In pictures: A quiet commute on Yangon’s new tram


On Tuesday morning, two days after the service triumphantly re-launched, Yangon’s new tram line was quiet.

A few passengers sat on the leather seats, at times almost outnumbered by the staff – two drivers, two mechanics, two helpers and three policemen. 

It looks like the new service, the result of a $3 million deal between Myanma Railways and West Corporation, has had a slow start.

The route, along Strand Road, is the same as the one that was operated throughout the colonial-era. Trams hadn’t plyed the route for decades until Sunday when the electric service was officially opened.

Photos by Aung Naing Soe.


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