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A press briefing on the introduction of the Yan­gon-Kyaikhto-Yangon special express train was held on September 3′ morning at the Sakhantha Hall special guest room at the Yangon Railway Station. The Yangon-Kyaikhto-Yan­gon special express train will begin running on Septem­ber 7th.

U Tun Aung Thin, general manager for Lower Myan­mar of Myanma Railways, said thus: “The Yan­gon-Kyaikhto Down No. 1 train will start operating on September 7th, while the Kyaikhto-Yangon Up No.2 train will run on September 8th. After that, both No.1 and No.2 trains will run respec­tively on Saturdays and Sun­days on a regular basis with six trains. These trains have been introduced to facilitate the visits to Kyaikhtiyoe Pa­goda by both local pilgrims and foreign tourists. We have also arranged with the Kyaikhto bus association so that they could travel from Kyaikhto to Kinpoon Sakhan (way station) at the foot of Kyaikhtiyoe mountain. It is learnt that the one-way fare is Ks.3500 for locals and US$ 10 for foreign nationals.

It is learnt that each train will have five carriages with a seating capacity of 332 passengers. All carriages will have only upper class seats. The trains are RBE P 50.29 (1 Cab) bought from Japan. It is learnt that security mea­sures, especially for the safe­ty of foreign nationals, have been installed and each train will have 13 attendants and engineers.

Source: The Traveller Journal