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Our railroad network in peninsular Malaysia has undergone a lot of transformation since the time when it was introduced for the first time in 19th century (Taiping – Kuala Sepetang Line, no longer exists today).
Apart from Electrified Double Tracking Project (EDTP), we have also made significant progress in railroad industry by having our own rolling stock (trainset) assembling plant, operated by CRRC Zhuzhou from China. Apart from job opportunities created, indirectly we are developing our own talents in railroad industry.
(1) The atmosphere is Borneo is a little bit different compared to Peninsular Malaysia. People in Borneo would like to have more autonomy in making decisions for their own state. Landslide victory of Adenan Satem in recent state election has enlightened us on their desire since Adenan is seen as a CM that fights for more autonomy for his people.
(2) Other than having control of their immigration system (it is illegal for non-residents of Sarawak to stay more than 90 days in the state without proper permit), issues were also raised by the CM about non-Sarawakian workforce of a local oil and gas company operating in Sarawak.
What does (1) and (2) has to do with railroad infrastructure? Well, due to (1) and (2), I think it is best if concerned citizens from Sarawak to carry out their own feasibility study of developing railroad infrastructure in the state. In my opinion, railroad enthusiasts from Peninsular will be more than glad to offer any kind of assistance required, subject to restrictions by the democratically-elected state government. Of note, Sabah already has its own railway, owned by its state government.
KUALA LUMPUR – 27 AUGUST 2016:Malaysia has seen positive growth in rail industry for the past few decades and the trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future.
More than RM 30 billion has been spent on rail infrastructure development for the past few years. Among the companies that have benefited from this rapid growth of rail industry including but not limited to:
- MMC Corp Bhd
- Gamuda Bhd
- IJM Corp
- Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB)
- Sunway Construction
- Gadang Holdings Bhd
- Mudajaya Corp Bhd
- Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd
- Naim Engineering Sdn Bhd
- UEM Construction Sdn Bhd
- Apex Communication Sdn Bhd
Past projects include LRT line extension for both Kelana Jaya Line and Ampang Line, as well as introduction of KTM Komuter service in additional stations as far as Tampin in the south to Padang Besar in northern Peninsular Malaysia.
Current and future development include LRT 3 line, MRT and also High-Speed Rail linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Source: The Star
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) will commence its Electric Train Service (ETS) from Ipoh to Padang Besar, extending the existing service which currently plies from KL Sentral to Ipoh.
There will be two services to be introduced, with two directions each:
- Ipoh – Butterworth
- Butterworth – Ipoh
- Butterworth – Padang Besar
- Padang Besar – Butterworth
There is only a limited schedule available and no news yet about addition of more service.
Timetables will be posted soon.
Some sources said KTMB will use Class 91 trains, currently being used for ETS between KL Sentral and Ipoh.
The newer rolling stock is not announced yet by KTMB. They are manufactured by CSR ZhuZhou from China and able to reach speeds up to 160 km/h. In comparison, KTMB Class 91 ETS trainset can only reach 140 km/h.
Update: Click here for ETS Schedule for KL Sentral <-> Padang Besar Route
This is a bit blurred. Sawah padi or paddy field in Kedah. Seen from a KTM Intercity train, Hatyai-bound Senandung Langkawi.
KTM Berhad (KTMB) has published new KTM Komuter schedule, which will take effect from 1 July 2015 onwards.
We are still in the process of updating TransportMalaysia with the new schedule.
More details are available at KTMB website.