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 proper overland connection between Burma and either India, China, or Siam (Thailand). The railway to Bangkok was of course never built. Modern infrastructure in British Burma was focused almost solely on the export of rice, oil, and logs from the port of Rangoon. The rest of the economy was barely developed.