Gate Keeper's Flag
As fast as a metre gauge train can run the stone train from Zingyaik runs over the main road level crossing close to Abya, well protected by massive gates.
The local transport in Myanmar (Burma) can be very traditional. As our charter train reached the station all of a sudden two oxen carts with rice sacks came from a pat... (more)
Travelling like hobos in an open freight wagon is required when a freight train should look 100% authentic and there are not sufficient seats in the guard's van. But it's f... (more)
Boarding the Train
This is how the FarRail group boarded the freight train. To make the train looking 100% authentic we didn't add any passenger coaches to the train and travelle... (more)
Honing the Saw Blade
In a tiny, local saw mill the workman pauses from sharpening the saw blade as the steam train passes by.
Before sunrise an empty stone train approaches the station Zingyaik. Usually stones will be loaded here and will be brought to the construction sites in Yangon. Our ... (more)
Palm Tree Alley
Coconut palm trees seaming the line near Hninpale, a minor station on the secondary main line Mottama - Bago. The train has to master a gradient here.
Once the sun set you often think it's over with photography. Not so on January 12th, 2018. About 15 minutes after sunset the before dreary sky turned purple and enab... (more)
Family in Bamboo Hut
Many people in Burma can't afford to live in stone houses. Bamboo houses and huts are still very common. Here a family in such a bamboo hut next to the high ... (more)
A man from the track gang hammered nails in sheet steel angles although the train is approaching.
Burmese children and women are often adorned with Thanaka, a traditional decorative makeup. Thanaka is obtained from grinding the bark of thanakha trees, growing in this ... (more)
Around Zingyaik are several quarries, the largest of them operated by prisoners. The ladies and men who load the stons onto the wagons are freelancer, but their w... (more)
After long negotiations we were allowd to load some wagons of our charter freight train with stones from the quallries around Zingyaik. The leaf springs... (more)
"Alcohol is the Mother of all Evil"
... reads the board in the small locoshed of Mottama.
Steam and Pagodas FarRail tour 2018