- The first railroad was opened for service in 1877 under British rule, connecting Rangoon (Yangon) with Prome (Pyay). By 1941, Burma had an extensive rail system, totalling 4,600 kilometers (2,852 miles) of track, including the spectacular Gokteik Viaduct in what is now Shan State, constructed by American engineers between 1899 and 1903. Most rail links were inoperable by the end of World War II, and the system further suffered from the insurgencies and instability of the late 1940s and early 1950s. According to government statistics, Burma's track mileage totalled 5,837 kilometers (3,619 miles) in 1997-1998. There has been construction of new rail links since the State Law and Order Restoration Council seized power in 1988. Like the wartime Thai-Burma Railway, these projects have often involved the use of forced labor.
Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Donald M. Seekins . 2014.
Look at other dictionaries:
Rail transport — Railroad and Railway both redirect here. For other uses, see Railroad (disambiguation). Rail transport is the conveyance of passengers and goods by means of wheeled vehicles specially designed to run along railways or railroads. Rail transport is … Wikipedia
rail transport — noun The transport of passengers and goods by means of wheeled vehicles specially designed to run along railways or railroads … Wiktionary
Rail transport in Christchurch — Rail transport in Christchurch, the largest city in the Canterbury region of New Zealand s South Island, consists of two main trunk railway lines intersecting in the suburb of Addington, carrying mainly long haul freight traffic but also a couple … Wikipedia
Rail transport in Australia — is to a large extent state based. The Australian rail network consists of a total of 33,819 km of track of three major gauges, of which 2,540 km is electrified. Fact|date=March 2008The majority of the Australian railway network infrastructure is… … Wikipedia
Rail transport in Japan — is a major means of passenger transport, especially for mass and high speed travel between major cities and for commuter transport in metropolitan areas.OverviewSix Japan Railways Group (JR) companies, state owned until 1987, provide passenger… … Wikipedia
Rail transport in Singapore — exists in three main types, namely an international rail connection operated by Malaysian company Keretapi Tanah Melayu, a rapid transit system collectively known as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system operated by the two biggest public transport … Wikipedia
Rail transport in Central America — consists of several isolated railroad lines with freight or passenger service. The most famous one is Panama Canal Railway Company, the oldest transcontinental railroad in the world, connecting Panama City with Colón since 1855. Other railroads… … Wikipedia
Rail transport in South Africa — is arguably the most important piece of the country s transportation infrastructure. All major cities are connected by rail, and South Africa s railway system is the most highly developed in Africa. [… … Wikipedia
Rail transport in Queensland — has a long history, with the first line opening in 1865. Today it is the second largest narrow gauge railway network in the world.The first line was surveyed while the colony was still part of New South Wales, but the colony of Queensland had… … Wikipedia
Rail transport in Saudi Arabia — is managed by Saudi Railway Organization. It provides freight service on three main lines, 1018 km total, which connect Riyadh with Persian Gulf port of Dammam. [http://www.saudirailways.org/english/technical information.htm] Their passenger… … Wikipedia