Myanma Railways with more than 100 years of experience must have capability to build locomotives, carriages and wagons at home: Senior General

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Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister of the State Senior General Min Aung Hlaing yesterday afternoon inspected the New Locomotive Assembling Factory (Nay Pyi Taw) of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Branch under Myanma Railways of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Nay Pyi Taw Railway Station in Pobbathiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw Council Area.
At the New Locomotive Assembling Factory (Nay Pyi Taw), the Senior General was welcomed by members of the State Administration Council Admiral Tin Aung San and Lt-Gen Moe Myint Tun, Council Secretary Lt-Gen Aung Lin Dwe, Chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council Dr Maung Maung Naing, Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command Maj-Gen Zaw Hein and officials.
At the meeting hall, Union Minister Admiral Tin Aung San and officials reported to the Senior General on a brief history of Myanma Railways, duty and functions, the appointment of service personnel at factories and departments, running of trains across the nation and further plans, construction of new railways, the building of carriages and wagons and maintenance, upgrade of rail tracts, matters related to New Locomotive Assembling Factory (Nay Pyi Taw), preparation to build the Railway Museum, and implementation of the guidance given by the Senior General on his tour of Myanma Railway’s Carriage and Wagon Factory (Myitnge) on 18 May 2021.
Speaking on the occasion, the Senior General said rail transportation plays a crucial role in State’s transport facilities. Priority must be given to the maintenance of railways with the inspection of each railway. Bad railways may cause damage to carriages and delay travelling. Emphasis must be placed on the maintenance of railways for the long run meeting the set standard. It is necessary to upgrade the Yangon-Pyay railway, the first facility of its kind, to the electric railway under the long-term plan but the immediate one. The Senior General stressed the need to consider the designs of building the river-crossing railway bridges in the double bridge design or parallel bridge design by taking lessons from the past wrong events.
The steamed locomotives to be used in the tourism industry must be driven with the use of quality coal. Railways must be good and beautified to create scenic beauties for the train passengers whereas it is necessary to carry out neatness and tidiness inside the carriages. Myanma Railways with more than 100 years of experience must have the capability to build locomotives, carriages and wagons at home. The development of a country primarily requires research and development. Myanma Railways needs to establish a research and development centre related to rail transportation. It is necessary to consider the construction of electric locomotives in the future. In so doing, upgrading tasks must be carried out at the small locomotives for the future plan.
The Senior General and party viewed round assembling and decoration of passenger carriages and ordinary locomotives, the building of new locomotives and completed locomotives at the factory.
On arrival at the Nay Pyi Taw Railway Station, the Senior General and party inspected the preparations to build the Railway Museum.
After hearing the reports, the Senior General pointed that as ancient locomotives are displayed outside the museum, they will face damage in impacts of climates in the long run. So, these locomotives should be put on display inside the museum building. It is necessary to systematical arrange the designs of museums suitable for Myanmar after observing the railway stations of foreign countries. The Senior General also instructed officials to strictly supervise disciplines of the Myanma Railways for all the people to be free from dangers not only in the station yard but along the railroads.
The New Locomotive Assembling Factory (Nay Pyi Taw) was built as of 1 June 2015 for contributing to the functions of the Locomotive Factory (Insein) and the Diesel Locomotive Factory (Ywa Htaung) and extension of repairing necessary diesel locomotives. Its construction tasks were completed in April 2018. The factory successfully manufactured its first-ever locomotive DF2093 on 17 September 2018. The factory assembled 10 new locomotives in the 2018-2019 financial year. —MNA

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