MYANMA Railways put a rail service with a modern train imported from China into commission on the Yangon-Pyay route yesterday.
The modern train will run along the route as the 71-Up and the 72-Down trains. The estimated time for the duration of the trip between two destinations is 8 hrs 30 minutes, with 13 stops.
The ceremony to launch the service with the modern train was held at Yangon Railways Station at 12.40 pm yesterday. Union Minister for Rail Transportation U Nyan Tun Aung was present as well as Deputy Minister U Myint Thein, the speaker and deputy speaker of the Yangon Region Hluttaw and the Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar.
The 71-Up train will detpart Yangon Railways Station at 1 pm and will arrive Pyay Station at 9 pm while the 72 Down train will leave Pyay at 11.30 pm and
will arrive Yangon at 7.30 am the next day.
The locomotive of the modern train costs $1.5 million and each car cots US$ 400,000.
Myanma Railways is building a factory in Nay Pyi Taw to build new coaches and to assemble locomotives.
Soe Win (MLA)