In the course of time, steam Locomotives are getting extinct in the world today. But in Myanmar, about over 20 locos are actions at their service for mankind everyday. This is an opportunity to see them in their action for international steam enthusiasts. I do believe that this opportunity will not last very long. Steam Locos YB/YC/YD were converted to oil firing started around 1962.
The table shown below is working locos in Myanmar;
Meet you at Yangon airport. Transfer to hotel. You will have time to visit around Yangon due to your arrival time. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon - Bago (N/A)
First we will visit Insein Loco Shed (only shed for general overhaul). In the afternoon, drive to Bago (the best steam center of The Country) that will take about an hour and half. We will need to go to Bago train Station to get last information of Locos on the line, especially for stone train. This evening, we will try for locos, which are coming to Bago because operation of Locos is unpredictable. Overnight in Bago.
Day 3: Bago - Kyaikhto (N/A)
Today, we will track to passenger train between Bago and Nyaungkhashe, the distance is 38km. Train departs at 10:30 to Nyaungkhashe with Chimney first. First of tracking is to wait at Kali level- crossing and next Waw station, the third is Abya station where we need to drive off road about 2 miles. Next step to track for stone train along the line between Bago and the last quarry of Zingyaik and we will have to follow in accordance with their location. Stop overnight at Kyaikhto. Kyaikhto is situated in the middle between Bago and Zingyaik quarry.
Day 4: Around Kyaikhto (N/A)
Today again tracking for stone train for another opportunity or we may visit Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) at Kyaikhto. Overnight at Kyaikhto.
Day 5: Kyaikhto - Mawlamein (N/A)
First we will visit Kyaikhto station and drive to Moktama, which is the end rail. There is salt train running between our ways today. Visit Moktama shed and cross to Moulmein. Overnight in Mawlamein.
Day 6: Mawlamein - Bago (N/A)
This morning visit around the town. Afternoon return to Moktama and drive back to Bago.
Overnight in Bago.
Day 7: Bago - Nyaunglaybin (N/A)
This morning, drive to Pyuntasa; return way to Bago and heading north. Driving time take about 5 hours. There is regular passenger loco between 26 km of Pyuntasa - Nyaunglaybin - Madauk. Arrive Pyuntasa and wait for afternoon passenger train departing at 2 PM from Pyuntasa along the line to Madauk but times vary report to report, so exact time is unpredictable. If you would like for riding that we will ride when tender first. Overnight in NyaungLayBin.
Day 8: Nyaunglaybin - Pyinmana (N/A)
Today we will drive heading north again up to Taungoo, 267 km north of Yangon along the main line between Yangon and Mandalay. We may see Steam activity along the way depend on sugar cane harvest. Proceed to Pyinmana-it is another steam center, although all activity depend on the sugar harvest (sugarcane harvest is supposed to be from January to March). Diesel hauls are used for sugarcane as well. Sometime Steam trains terminate and a diesel takes all loads on one train.
Overnight at Pyinmana.
Day 9: Pyinmana - Yangon (N/A)
Return to Yangon, along the way stops at stations to track down sugar trains.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 10: (N/A)
Depend on your flight departure time; you will have time to go around Yangon. Transfer to Airport.