While running an RBE (Rail Bus Engine) service for local and foreign travelers to visit the Gokteik Viaduct in northern Myanmar, the Myanma Railways has a plan to tender out other tourism services at the site to private companies.
Myanma Railways has opened the RBE service which can carry up to 50 people due to the increasing number of native visitors as well as tourists to Gokteik.
“The RBE vehicle will run slowly across the Gokhteik viaduct in order for passengers to have the best chance to take in the view. The train stops at both ends of the viaduct. The trip takes around 10 minutes. The trip costs K5,000 per person”, said U Kyaw Kyaw Myo, deputy manager of the Passenger Business Department, Myanma Railway.
The Gokteik viaduct is recognised as the “The World’s Largest Trestle” and was
built by the Pennsylvania
Maryland Bridge & Construction Co. Ltd in 1930. The construction period was nine months and the entire project came in at a cost of £113, 200. A total of 4,300 tonnes of metal was used in its construction.
Myanma Railways has prohibited the walking tours along the world famous Gokteik Viaduct to maintain its durability and ensure safety among tourists.
The Gokhteik viaduct situated near Nawnhkio station on Mandalay-Lashio railway line was constructed in 1899. It is 2260-foot long.
Myanma Railways is also arranging to provide local and foreign visitors with special tours to the side.
Aung Thant Khaing