The International Steam Pages

A Burmese 10, 2006

Most readers will remember the film '10', with its use of Ravel's rhythmic Bolero music. If I, too, was to look for my 10s in Burma then the rice mill at Dakhondaing would get a top score. However, if I were assessing just the engine, it would not rate so highly as it has only a standard Tangye type. What then would I look for in my perfect engine? 

  • Age

  • Some degree of provenance

  • Rarity

  • Condition

  • Environment

I believe the engine we found at Khanaungyenk in the north of Irrawaddy Division most nearly meets these criteria.

Old? Undoubtedly, these engines with slipper/sleeves are the oldest type seen in the country.

According to the mill owner, it came here 'about 50 years ago', knowing what I have heard elsewhere, I guess it came second hand from the UK rather than coming to Burma as new, by and large, small engine makers did not have the resources to get into the export market.

This engine is the only one we have seen by this maker, the casting of 'T. Dryden, Maker, Preston' is crude and simple, marking the engine out as one of a small number.

The condition of the engine is excellent, it is clean and has minimal leaking steam. The environment speaks for itself, a classic wooden building with an old portable/traction engine boiler behind, the single mill engineer fussing around his charge and keeping everything 'ship shape'. Now enjoy the pictures...  

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Rob and Yuehong Dickinson