Steam locomotive brings back colonial-era memories to tourists

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Tourists taking pictures the World War II steam locomotive on the railroad near Nay Pyi Taw. 
Photo: U Thet Lwin

Tourists from Germany, Japan, and Switzerland are currently taking a joyride on a World War II steam locomotive on the railroad section between Nay Pyi Taw and Bago.
The train carrying 24 tourists aged 70-90 left Nay Pyi Taw on 11 December and reached Madauk yesterday.
“They wanted to see the train made during the British age. They wanted to watch the smoke coming out of the chimney of the locomotive and take photos to show others when they return home” said U Aung Tun O0, the driver of the locomotive.
The train completed the journey to Madauk in Nyaunglaybin Township, Bago Region, in three legs, Nay Pyi Taw-Toungoo, Toungoo-Pyuntasa, and Pyuntasa-Madauk. The trip will end in Bago after three more legs.
There are 35 steam locomotives in Myanmar. Among them, only three locomotives are running. This is the second time the steam locomotive has been operated in Myanmar in 2018.

 

—U Thet Lwin
(Translated by JT)

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