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Old June 10th, 2007, 10:24 PM   #181
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Let's see if they really going to improve with the double tracks.
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Old June 12th, 2007, 01:43 PM   #182
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June 12, 2007 17:13 PM

KTMB Mulls A Rail Link To Terengganu Via Mentakab And Kuantan

GEMAS, June 12 (Bernama) -- Rail services operator KTM Bhd (KTMB) is studying a rail link to Terengganu, managing director Datuk Mohd Salleh Abdullah said Tuesday.

The proposal envisions a rail link from Mentakab to Kuantan and on to Terengganu. KTMB's rail connection to Kelantan from here passes through Mentakab.

"This study is being undertaken within the context of national transportation planning," he told reporters after a demonstration of KTMB's Emergency Response Plan at the railway station here.

The study, he said, is for regular rail services and not the commuter service.

Petronas has built a rail line for cargo transportation at the Kerteh industrial area in Terengganu but its trains are operated by KTMB.

On another note, Mohd Salleh said the government allocated RM170 million last January to overhaul 50 commuter trains to improve the quality of this service, which about 100,000 people use daily, double that in 2001.

The overhaul work will begin with two train sets in October, and it will take 55 months for work on all the train sets to be completed.

"We expect to provide better quality commuter service by year end, but we must appreciate the problems the service has faced since the privatisation of management which resulted in a reduction of allocations for operations," he stressed.

Problems, he added, also arose due to improper management of trains "from before" and due to difficulties in obtaining spare parts for trains bought from Hungary, Korea and South Africa.

"We need government involvement in managing the upgrading of service because it is not as easy as looking after a car," he pointed out. "We also need time because managing the (rail) services is not easy."

According to Mohd Salleh, the commuter services are operationally viable and are expected to reach the break even point by year-end.

KTMB, he said, will ensure that the scheduled services are on time because the downtime due to repairs will be reduced.

KTMB has 62 trains of which four have been written off due to accidents, while for eight others, KTMB is studying whether it is worth repairing them. The other 50 trains are in good condition.

He said 35 trains operate daily while the others are on scheduled services or are on standby.

"When commuter traffic increased after petrol prices rose in March last year, we needed to have 40 trains operating daily but we have yet to achieve this," he added.

Other problems which disrupted services included theft of power cables, vandalism and illegal crossing of railway tracks.

Mohd Salleh said present plans for the commuter service are to extend it to Tanjung Malim by year-end and to Batu Caves after that.

On the Seremban-Gemas double-tracking project, he said the government expects to receive technical and financial proposals in mid-July and the winning bid for the project is expected to be decided on within six months after that.

"Only with double tracking can KTMB expand," he stressed. "KTMB cannot be expected to stick to a single track network and yet improve its services."

He pointed out that rail transportation of cargo is up to 77 percent cheaper than road transport.

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Old June 12th, 2007, 02:50 PM   #183
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Great! They should look into reconnecting rails to Melaka too.......
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Old June 13th, 2007, 06:55 AM   #184
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KTMB to improve services
Wednesday June 13, 2007
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GEMAS: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) realises that people are unhappy with its Komuter train services but is working towards rectifying this.

KTMB managing director Datuk Mohd Salleh Abdullah admitted that the Komuter train services had deteriorated in recent years but said the reason was beyond their control.

He said the root of the problem was that the maintenance and overhaul of the 50 Komuter trains were long overdue.

“When the management of KTMB was corporatised in the late 1990s, a lot of the maintenance work was deferred.

“Trains which were supposed to have been overhauled after running a million kilometres are on the tracks today,” he said, adding that none of the Komuter trains had actually been overhauled as required by the maintenance schedule.

To make matters worse, he said the Komuter trains were imported from three countries – South Africa, Hungary and South Korea.

“It has also been difficult for us to maintain three different types of models which come with different configurations and operating manuals,” he said.

Citing an example, he said KTMB had difficulties buying spare parts for the first 18 sets acquired from Hungary as the firm had since ceased operations.

“Due to this, we had to cannibalise parts from the other trains,” he told reporters after launching KTMB’s Emergency Response Plan at the KTM station here.

With six trains out due to accidents and several more undergoing minor maintenance works, only 38 of the 62 Komuter trains are now operating regularly.

Mohd Salleh said the Government had earlier this year approved an allocation of RM170mil for the overhauling and maintenance of the 50 Komuter trains.

“We hope to begin doing work on two sets every month beginning October,” he said, adding that the ideal number operating at any one time should be at least 40 Komuter trains.

On another matter, Mohd Salleh said the Government had issued the letter of intent for the electrification and double-tracking of the Gemas-Seremban route.

“Interested companies have been asked to submit their proposals by mid-July and we expect the tender to be awarded by December,” he said.

Mohd Salleh said KTMB was also looking at a proposal to build a rail network from Mentakab to Kuantan for freight services.

Asked when would the Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur Rapid rail service would commence, he said it was expected in two years.

“The train will stop at the Batu Gajah, Kampar, Tapah, Slim River and Tanjung Malim stations.”
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Old June 13th, 2007, 02:36 PM   #185
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2 more years to wait?

I though the Ipoh double tracking is read. Why another 2 years? How many years has this been delayed? cannot keep track already.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 03:13 PM   #186
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KTMB have not bought any trainsets yet for the transrapid service to IPoh. I believe they'll start the komuter service first along the new route to Ipoh. I dun think KTM is ready to run the transrapid service, the new trainsets would be extremely expensive and high tech..it'd require time and $$ for KTM to operate high speed trains.

I hope they could diesel trains for train services to Ipoh in the meantime.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 04:03 PM   #187
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It's time for KTM to streamline their train models, their commuter service alone has 3 different models, not that good for maintenance cost and spare part availability.....

Hope they can procure trains such as Hitachi A-Trains which is proven in narrow gauge tracks in Japan and Taiwan...we can use it for rapid train service too...
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Old June 13th, 2007, 04:37 PM   #188
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I dun think KTM is ready to run the transrapid service, the new trainsets would be extremely expensive and high tech..it'd require time and $$ for KTM to operate high speed trains.

I hope they could diesel trains for train services to Ipoh in the meantime.
If not now when? Tomorrow ppl will say the same thing, and so on, at last, none built. It has to start now for tomorrow. There are investors out there + gov spending which can help this possible. High speed train is the only way to travel fast intra-city these days, look at France alone. Of course a bad news for Mr. Jala and Mr. Tony
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Old June 14th, 2007, 05:18 AM   #189
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Negri readying train service for tourists to Port Dickson

Negri readying train service for tourists to Port Dickson

very interesting...great to see that train services are extending even more.

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Old June 14th, 2007, 05:41 AM   #190
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Kinda similar to some train services in Melbourne to remote destinations where frequent commuter services are probably not viable. I once went to a tourists spot callled Stony Point(to see penguins) riding in old diesel trains which are probably for tourists. It's not a commuter service as it's not as frequent as the normal connex commuter as we had to wait for 4 hours before the return train to the city comes back.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 05:49 AM   #191
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Really interesting that they're connecting PD up to Seremban. Now PD will be even more accessible, I wonder if it will become quite busy. At least it'll be easier to get to my aunt's place.
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Old June 16th, 2007, 06:40 AM   #192
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History :
the only privately owned railway line in the federated malay states is that of the Sungei
Ujong Railway Company. This line which is
24 1/2 miles in length(about 40km) connects
between Seremban and Port Dickson. It was orginally
established under a government guarantee. Open
for traffic in July 1891, and handed over to FMSR
in July 1908. During the period two or three trains
runs daily between Seremban and PD, whilst goods trains are despatched as often as required. In the district through which the line passes there are number of important rubber estates.

the contract to built the Sungei Ujong Railway was
awardwd to Messr. Hill and Rathborne with the cost of
165,750 pound sterling and it was completed in 30 months period.

Note : if the trains run in July 2007 so it will be
about 116 years in celebration since it was
open to traffic.
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Old June 18th, 2007, 07:31 AM   #193
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THE NEW JOHOR BAHRU TRAIN STATION OR COMMONLY KNOW AS JB SENTRAL!!!!!!!!!!..............OPENING THIS SEPTEMBER 2007..
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Old June 18th, 2007, 07:34 AM   #194
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Night view of the "Walkalator" at the Link Bridge. The Link Bridge connects the CIQ complexs to the JB Sentral Terminal.(taken from gerbang selatan bersepadu website..}
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Old June 18th, 2007, 07:35 AM   #195
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Construction of JBS building - Nov 06


(taken from gerbang selatan bersepadu website)
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This new JB Sentral, is there any future room for expansion of train services, such as say.......Komuter and also if it is approved...HSR?
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This new JB Sentral, is there any future room for expansion of train services, such as say.......Komuter and also if it is approved...HSR?

yeap...there'll be a komuter service...It is hoped that the construction of the new JB Sentral will enable KTMB to offer frequent Komuter services on the Kulai-Senai-Kempas Baru-JB- Singapore route. This arrangement is expected to be popular among Singaporean passengers taking AirAsia flights from Senai Airport, freight and also Johoreans working in Singapore. The Kulai/Senai to JB stretch needs to be double tracked for the Komuter services to be offered.

besides,Kempas Baru railway station will become an interchange between Kulai-Senai-Plentong-Pasir Gudang line and Kulai-Senai-Johor Bahru-Singapore line.


A rail transit terminal by the Senai Airport is planned to be contructed 2007-2010. This will link Senai to the new CIQ.
A high-speed rail link from KL to Singapore is currently under study by YTL Corporation, a potential RM 8 billion project which would slash rail travel time from more than 8 hours to less than an hour. At the moment, this project does not involved KTMB
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JB sentral connecting to the CIQ complex..
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Old June 24th, 2007, 02:46 PM   #199
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Today's photo (24/6/2007)

Electrified double track, between Tanjung Malim to Kuala Kubu Baru


Track after Kuala Kubu Baru station


Just before Serendah station


Serendah station
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25KV AC Overhead Line "LIVE" (from ktmb website)

25KV AC Overhead Line "LIVE"

Please be informed that KTMB’s Overhead Line Equipment on the railway track for Train Electrification System for these sectors will be energised with 25,000 Volt A.C:



1. Feeder Station Kalumpang (KM306.340) to Slim River MPTSL (KM278.548) – was energised with 25,000V A.C on April 3, 2007



2. Slim River MPTSL (KM278.513) to Feeder Station Sungkai (KM249.025) – was energised with 25,000V A.C on May 26, 2007



3. Rasa MPTSL (KM328.891) to Feeder Station Kalumpang (KM306.375) – was energised with 25,000V A.C on July 11, 2007



4. Feeder Station Sungkai (KM249.025) to Kampar MPTSL (KM218.690) – will be energized with 25,000V A.C from 0001 hour, August 1, 2007



5. Up/Down Line Kampar MPTSL (KM220.137) to Feeder Station Lahat (KM189.114) – will be energised with 25,000V A.C from 0001 hour, August 15, 2007




The overhead line equipment on the railway tracks must always be considered as very dangerous and “LIVE” at all times.


In case of emergency regarding the KTMB’s electrified overhead line, please contact our Electric Control Center at 03-2274 4104.



Issued by: Project Management Department,

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad



Date : June 11, 2007


http://www.ktmb.com.my/Article.asp?Id=2157
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