This is my third reportage on Yangon’s “circle line” or “ring train”. The Yangon Circle line circumnavigates Myanmar’s largest city, on a 46 Kilometer, 39 station route that connects Yangon’s satellite towns. The system is heavily utilized by the local populace, selling about 150,000 tickets daily, providing cheap transportation for Burmese and an interesting and engaging cultural immersion for the few intrepid adventurers who hop aboard. The ring train is also a unique opportunity for those interested in “visual story telling”. It costs just one US dollar for foreign nationals and 200 Kyats (about 23 cents) for locals.
Several times a day, the ring train departs from Yangon’s central railway station and slowly proceeds along its three-hour circle route of Yangon, stopping frequently to pick up and deposit passengers on its many stops.
While it’s neither a comfortable journey nor easy subject matter to photograph, the ring train offers a photographic challenge and a travel experience that shouldn’t be missed if you have about 4 hours to spare while in Yangon.
The photographs that I will share here are from a 3 hour journey on the train, and an additional 30 minutes “working” train cars that were stationary and waiting to depart the Yangon station.
If you wish to view my previous two photo stories about the “Circle line” (one including a multimedia piece the other just photos) and a more comprehensive blog post about the journey, wonderfully crafted by Ursula Wall, just click the appropriate link and enjoy.