 50 km from Kale. Only passenger trains operate between Pakokku to Kyaw and between Yae Myat Ni and Gangaw and between Gangaw and Kale. It is expected that the Kanbani bridge will be repaired by July 2016, but the interruption between Kyaw and Yae Myat Ni is not planned to be repaired. For this reason Pakokku to Kale is not recommended as a key route.

Key Stations

Key Station Information

 

 

 

 

Mandalay

Monywa

Shwebo

Nyaung-U

Pakokku

Location

Mandalay

21°58'37.87"N, 96° 5'9.51"E

Monywa

22° 06' 56.4"N,
95° 08' 11.3"E

Shwebo

22°34'59.79"N, 95°41'39.14"E

Nyaung-U

21°09'15.24"N, 94°56'06.02"E

Pakokku

22°21'40.91"N, 95°06'33.42"E

Contact Information

U Nyein Maung (Dept. Station Master) Tel: 09 400443966

U Ko Oo (Dept. Head Master)
Tel: 09-400546525

U Hla Zaw One
(Dept. Station  Master)

Tel: +95-75-21029

U Nyan Tint (Dept. Station Master) Tel:+95-9-794860552

+95-9-782824372

 

U Thein Lwin ( Dept. Station Master), Tel:95-9-794404011/ 062-22068

Multi-modal Connections

(road/waterways/air)

Road only

Road only

Road only

Road only

Road only

Storage Capacity

(sqm and cubic meters)

 None, only RRD site.

Yes 13x8m, roof damaged

10x8=80 sq.m.

No storage.

No storage

Handling Equipment

Can handle 40ft containers

Manual labor only

Manual labor only

Manual labor only

Manual labour only. Cargo goes from Pyi Taw via Mandalay
to Pakokku

Handling Capacity:

MT / Hour,  TEU / Hour

4-8 TEU/ hour

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Other Comments

Limited cargo is transported by Myanma Railways because MR does not accept liability for loss, damage or delay of freight in transit.

Cargo Terminal, Mandalay

Cargo from and to Yangon is being handled at Myo Houng Railway terminal in Mandalay (21° 56' 12.3"N, 96° 04' 55.4"E) near the RRD warehouses about 2 miles from Mandalay main station, close to the old airport. There is a covered cargo terminal used for manual transhipment to trucks and a yard with an operational gantry crane of 40MT & 16MT capacity, which can handle 20ft and 40ft containers (21° 56' 11.8"N, 96° 05' 12.7"E). Containers are however seldom received.