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Yangon Circle Train #1

Let's do an interesting Train Trip!

 

Yangon, the main city of Myanmar [previously known as Burma], has a fairly extensive surface railway network that was mainly built during the time when the country was a colony of Great Britain.

 

The most famous trip available is the Yangon Circle Train...a half-day trip that circles the city clockwise and anticlockwise on dual 1metre tracks. The circle is about 50km circumference, and a complete circle takes about 3 hours...due partly to stopping at 39 stations, but also to very low speed. The trip is popular with locals, as it is a cheap way to get around the city, and trains leave in both directions about once each 20 minutes.

 

I am traveling in the morning, in the company of friends Tim and Koen...would you like to join us?

Yangon Circle Train #1

Let's do an interesting Train Trip!

 

Yangon, the main city of Myanmar [previously known as Burma], has a fairly extensive surface railway network that was mainly built during the time when the country was a colony of Great Britain.

 

The most famous trip available is the Yangon Circle Train...a half-day trip that circles the city clockwise and anticlockwise on dual 1metre tracks. The circle is about 50km circumference, and a complete circle takes about 3 hours...due partly to stopping at 39 stations, but also to very low speed. The trip is popular with locals, as it is a cheap way to get around the city, and trains leave in both directions about once each 20 minutes.

 

I am traveling in the morning, in the company of friends Tim and Koen...would you like to join us?

comments (17)

Right on - I'm game!
Ray: Great! Here is your ticket...
Pas étonnant que ce soit si long avec tous les arrêts qu'il fait.
Ray: Les voyages lents peuvent être fascinants, Martine ... il laisse beaucoup de temps pour observer ce qui se passe autour de vous.
Pas étonnant que ce soit si long avec tous les arrêts qu'il fait.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 4 Sep 2017, 05:55
Heck I really would like to join you!

Nice to see the Brits did some good in the place..
Ray: Welcome, Chris.

Actually...most colonial experiences were more negative than positive, and I think that applies to Burma/Myanmar.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Sep 2017, 06:05
Well done on the Brits. Metre gauge railways are fine for me; anything less than standard gauge is perfect. This sounds like a good trip so I'm up for me.
Ray: Metre gauge seems about right for most situations, Alan...and rail gauge standardisation makes sense. Welcome aboard.
Yes, of course, Ray! This will be fun. But where are the wheels????? What's all that "stuff" underneath?????
Ray: The wheels are behind all that stuff...the stuff may be fuel tanks, water tanks, gensets, diesel engines, air-con units...
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Sep 2017, 06:39
That sounds like a great idea and what a great way to travel. Did you go for the Golden Roast and coffee mix??
Ray: As you will see, Astrid...the hunt for decent coffee was mainly forlorn.
Super , j'arrive , cela me plairait bien de découvrir ce circuit de 50kms avec 39 arrets ..
Bonne journée Ray
Ray: Bienvenue, Claudine. Voici votre ticket. Rendez-vous confortable car le voyage est certainement long et lent.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 4 Sep 2017, 07:24
I certainly would, Ray - what a luxury this is to have a train which services so many parts of a city
Ray: The Circle Train is a good concept, Lisl. Make yourself comfortable.
All aboard I say
Ray: Good Man, Bill. And, have your camera read as there should be plenty to see.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 4 Sep 2017, 08:15
I'll hop on with ye Ray, but it looks more like getting on to a bus.
Ray: Not so much difference twixt bus and train, Chad...both are public mass transport vehicles, but one runs on fixed rails and should therefore be safer...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Sep 2017, 10:55
Ray: I made this trip to Myanmar in 2014, Louis...at that time the Military Junta was still in control, but change was in the air. There was not much sign of spending to upgrade ancient public infrastructure, but the people seemed more relaxed than when I was last there in 2007

Now there has been elections, and the Junta has given up a lot of power. There is quite a lot of foreign investment going on, and multi-nationals are hoping to make a lot of money as the country of 50million people upgrades and transforms.

There is still a war going on in the North of the country, and some Buddhist extremists are turning the Northwest into hell for the Rohingha people. Myanmar will have massive growing pains.

Yangon [formerly Rangoon] is quite stable, and we felt no concerns about walking about the streets...even at night...you will be safe with me on this train journey.
Goes without saying this will be a pictorial train ride I'm bound to enjoy.
Ray: Climb aboard, Brian...bring Maureen with you, as she is sure to enjoy the things my camera will highlight.
I am used seeing the wheels and tracks. I'll jump on with you.
Ray: There should be interesting things to see as we crawl along, Mary.
I'm sure we'll enjoy the ride, Ray. smile
Ray: I am glad to have your company, Tom.
i would love to join you and your friends on the Yangon Circle Train Ray....petersmile
Ray: Welcome aboard, Peter.
i was not aware they had air conditioned coaches, Ray.

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