Myanmar imports more locomotives to help facilitate rail transportation 2009-01-20 11:44:55   Print

    YANGON, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar has imported 20 more diesel locomotives from China to help facilitate the country's rail transportation, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday.

    Of the 20 locomotives of 2,000 horse power imported by the state-run Myanmar Railways (MR), 14 will be used in place of the old ones running between Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, between Yangon and Mandalay, and between Yangon and Mawlamyine, while the remaining six between Mandalay and Lashio, the report said.

    According to the report, Myanmar totally imported 96 diesel locomotives from abroad since 1988 when the government took office, of which 55 were from China, while the rest from India.

    Official statistics shows that the length of railroads and railtracks in Myanmar has extended up to 5,031.29 kilometers (km) and 6,549.26 km, increasing 59 percent and 46 percent respectively in the past 21 years' period.

    There were 3,162.16 km of railroads and 4,470.17 km rail tracks nationwide before 1988 and the MR has built 1,868 km of new railroads and 2,079 km of rail tracks in the whole country since 1988.

    The passenger trains has increased to 379 from 229 and freight trains to 18 from 17, the figures indicate.

    There are 805 railway stations in the whole country now, an increase of 318 from before 1988 when there were only 487.

    According to official statistics, the number of passengers rail-transported in the country in a day stood at over 100,000. 

Editor: Fang Yang
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