New ETS Service to Butterworth and Padang Besar

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:

  1. Ipoh – Butterworth
  2. Butterworth – Ipoh
  3. Butterworth – Padang Besar
  4. 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

ETS to Padang Besar: Waiting for SPAD Approval

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) is just waiting for confirmation from Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) regarding the new intercity train service linking Ipoh to Padang Besar. The new service, also dubbed as Electric Train Service (ETS), will enable travelers to experience speed of up to 140 km/h during travel between Ipoh and Padang Besar.

The new ETS service will stop and prominent stations such as Butterworth, Alor Setar, Arau and Padang Besar. The fast journey is made possible by the recent completion of electrified double tracking (EDTP) project, which upgraded the rail infrastructure between Ipoh to Padang Besar from single rail to double rail. The upgrade enables fast train travel on both northbound and southbound direction, reducing delays greatly.

As of press time, KTMB has yet to release any pricing information regarding the ETS service.

We will update this site as soon as we get more information about the service.

Update: Click here for ETS Schedule for KL Sentral <-> Padang Besar Route

Source: Astro Awani

KTM Intercity Experience – September 30th 2014

On September 30th 2014, I took KTM Intercity from KL Sentral after more than two years. It looks like nothing much has been changed except for the new electrified double tracking (EDTP) project.

KTM Intercity ADNS Bed 2014-09-30 21.50.09
KTM Intercity ADNS Bed 2014-09-30 21.50.09
KTM Intercity ADNS Class 2014-09-30 21.49.26
KTM Intercity ADNS Class 2014-09-30 21.49.26
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KTM Intercity 2014-09-30 21.41.36
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KTM Intercity 2014-09-30 21.40.33
KTM Intercity Platform 2014-09-30 21.40.14
KTM Intercity Platform 2014-09-30 21.40.14

 

KTM Class 92 – September 28th 2014

I took a ride onboard KTM Komuter on September 28th. The timetable can be quite unreliable as KTMB is still testing it.

The Class 92 trainset, manufactured by Zhuzhou from China is quite comfortable. There are lots of power outlets for those who are looking forward to charge their electronic gadgets too.

KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.43
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.43
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.51
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.51
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.01
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.01
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.14
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.14

Overnight at KL Sentral

So I missed my Skybus shuttle bus to KLIA2. The next bus departs at 3 AM and I am now stranded in KL Sentral for almost three hours.

KL Sentral used to be more interesting than before. Now, there is nothing much to do during midnight. 7-Eleven is the only convenience store that is opened.

CIMB Cheque Deposit Machine 2014-10-14 00.18.05
CIMB Cheque Deposit Machine 2014-10-14 00.18.05

#FAIL No. 1: Cheque Deposit Down for temporary? For temporary? For temporary?

Seriously CIMB, who did you hire to be your clerk? I hope they are not your banker.

 

McDonald's KL Sentral 2014-10-14 00.12.16
McDonald’s KL Sentral 2014-10-14 00.12.16

Apparently, McD is also closed from 12 midnight to 6 AM for “maintenance” purposes. I doubt that. There’s nothing going on in the restaurant (apparently), only loud music can be heard.

#FAIL No. 2: It will be closed until 14 MARCH 2014. Hmmm, are we watching Back to the Future?

 

KTM Komuter Ticket Vending Machine 2014-10-14 00.25.17
KTM Komuter Ticket Vending Machine 2014-10-14 00.25.17

#FAIL No. 3: CANNOT BE ACEPTED. Acepted. Acepted. What is acepted? It sounds like “Inception” for me.

 

Meals Station: Iced Honey Lemon 2014-10-14 00.37.22
Meals Station: Iced Honey Lemon 2014-10-14 00.37.22

#WIN: I have finally found a good place to sit and a table to do my reading and writing. #WIN #WIN #WIN.

Meals Station is a kopitiam-style restaurant in KL Sentral. There is no operating hours stated directly at the outlet. However, it looks like it opens for 24 hours. Cheap drinks mostly start at RM 3.50 so be prepared to pay extra.

Power outlets are also available for those who are seeking to charge their electronic gadgets.

Rescheduling of KTM Intercity Train Timetable: Effective August 15th 2014

KTM Berhad Logo
KTM Berhad Logo

KTM Berhad has rescheduled the train timetable for all KTM Intercity services. Listed below are the services affected:

  • No. 29: Tumpat – KL Sentral: Departure time rescheduled to 6:30 PM from Tumpat station
  • No. 83: Tumpat – Gua Musang: Departure time rescheduled to 2:30 PM from Tumpat
  • No. 84: Gua Musang – Tumpat: Departure time rescheduled to 6:00 PM from Gua Musang
  • No. 81: Tumpat – Kuala Lipis: The route changed from Tumpat to Gua Musang only
  • No. 82: Kuala Lipis – Tumpat: The route changed from Gua Musang to Tumpat only
  • No. 85: Tumpat – Kuala Lipis: TERMINATED
  • No. 86: Kuala Lipis – Tumpat: TERMINATED
  • No. 91: Tumpat – Woodlands: ROUTE CHANGE from Gemas to Woodlands only. NUMBER CHANGE from 91 to 61
  • No. 92: Woodlands – Tumpat: ROUTE CHANGE from Woodlands to Gemas only, NUMBER CHANGE from 91 to 62.

The change is due to partial closure of the route Gemas – Gua Musang as enforced by Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) starting from July 12th 2014. Please contact KTMB for further inquiries.

 

Source: KTMB Media Release

New KTM ETS Schedule, effective October 1st 2013

KTM ETS
KTM ETS Logo

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) has released a set of new schedules for ETS, effective October 1st 2013. The move is necessary in order to ensure KTMB can provide better service to the customers. The frequency of ETS trains are changed to fit the user’s needs better. you can read more froma news article by Bernama here.

With the completion of electrified double track railways, we do hope that the government will assist KTMB further in rolling stock procurement because we don’t see the point of having state-of-the-art railway system without making use to its full potential.

October 12th 2013 Update: We have updated our ETS Schedule.

About ETSKTM ETS (Electric Train Service) is a relatively new train service from KTMB. The first commercial run was done on August 12th 2010, after several times of postponement. For the time being, ETS plies the route between Ipoh and Seremban.

KTM ETS Food Service Quality

KTM ETS
KTM ETS Logo

Recently, I came across an article in The Star complaining about food service quality onboard ETS train. According to the author, one of the crew members responded rudely when he was asked about the food. Apart from rudeness, complaints can also be seen about unavailability of staff to take care of the orders placed at Food and Beverage counter in ETS’ Food & Beverage coach.

As a service provider with dedicated coach for food and beverage service, KTM Berhad should look into this problem seriously. While there are currently many KTMB staff who can behave appropriately and responded timely with customers’ complaints, there are also some of the ‘rotten eggs’ who smear the overall image of KTM Berhad.

The article mentioned above is about six months old (as of June 2013) but we are hoping that KTM Berhad has conducted a thorough investigation about this problem and rectified it in whichever way necessary. This is important to ensure customer satisfaction is taken up to a higher level.

ETS service is a prime choice of commuters traveling between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. If the service quality (in terms of staff and on-time performance) can be improved, quite a number of people would not mind paying extra compared to public bus as long as they can have a comfortable ride between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur.

We are hoping that KTM Berhad will continue to look into ways to improve ETS service because it has clear advantage over bus service, which is the ability to circumvent through traffic jams (they use railroads!)

Update on July 27th 2013: Dead link

KTM Berhad handed over plots of land in Kuala Sepetang to locals

KTM Berhad Logo
KTM Berhad Logo

After living next to the country’s first railroad network for about 100 years, a number of Kuala Sepetang families can live better life with less worry as KTM Berhad has agreed to transfer the land ownership to them.

Initially, KTM Berhad asked the state government a RM35 million ringgit payment in return. However, after negotiations with state government, they have agreed only to transfer the land to the villages without anything in return.

KTM Berhad has a lot of underutilized land asset in Malaysia. We hope that KTM continues to try their best to ensure the plots of land are being used at their maximum potential, yielding more revenue for KTM. The added revenue can further be used for proper maintenance of trains and also buying new trains. Throughout the years we can see how the lack of adequate fleet of trains has hurt KTM Berhad operation efficiency. Therefore it is hoped that KTM Berhad tries its best to ensure best customer experience for its customers..

Source: The Star – KTM land given to Kuala Sepetang folk, published on May 4th 2013 [link]