Work starts on Mandalay – Kunming study

 

News article: Work starts on Mandalay – Kunming study

A joint team of local and Chinese engineers has started work on ground surveys to finalise the alignment for the planned 431 km rail link from Mandalay to the Chinese border at Muse.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
China now looking to build rail into Burma from the north with SG and electrification.  I wonder now if this will place any pressure in the proposed re-linking of Burma and Thailand?

The rail line being surveyed for build will have a freight speed of 160 km.h.

Inland rail should have been working to these faster standards i had hoped.

Work starts on Mandalay – Kunming study

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  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
China now looking to build rail into Burma from the north with SG and electrification.  I wonder now if this will place any pressure in the proposed re-linking of Burma and Thailand?

Inland rail should have been working to these faster standards i had hoped.

Work starts on Mandalay – Kunming study
"bevans"


China is building railways in Africa to "Chinese standards", which are heavy weight similar to America and Russia, probably with the addition of "double stacking". Presumable the same kind of standards will apply to any new link to Myanma. To begin with there would be a break of gauge hub somewhere near the China-Myanma border, with future extensions of the SG to  the capital and ports of Myanma.

The metre gauge loading gauge of Myanma is quite small.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The break of gauge in this project is the capital Mandalay from the reading of the article.  I assume there would be transhipping of gauge at that point for both inbound and outbound to China.  

This is really becoming quite exciting and the speeds will help a lot.

I also believe there could be scope for Euro-Asian goods to come into Burma via this new link.  Thoughts?
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney

I also believe there could be scope for Euro-Asian goods to come into Burma via this new link.  Thoughts?
"bevans"


Saves time and piracy in the long and narrow Malacca straits. Some alternative ports in Thailand and Malaysia.

Depends of financing:
* loan which has to be repaid
* gift which does not
* combination of loan and gift
  RedEyeExpress Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Mandalay is quite central to the country and I'd guess it makes sense as a hub, for break-of-gauge and otherwise. Having a direct link to China seems consistent with Mynanmar's longstanding dependence on its big northern neighbour for trucks, buses, motorcycles, consumer goods, tourism and trade generally, especially in the face of sanctions imposed by Western countries.

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