• Trains old and new in Myanmar

    Trains old and new in Myanmar



    The railways in Myanmar (formerly Burma) are being slowly modernised with assistance from Japan, in particular.  The state railway retains a handful of operational steam locos, although many more are plinthed or stored at depots.  Some of the older and once common place Alsthom-built diesel locos have been replaced in regular service by 48 second-…

  • Ethiopia’s metre-gauge survivors

    Ethiopia’s metre-gauge survivors



    DESPITE opening a new electrified main line in 2016, parts of the old metre-gauge Chemin de Fer Djibouto-Éthiopien still appear to have some operational trains, although passenger services on the full route ceased in 2008.  The metre-gauge line was opened between Addis Ababa and Djibouti in stages from 1902, and completed in 1917. It was…

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