Indian Railways delivers 18 locomotives to Myanmar

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The handover ceremony for the final locomotive was held Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar's capital city, on March 19. Photo: Indian Railways.
The handover ceremony for the final locomotive was held Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar's capital city, on March 19. Photo: Indian Railways.

Myanmar Railways has received 18 diesel-electric locomotives from Indian Railways’ export arm RITES.

The 1350 horsepower locomotives have been built at Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, India, and customised to run on Myanmar’s railways.

They can operate at a maximum speed of 100km/h and are described as “extremely fuel efficient” by Indian Railways.


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The full delivery was expected by September, meaning the order has been completed six months ahead of schedule.

Burmese transport minister Thant Sin Maung said that he hoped the two countries could build on their cooperation and aimed to accept an offer from Indian Railways for signalling and telecommunication training.

A statement on Indian Railways’ website said that the two countries have been cooperating in the rail sector for more than 20 years.


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