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Grave Recovery Parties

Barring few interruption, the railway remained operational until the War ended signifying victory of the Allied forces. Liberated from Japanese shackles, the POWs and Asian laborers returned home. Some enthusiastic POWs stayed back in Thailand and Burma to recover their comrades from maintenance camps.

They worked in Grave Recovery Parties. Lack of maintenance made the railway completely stationed. In 1947, the authorities sold the railway to Thai Government. They spent the money for repatriation and to compensate for lost railway property to the Japanese force. In 1957, the Thai Government reopened the section from Nong Pladuk to Nam Tok, which is still operational. Most abandoned tracks are lost in the jungle, whereas embankments, bridges and cuttings still exist.

The railway transportation is always in the list of priority. Railways being synonymous with development, the Government has built 1069.79 miles of railway tracks all over Burma. The long inaccessible regions have now been connected with rail and road transportations. Presently, the railway network in Burma measures 3859.65 miles, which obviously is no mean achievement.

Historic Indian Head



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