Southern Shan States Railway

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The Southern Shan States Railway was a metre gauge(MG) branch of the Burma Railway(BR), 87 miles (139 km) in length. [1]

The line was opened in stages from 1912 to 1914 when a line was built from Thazi on the Rangoon-Mandalay section of BR to Kalaw, a hill station in the hills of the Southern Shan State; a line length of 62 miles(99km) [2] [3].

The line was later to be extended to Yawnghwe, giving a total length of 109 miles(174km)[1].


An on-line search of the India Office Records (IOR) records held at the British Library relating to this railway [4] gives several entries, the most relevant as follows: -

  • L/F/8/20/1615; “Burma Railways Company Limited, Contract for working of Southern Shan States Railway”; 24 May 1921
  • L/F/7/2164; “ Collection 370/9: Railways: Miscellaneous: Burma Railways, contract for the working of the Southern Shan States Railway”; 1920-22

Further Information

See Burma Railway