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.
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.
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.
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.
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