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Southern Shan States Railway

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c.1912 Line constructed in the Shan States, 87 miles long.

The main climb of the Southern Shan States line is at 1 in 25, with four reversing stations and a spiral, or complete loop; an almost continuous climb of 1 in 25 over sixteen miles. There are very heavy engineering works almost throughout the first, or Yinmabin Ghat, and onwards up the main climb to Myndaik — 4,600 ft. above sea-level — near Kalaw, where beautiful plateau country is reached. Kalaw, with its pine-clad hills, was a hill station favoured by Europeans. From Kalaw the next twenty miles are undulating. There follows a final steep fall, known as the Heho Ghat, to the terminus near the Inle Lake. The engineering work is again heavy here and involves a second spiral in the course of the 800 ft. descent. Taunggyi, the headquarters of the Federation of the Shan States, is not far beyond the terminus, and stands over 5,000 ft. above sea-level; here, too, the country is delightful. The traffic on this line is light and is now worked by the Garratt engines.[1]

Now the Southern Shan States branch of Burma Railways

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Sources of Information

  1. Apparently from a 1935 publication but name and details unknown
  • [1] Hill Lines of India