Sittang Valley State Railway

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Sittang Valley State Railway
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Line of route
Rangoon to Mandalay
Gauge / mileage
Metre gauge
1884 First section opened to traffic
Key locations
Presidency Bengal, Burma
Stations Kyaukse, Mandalay, Myohaung, Pegu, Pyuntaza, Rangoon, Thazi, Toungoo, Yamethin
System agency
1896-1928 Worked by Burma Railway
How to interpret this infobox

Sittang Valley State Railway, the northern extension was also recorded as Tounghoo-Mandalay Railway.

The Sittang Valley State Railway (SVSR) was the second line to be constructed in Burma also to metre gauge (MG) standards. The first being the Irrawaddy Valley State Railway (IVSR), which had opened in 1877.

Sittang Valley State Railway

The SVSR, shown in Green on map, from Rangoon to Mandalay and the bank of the Irawaddy River, total 388 miles(624km), was completed in Apr 1889. It opened in stages reaching Toungoo, 166 miles(267km), in 1885; a further 108 miles(174km) to Yamethin in 1888; and a further 114 miles(183km) to reach Mandalay and the Irawaddy River in 1889 [1]


The line of the SVSR ran from Rangoon 166 miles along the Sittang River via Pegu to Toungoo. Opened in 1884, the line acquired considerable strategic importance the following year at the outbreak of the 3rd Burma War.

With the conclusion of the war and the annexation of Upper Burma, the SVSR was extended from Toungoo to Mandalay, opening in 1889. This section is described in some records as the ‘Tounghoo-Mandalay Railway

In 1896, management of the SVSR passed to the newly formed ’Burma Railway Company’.


Although there do not appear to be any SVSR staff records held in the India Office Records at the British Library, the names of staff transferred to the successor company may appear in Burma Railway records.

Later History

The SVSR was merged with other State railways in 1896 to form the Burma State Railway (BR):-.

Further Information

See Burma Railway