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Old November 22nd, 2010, 04:33 PM   #1
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MYANMAR/BURMA | High Speed Rail

China, Myanmar plan high-speed rail link

Beijing, Nov 22 : China and Myanmar will soon hold discussions on a high-speed rail link between the two countries that is expected to boost trade and economic development in the region, a media report said Monday.

The rail link, covering 1,920 km, will connect China's Kunming
city, the capital of Yunnan province, with Myanmar's largest city Yangon.

The talks will begin in about two months, said Wang Mengshu, a rail expert with the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

The trains will run at a speed of 170-200 kmph once the link is completed, he added.

Wang, who is also a professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, has been involved in high-speed rail projects in China.
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 04:38 PM   #2
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awesome!
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 05:19 PM   #3
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China, Myanmar plan high-speed rail link

Beijing, Nov 22 : China and Myanmar will soon hold discussions on a high-speed rail link between the two countries that is expected to boost trade and economic development in the region, a media report said Monday.

The rail link, covering 1,920 km, will connect China's Kunming
city, the capital of Yunnan province, with Myanmar's largest city Yangon.
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The trains will run at a speed of 170-200 kmph once the link is completed, he added.
And Kunming-Vientiane-Bangkok railway shall allow 200 km/h.

Shall China also build any high speed railways through Myanmar such as Yangon-Bangkok, Mandalay-Chittagong or Myanmar-Assam?
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 05:34 PM   #4
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Wow, that would be an interesting thing to see...I just hope that if/when they do this, the government won't impose some retarded restrictions, like when they made all Myanmar trains day-only, thus negating a big time saving offered by sleeper trains between Yangon and Mandalay.

As for trains between Thailand and Myanmar, I think they can only come thru the Three Pagodas Pass, which would only open if the Burmese government can work something out with the rebels in that part of the border...

So many IFs
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Old November 24th, 2010, 01:49 AM   #5
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And Wang Menshu is China's chief high speed rail fantasist, responsible for all those breathless articles about high speed trains from London to Beijing.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 05:15 PM   #6
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An interesting fiction.

I've traveled around Burma this past winter. Rangoon, the capital, has neither a stable electricity supply, nor reliable internet. The provinces are charming, but benighted. Perhaps for this reason China thinks it may do whatever it wishes there, particularly in the north. It somehow seems to me that British colonialism may have been a better option for Burma.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #7
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And Wang Menshu is China's chief high speed rail fantasist, responsible for all those breathless articles about high speed trains from London to Beijing.
While London-Beijing requires getting a lot of governments involved, Thailand and Laos do take Kunming-Bangkok railway seriously.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 06:01 AM   #8
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Not so much on HSR but I don't see the need to start a generic railways thread for Myanmar at this time.

Myanmar to promote railway sector with loans from China, India
Updated: 2012-02-16 10:40
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YANGON - The Myanmar railway authorities are making efforts to boost the railway sector of the country with loans from China and India, a local media reported Wednesday.

For the coming fiscal year 2012-13 starting April, $155 million of loans obtained from the two neighbors will be used in purchasing new goods wagon, locomotives and passenger coaches from these countries to replace the outdated ones, said the Popular News.

Better services will be offered along with the increase of train fare, a railway official was quoted as saying.

Besides China and India, Myanmar has also been purchasing locomotives from France, Germany and Japan.

According to an earlier report, the state-run Myanmar Railway was operating 27 locomotive repairing factories, 52 passenger coach maintaining factories, and the Myit Nge passenger coach and goods wagon factory.

With about 130,000 passengers depending on rail transport in Yangon daily, the city circular trains are running about 200 rounds a day.

Of the various types of trains running in Myanmar, there are 1, 252 passenger coaches, of which four-decade-old ones accounted for 32 percent. Of the 3,311 goods wagons, 40-year-old ones took 56 percent and out of 386 locomotives, 30-year-old ones represented 47 percent.

According to statistics, the length of Myanmar's railroad has reached 5,726 kilometers (km) with 2,844 km more under construction.

Meanwhile, 475 km more railways are set to be implemented in the future, aimed at narrowing the development gap between the urban and rural areas and promoting socio-economic development.

Myanmar has steadily expanded its railway network in the last two decades, from 3,161 km in 1988 to 5,403 km in 2010.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 11:25 PM   #9
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I don't see how this intention will come to lowering the country's abominable highway fatalities
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 06:04 PM   #10
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Great news but .............
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 06:52 AM   #11
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I hope so too....
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