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Myanmar opens bidding for new Yangon-Mandalay rail cars

Long-neglected infrastructure finally getting some love

Myanmar has embarked on an upgrade of its rail system.

YANGON -- Myanma Railways announced Friday that bidding has opened for train cars for upgrades to the railway linking the nation's two largest cities of Yangon and Mandalay.

The state-owned railway network operator seeks to acquire 24 carriages. The country's rail network is not electrified, so Myanma Railways wants diesel-electric-type units. Bidding will close in March 2017, with a decision coming later that year.

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