Steam Loco in Service

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 YB YC YD ST
Date of build 1947/48 1932 1929 1948 
 Wheel arrangement 4-6-2 4-6-2 2-8-2 2-6-4 
 Date put into use in Myanmar 1947/48 1947/48 1949/50 1947/48 
 Used as Local Mail / Express Goods Shunting / Local 
 Maker's name Vulcan Foundry. Skoda Loco Works Czech. Swiss Loco, Works. Robert Stephen's & Hawthorns Co. Ltd 
 Number 508, 520, 529, 532, 533, 543, 536 621, 622, 623, 624, 626, 627, 629, 630 961, 962, 964, 965, 967, 969, 970, 972, 973, 974 754 

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