1886 - 1930
Proposed railway connecting Rangoon to Bangkok in 1886
Until the building of the Burma Road in the late 1930s, there was really no properly paved overland connection between Burma and either India, China, or Siam (Thailand). This map shows the proposed route of a railway connecting Burma, China and Siam - it was never built. Modern infrastructure in British Burma was focused almost solely on the export of rice, oil, and logs from the port of Rangoon and the rest of the economy was barely developed.