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The Arakan Flotilla Company, Buthedaing
Gauge: 2'6"

			4wPMR			(DC		554		1914
						(Bg		554		1914	(a)

(a) probably used on the Arakan Light Railwayi



Myanma Badwin Corporation

In 1907 the Burma Mines Railway and Smelting Co built a 2'0" gauge line from their lead ore mine at Badwin south-east 
wards to Manpwe on the MG BR line from Mandalay to Lashio which was completed in 1903. This would enable them to transport 
the ore to their smelting works in Madalay. The mines were old silver workings of the Chinese which had been abandoned some 
centuries before when the water level had been reached; the lead slag remained after extraction of the silver had been left
at the site and was estimated to total at least 150,000 tons.

The line was 51 miles long and was completed in December 1909 with regular train services commencing in January 1910. From 
Manpwe to Nam Tu, 39 miles, the ruling gradient was 1 in 38 but from there to the terminus the figure was 1 in 27; the 
minimum radius of curves was 128ft. Second hand 411/2-lb MG rails from BR were used as far as Nam Tu where the workshops 
were established, but the final section had new 30lb steel rails. An inspection report in 1911 stated that the Company was 
transferring their smelting works to Nam Tu; that the sanctioned speed on the line had been increased from 8 to 10 miles per 
hour and that consideration was being given to carrying passengers. No such service has been noted in timetables. From about 
1921 the company became the Burma Corporation Limited.ii 

Located in the Shan State. Renamed Myanma Mining Corporation. Lead mines are located at Badwin, with the smelting plant at 
Namtu. It joins BR's Lashio line at Namyao. For much of the 45 miles of its route, it follows the River Storn. There are 26 
steam locos, a number of diesel trolleys and electric traction at the mines.iii

Gauge: 

			4wBE			CE		4743.A		1963	(a)
			4wBE			CE		4743.B		1963	(a)
			4wBE			CE		4743.C		1963	(a)
			4wBE			CE		4743.D		1963	(a)
			4wBE			CE		5820.A		1970				
			4wBE			CE		B0470.A		1975
			4wBE			CE		B0470.B		1975

(a) supplied via Burma Mines Ltd, London

Gauge: 2'0"

1			0-4-2T			D Kerr				1907 	(a)
2			0-4-2T			D Kerr				1907 	(a)
3			0-4-2T			D Kerr				1907 	(a)
4			0-4-2T			D Kerr				1907 	(a)
5			0-4-2T			D Kerr				1907 	(a)
6			0-4-2ST			JF		5942		1891 	(b)
7			0-6-0			NB		18672		1908 	(a)
8			0-6-0			NB		18673		1908 	(a)
9			0-6-0			NB		18674		1908 	(a)
10			0-4-0ST			KS				1904 	(c)
11			0-4-2ST			KS		1264		1914
12			0-4-2T			KS		1284		1913
13			0-4-2T			KS		2383		1914
14			0-4-2ST			KS		1288		1915
15			0-4-2ST			KS		1289		1915
16			0-6-0			NB		21105		1915
17			0-6-0			NB		21106		1915
18			0-6-0			NB		21107		1915
19			0-6-0T			OK		2876		1908	(d)
20			0-6-0T			OK		2877		1908 	(d)
21			0-4-0WT			OK		4350		1910 	(e)
22			0-4-2T			Nam Tu					(f)
23			4-6-0T			HE		1326		1918	(g)
24			4-6-0T			HE		1325		1918 	(h)
25			4-6-0T			HE		1327		1918 	(i)
26			2-6-2			WB		2164		1922
27			2-6-2			WB		2165		1922
28			2-6-2			WB		2179		1922
29			0-4-0WT			AB		1731		1921 	(j)
30			0-4-2ST			KS		4281		1923
31			0-4-2ST			KS		4282		1923
32			0-4-2T			KS		4139		1924
33			0-4-2T			KS		4140		1924
34			0-4-2T			KS		4141		1924
35			2-6-2			WB		2251		1925	(k)
36			2-6-2			WB		2252		1925	(k)
37			2-6-2			WB		2253		1925 	(k)
38			0-4-2T			KS		4142		1926
39			0-4-2T			KS		4385		1926
40			0-4-2T			KS		4393		1927
41			2-6-2			WB		2322		1927
42			2-6-2			WB		2338		1928
43			0-4-2T			KS		4410		1928
44			0-4-2T			KS		4410		1928
45			2-6-2T			WB		2378		1928
46			2-6-2T			WB		2379		1928
47			2-6-2T			WB		2380		1928
1			B-B-B-B?E		GE		8046		1920
2			B-B-B-B?E		GE		8047		1920
3			B-B-B-B?E		GE		8048		1920
			4w?E			BLW		53929		1920
			4w?E			BLW		53930		1920
			4w?E			BLW		57734		1924
			4w?E			BLW		60156		1927

(a) Rebuilt to 0-4-2ST in 1930.
(b) Acquired in 1907. Supplied to Shevbo Mining Syndicate.
(c) Origin unknown.
(d) Acquired from Singapore, original owner unknown.
(e) Acquired from Burmah Stone Co, Rangoon.
(f) Built at Nam Tu Works of the BMR using parts supplied by D Kerr as spares.
(g) ex WD, No 2354
(h) ex WD, No 2353
(i) ex WD, No 2355
(j) Supplied via Parry & Co
(k) Rebuilt as 2-6-2T.

It is assumed that all of the following locos were supplied by the named organisations for the Burma Mines Co.: -

Mining Development, Rangoon
Gauge: 600mm

			0-4-0DMF			HE		6274		1965
			0-4-0DMF			HE		6275		1965
			0-4-0DMF			HE		6284		1965


Mining Corporation, Rangoon
Gauge: 610mm

			6wDH			OK		26891		1979
			6wDH			OK		26892		1979
			6wDH			OK		26895		1979
			6wDH			OK		26896		1979
			6wDH			OK		26897		1979
			6wDH			OK		26898		1979
			6wDH			OK		26899		1979
			6wDH			OK		26900		1979
			6wDH			OK		26944		1979
			6wDH			OK		26945		1979

Material Resource Development Corporation, Rangoon
Gauge: 2'0"

			4wDH			HE		5690
			4wDH			HE		5691


Burma Supply Organisation
Gauge: MG

NHB 1			0-6-0T			RSH		7843		1955
NHB 2			0-6-0T			RSH		7844		1955


Burmah Oil Co, Syriam
Gauge: 3'0"

4			0-6-0ST			AB		1177		1909
5 SYRIAM		0-4-0ST			AB		1569		1918
6			0-4-0ST			AB		1698		1920
7			0-4-0ST			AB		1699		1920
			4wDM			HE		1719		1933
			4wDM			RH		179886		1936	
			0-4-0DM			JF		21705		1937
			0-4-0DM			JF		21706		1937
			4wDM			RH		201868		1939
			0-4-0DMF		JF		22875		1940
			4wDM			RH		458591		1961

Burmah Oil's known numbered 3'0" gauge locomotives start at No 4. Only three 3'0" were imported into the sub-continent prior
to 1909 to unknown final destinations. These were

WINDSOR	0-4-0IST		WB		1092	1889	delivered to Kerr Stuart
		0-4-2ST(?)	JF		6520	1892	delivered to Calcutta
		0-4-0T		Jung		585	1902	delivered to A Koppel

I would therefore suggest that these three locos were Burmah Oil Nos. 1-3, the WB being No 1, the JF No 2 and the Jung No 3.

Steel Brothers of Rangoon imported two 3'0" gauge locomotives to Burma. They were

		2 truck		Heisler		1486	1923
		0-6-0WT		AB		1963	1929

As Burmah Oil is the only known 3'0" gauge system in Burma, I would conclude that these two locos worked at Syriam.
	

Gauge: MG

			4wDM			RH		236365		1946
			4wDM			RH		237925		1946	(a)
			4wDM			RH		237926		1946	(a)

(a) supplied to Burmah Oil, Construction & Maintenance Plant, Duneedaw Interregnum


Burmah Stone Co, Rangoon
Gauge: 2'0"

			0-4-0T			OK		4350		1910	(1)

(1) Sold to Burma Mines Railway.	


Chawndi Sugar
Gauge: 2'6"

			0-4-0ST			WB		2098		1920


Irrawady Flotilla Co, Rangoon
Gauge: 

			4wDM			RH		187126		1937
			4wDM			RH		187127		1937

Gauge: 2'0"

			4wDM			RH		186341		1937
			4wDM			RH		186344		1937
			4wDM			RH		191648		1938
			4wDM			RH		191649		1938


Mawchi Mines Ltd, No 5 level, South Shan States
Gauge: 1'8"

			4wBE			GB		1625		1939

(a) supplied via New Consolidated Goldfields




Petroleum Supplies and Service, Zaloni
Gauge: 

			0-4-0DH			RH		437366		1961	(a)

(a) Supplied to Burma Oil?


Rangoon Corporation
Gauge: 2'6"

			4wPM			DC		1640		1927 	(a)
			0-4-0DM			HE		1997		1938
			0-4-0DM			HE		1998		1938
			0-4-0DM			HE		1999		1938
			0-4-0DM			HE		2000		1938
			0-4-0DM			HE		2072		1939
			
(a) Supplied via Cowie Brothers


Rangoon Municipality
Gauge: MG

			2-4-0T			RWH		1761		1878	(a)

(a) ex BR A class, No 2, acquired in 1894.


Shevbo Mining Syndicate
Gauge: 2'0"(?)

			0-4-2ST	     		JF	     	5942	  	1891	(1)

(1) later to Burma Mines Railway


Townlands Reclamation, Rangoon
Gauge: MG

1			2-4-0T			RWH		1761		1878 	(a)
2			0-6-0T			HL		2318		1894
3			0-6-0T			HL		2319		1894
4			0-6-0T			HL		2569		1903
5			0-6-0T			HL		2601		1905
6			0-6-0T			HL		2610		1905
7			0-6-0T			HL		2775		1909

(a) This is probably the identity of this locomotive. See entry for Rangoon Municipality.

i NG 158
ii IL pt 3
iii CRJ No 17



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