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Goteik Viaduct

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Goteik Viaduct located in Nawnghkio is a railway trestle, Western Shan State in Myanmar. The Bridge is a single rail track and crosses Gohtwin Stream. It is between Pyin Oo Lwin, the summer capital of the former British colonial administrators and Lashio, the principal town of northern Shan State. The Highest Bridge in Myanmar and when the Bridge was completed as the largest railway trestle in the world. The bridge is exist approximately 100 Km from northeast of Mandalay constructed in 1899. The Bridge was completed in 1900 by Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction. The construction project was overseen by engineer Sir Arthur Rendel for the Burma Railroad Company. It is 689 meters (2,260 Ft.) from end to end with 15 towers which span 12 meters (39ft) along with a double tower 24 meters (79 Ft.) long.

However, it is worth the experience, the train will soon gain high using a series of zigzags. The higher train climbs, the greener views can be seen with vegetable fields and streams cut flower between huts made up of woven bamboo mats. In the sun, farmers bucking under their straw hats and buffalos are grazing in the rice fields. Reach Gokteik viaduct, the train moves walking speed across the bridge, which only adds to the white-knuckle experience and may have been the epitome of engineering when it was built but now is a crumbling antique. Slow high passaging to give ample opportunities for a chance to photographers to catch a shot of a train on the bridge. Crossing takes about 25 minutes, stops included. Audible exhales from those holding the breath can be heard. The groans and yawns of travelers realizing they have several more uneventful hours until reaching their stop.

The optional tour can be available and can request before your trip by email.

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