As fewer passengers travel by train during the Thingyan water festival, some of the train services will not run until the festival is over. The train services will resume their normal schedules after Thingyan, Mandalay Railway Station Master U Nyein Maung said.
Train maintenance will be carried out during Thingyan from April 14 to 16.
“Express trains will not operate for three days from April 14 to 16. Most passengers and workers returning to their hometown travel before Thingyan. Only those who have urgent matters travel during Thingyan. That is why we will stop some train services to carry out maintenance work.
“However, not all the train services will be canceled. The regular thrice-daily train between Yangon and Mandalay will only run twice on those days,” said U Nyein Maung.
Trains that will not run are the Yangon-Mandalay (5 up, 6 down), Yangon-Mawlamyine (35 up, 36 down), Mandalay-Myitkyina (37 up, 38 down) (57 up, 58 down), Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw (7 up, 8 down), Yangon-Bagan (61 up, 62 down), Yangon-Pyay (71 up, 72 down), all rail bus engine (RBE) trains and short distance trains.
There will be additional special train services for the period before Thingyan as many workers travel back home.
Starting from April 8, trains with two railway carriages are expected to run on the Yangon-Mandalay and Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw routes, U Nyein Maung added.
“We have arranged special trains with two wagons which travel both outbound and return routes. Although we have not held an official meeting on the matter, we hope to start the services on April 8,” he added.
– Translation by Swe Zin Moe