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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:51 AM   #201
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Restored coaches for railway line
Tuesday January 15, 2008
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SEPANG: Refurbished coaches will be used for the Rawang to Ipoh electrified double track railway line until new ones arrive.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said about two of the electrical multiple unit (EMU) coaches were being refurbished each month.

The double tracks have been used since the beginning of the month but KTMB is running its normal services and coaches on the electrified tracks.

“The schedule for the normal services and the electrified services will be announced by KTMB later,” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a partnership agreement between AirAsia and CAE, a world leader in aviation training here yesterday.

CAE will train pilots, maintenance technicians and cabin crews for airlines in Southeast Asia with Kuala Lumpur being CAE’s regional hub for Airbus original equipment manufacturer training.

On the Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified railway project, Chan said Gamuda Bhd and MMC Corp Bhd have started work on the site.

The 329km track is expected to be completed in five years.

On YTL Bhd’s bullet train project from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, Chan said: “We are still looking into it.

The bullet train would be broad gauge and travel 350km per hour.”

He denied reports that the Government had dropped the project after AirAsia was given the go-ahead to fly to Singapore.

“These are two different modes of transport; still can complement each other but there is no final decision yet on the project,” he said.

On the general election, Chan said MCA had discussed the party's possible candidates but the list had yet to be finalised.

“Yes, we did discuss the names but nothing has been finalised yet,” he said.

Chan, who is also MCA deputy president, declined to comment on which constituency he planned to contest.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:47 AM   #202
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KTMB to cash in on tourism industry
by Jonathan Chen, 16 Jan 2008 11:24 AM
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PENANG: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) wants to cash in on the tourism industry with its newly reinstated Ekspres Rakyat passenger train services, currently servicing the Butterworth-Singapore rail route.

KTMB Northern Region (Butterworth) manager Ahmad Shamudin Md Rashid said it wanted to tap into the demand for passenger transportation services, especially from Singapore tourists wanting to visit towns in Malaysia.

“We are confident that our Ekspres Rakyat services will receive good response, more so with the government’s decision to extend Visit Malaysia Year 2007 to Aug 31 this year,” he told reporters after relaunching the service at the Butterworth train station yesterday.

He said rail travel also provided opportunities to tourists to view many interesting sights in the country, adding that trains plying the 774km Butterworth-Singapore route would have to pass by 20 stops. including Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur.

The Ekspres Rakyat service, which has been in operation since the 1980s, was halted in June 2001 due to construction of the RM2.6 billion Rawang-Ipoh double-tracking rail project.

Ekspres Rakyat provides up to three Butterworth-Singapore services daily on 10-coach trains with a maximum capacity of about 400 people per trip.

Ahmad said it was not uncommon for train seats to be sold out when the service was still in operation in 2001 and was confident that there would be a steady passenger increase in the near future. “The demand for rail travel is still here as people are always on the lookout for alternative means of transportation.”

Butterworth-Singapore train fares cost RM127 for adult (first class) and RM60 for children, while second-class fares are priced at RM68 and RM34 respectively.

In 2003, KTMB outlined a 17-year business growth plan comprising three levels — a recovery stage from 2003 to 2006, a consolidation stage from 2007 to 2010, and the growth period from 2011 to 2020.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 04:14 PM   #204
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RAWANG >> SERENDAH >> BATANG KALI >> RASA
RASA >> BATANG KALI >> SERENDAH >> RAWANG
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 02:54 PM   #207
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Thursday April 3, 2008
Rail project to cut KL- Penang journey to just three hours
By ZULKIFLY MOHAMAD

BUTTERWORTH: It will only take three hours to travel from Penang to Kuala Lumpur by train when the electrified double-track project (EDTP) is completed.

Once operational, commuters can have breakfast in Penang, lunch in KL and return to the island for dinner, all in the same day. Currently, the train journey between the destinations takes about nine hours.

The RM12.4bil stretch from Ipoh to Padang Besar, undertaken by MMC-Gamuda, is now 5% completed and expected to be ready on Jan 7, 2013. It will link up to the Rawang line.


All systems go: Piling works being carried out for the electrified double-track rail project at Simpang Ampat in Nibong Tebal yesterday.

“Once completed, modern trains with heavier loadings can run on the flatter, straighter alignment at a speed of up to 160kph,” said MMC-Gamuda JV Project director Datuk Azmi Mat Nor.

He said RM10bil had been invested in double tracking the Klang Valley and from Rawang to Ipoh.

“The EDTP can be the backbone for future commuter services in the northern area, similar to the Klang Valley commuter services,” he added.

“It will only take about 90 minutes to travel from Penang to Ipoh by train when the project is completed, compared to about four hours now,” he told newsmen during a site inspection yesterday.


»It will only take 90 minutes to travel from Penang to Ipoh« DATUK AZMI MAT NOR

Azmi said the alignment for the 329km Ipoh-Padang Besar double-track project cuts across the four northern states of Penang, Perak, Kedah and Perlis.

“We are working closely with the four state governments and they are very helpful,” he said.

“We do not foresee much problem for the next five years as 70% of land needed for the project is owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB).”

Azmi said rail transport in the country currently had a market share of just 3%, compared to road transport which commanded 89% share.

“Over-reliance on road transport is unsustainable, especially during congestion on expressways and festive seasons,” he added.

Azmi said that up to RM3bil worth of construction packages had been awarded to contractors, of which RM1.6bil had been given to deserving bumiputra contractors. About 700 sub-contractors were involved in the project.

He said a further RM2bil worth of projects would be awarded in stages.

Azmi said the EDTP was an extensive infrastructure project which would transform the existing single-track line from Johor Baru to Padang Besar to electrified double tracks, covering a distance of 968km.
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Old April 5th, 2008, 03:37 AM   #208
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Does anyone know when the project for Rawang - Ipoh will be completed? As promised to start operation in early 2008, now the 1st quarter of 2008 has already passed, seems like it has been delayed over and over again.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 05:43 AM   #209
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Does anyone know when the project for Rawang - Ipoh will be completed? As promised to start operation in early 2008, now the 1st quarter of 2008 has already passed, seems like it has been delayed over and over again.
Trans Rapid service has not started coz the EMU have not arrived yet. But the ekspres Rakyat that serve KL-Ipoh is seen as a substitute to this delayed service. The journey is 3 hours, not a bad alternative to express buses.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 06:38 AM   #210
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At least two people died when a train plunged down a ravine and into a fast-flowing river in Sabah today, police said.

Most of the 43 people on board scrambled to safety although police were still searching for possible survivors. The train was hit by a landslip after days of heavy rains.

"It was lucky that most of the 43 passengers onboard were able to escape with only two people dead so far," local police chief Mazlan Lazim told AFP.

"We are still searching the area for more survivors," he said.

The train was travelling from the southern town of Tenom to the state capital Kota Kinabalu and ploughed into the Padas river, famous for its whitewater rafting, when it was struck by the landslide near a bridge.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 12:47 PM   #211
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It will only take three hours to travel from Penang to Kuala Lumpur by train when the electrified double-track project (EDTP) is completed.
Well, what can one say about that kind of person? On a positive note, let's say that Datuk Azmi has a nice, intelligent sense of humour. The distance from Penang to Kuala Lumpur is 300 km. "Only" three hours??? He rejoices over an average speed of 100 km/h.
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Well, what can one say about that kind of person? On a positive note, let's say that Datuk Azmi has a nice, intelligent sense of humour. The distance from Penang to Kuala Lumpur is 300 km. "Only" three hours??? He rejoices over an average speed of 100 km/h.
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Once operational, commuters can have breakfast in Penang, lunch in KL and return to the island for dinner, all in the same day. Currently, the train journey between the destinations takes about nine hours.
Keywords ... comuters and 1/3rd of current travel time.


Sounds pretty good to me.

Anithing under 3h is competitive to air travel (1h checkin +1h travel + spare time at both ends) ... and it's suposed to serve some locations in between ... any news of express trains on that corridor ??? and remember the gauge ... 1000/1064mm ... 160km/h would be called high speed in this environment.
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Keywords ... comuters and 1/3rd of current travel time. Sounds pretty good to me.
Perhaps, but as someone once said (citation??) "good" is the enemy of "excellent". The Malaysians might equally have plumped for a full HSR solution like the new line between Tanger and Rabat (OK, technically it's Kenitra) in Morocco. There, the current travel time is 5h1/2, to be cut to 1h10 by the new line. Using your logics one might have settled for something less ambitious - but had they done this then it would have been certain as "amen in the church" that nothing further would be built in that section for the next 20 years.

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Anithing under 3h is competitive to air travel (1h checkin +1h travel + spare time at both ends) ... and it's suposed to serve some locations in between
Two observations, though: I'm not sure I'm ready to compare trains with air travel on distances below 400 km. At least in my part of the world people don't fly 300 km. On those distances trains compete with cars - which, I may add, here in France would need some 2h1/2 to travel 300 km. And that's door-to-door. Secondly, yes, most HSRs also have to serve some locations in between. But by tracing them fast you give the railway operators the OPTION of sending a few direct trains through the line at full speed. What's the fun of condemning every train to stop everywhere?
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It's the other way around:

"Good is the Enemy of Great" .... but great not always mean the "best" thing.

Its an highly developed corridor ... upgrading the route to 160km/h is the best way to go (and remember that the entire network is metre gauge (1064mm?) ... building a 250/300 km/h route in a completely different gauge would be a nonsense ... and by the way ... the 3h seem to involve some FERRY/BUS connecting trip since "Penang" is in an island.

Both Penang and Kuala Lumpur have airports so "presumably the best/fastest way to travel between the 2 would be by a regional airline.

And as you can see in the map Penang-KL do have air connections:


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Its an highly developed corridor ... upgrading the route to 160km/h is the best way to go (and remember that the entire network is metre gauge (1064mm?) ... building a 250/300 km/h route in a completely different gauge would be a nonsense ... and by the way ... the 3h seem to involve some FERRY/BUS connecting trip since "Penang" is in an island.
The idea of double tracking and electrify the existing metre gauge on KTMB (Malayan Railway) exists from 1980's, the first phase was double tracking and electrify lines around Klang Valley, which gave birth to the local electric train service, the KTM Komuter...

The next phase was 179 km Rawang-Ipoh project, which extends the electrified double track system to the north, which is Ipoh, and it has been completed already, now we are waiting for EMU from South Korea which will be commisioned for the KL-Ipoh rapid intercity service in 2010, it will have 6 cars on each set and finally entertainment such as television and wireless internet service will be available...

The current upgrading of KTMB line are:

7.5 km extension of Klang Valley line from Sentul to Batu Caves
329 km Ipoh-Padang Besar line
100 km Seremban - Gemas line

The only line left for upgrading (on west coast line) is the Gemas to Johor Bahru...

When the project of double tracking and electrification of the whole west coast line from Thai border to Johor Bahru completed, it will not just improving the freight service and faster passenger service (up to 160 km/h), but it will also offer local train service just like KTM Komuter in Klang Valley to other major cities such as Penang and Johor Bahru...

The distance by rail from Kuala Lumpur to Penang is actually,

171 km + 179 km + 32 km = 382 km

So going to Penang by 3 hours is already fast on our standard, faster than bus service and hopefully, get more people back to train service...

I think it is better than just regauging existing metre gauge, because all of mainland south east Asian railways (Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam) are all metre gauge, substantial earnings are from landbridge (freight) operation to Thailand, this is not happen if the two countries use different gauge...and also expensive replacement of equipments such as locomotives if we embark on regauging...

According to our government's National Physical Plan, HSR (on standard gauge) will be seperate from the existing metre gauge line...and the current focus now is to improve the existing metre gauge (1000mm) track...
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The distance by rail from Kuala Lumpur to Penang is actually,171 km + 179 km + 32 km = 382 km
So going to Penang by 3 hours is already fast on our standard, faster than bus service and hopefully, get more people back to train service...
Thanks for the details, TWK. I guess I remain sceptical, though. The risk of upgrading a track that dates back to the Victorian times (and I say this without slight: most of our conventional railways in Europe are late-19th century) is that their line tracing is rarely optimal compared with what is achievable nowadays. The distances you provide are actually an illustration of this point. In France the authorities figure that an optimally drawn line (within their point-to-point concept which, admittedly, supposes a rather uncompromising tracing) will be about 10% longer than a direct line between the two end points. Kuala Lumpur is 299 km from Penang as the crow flies, so a railway line of 382 is actually about 50 km "too" long. I suppose this derives from the need to follow an ancient line plus a decision to continue serving half a dozen intermediate stops on the way?

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I think it is better than just regauging existing metre gauge, because all of mainland south east Asian railways (Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam) are all metre gauge, substantial earnings are from landbridge (freight) operation to Thailand, this is not happen if the two countries use different gauge...and also expensive replacement of equipments such as locomotives if we embark on regauging.
What happened to variable-gauge trains? They have the same problem in Spain, but solve it by making all new lines in standard gauge and operating trains that change gauge-width when moving from between new and old segments.
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I think the 299 km distance from KL to Penang that you meant is on the North-South Expressway, if you at look at the alignment of expressway, it bypasses the small town of Sungai Siput and Chemor, etc...while on railway it does pass quite a number of small towns....

In the EDT project, some realignments have been done too, for example on the Rawang - Ipoh project, you can see the new alignment is less curvy and larger curve radius, has resulted in some stations has been relocated to suit the new alignment...then, in Ipoh - Padang Besar project, there will be one 3.3 km tunnel and a 8 km tunnel in Seremban-Gemas project...

Not just route realignment, double tracking and electrification has been done in this project, but the removal of grade crossing, improved signalling and addition of new overhead bridges too will improve the average speed and also the safety of railway, will be completely grade-seperated....

Regarding to station, new stations is a lot bigger than the old one which was built very long time ago, maybe even before independence....the new stations has proper signs, passenger information system...those new stations will help to improve the image of rail service in Malaysia, which is currently, very slow compared to bus on expressway....

So far, most of variable gauge trains that i see in existance are the Spanish Talgo, 1435 mm <----> 1668 mm and the VGA train between Spain and Ukraine (1435 mm <----> 1520 mm), the differences between these gauge chances are less significant compared when if one train does gauge changing from (1000 mm <----> 1435 mm), which is quite significant and big difference....but currently, Japan has research on a free gauge train that is able to perform gauge change from 1067 mm to 1435 mm.....

But really, sticking on metre gauge is a lot easier and less hassle for KTMB to do freight service across the border, not to mention the cost of setting up gauge changing facility and that renders only some trains with variable gauge axle can travel through the border, that does not help to increase the utilisation of the existing locomotives...

If we want to use standard gauge, a seperate standard gauge line is preferred, as envisioned in the government's National Physical Plan which does show the alignment of proposed HSR and also the metre gauge line...
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Thanks for the details, TWK. I guess I remain sceptical, though. The risk of upgrading a track that dates back to the Victorian times (and I say this without slight: most of our conventional railways in Europe are late-19th century) is that their line tracing is rarely optimal compared with what is achievable nowadays. The distances you provide are actually an illustration of this point. In France the authorities figure that an optimally drawn line (within their point-to-point concept which, admittedly, supposes a rather uncompromising tracing) will be about 10% longer than a direct line between the two end points. Kuala Lumpur is 299 km from Penang as the crow flies, so a railway line of 382 is actually about 50 km "too" long. I suppose this derives from the need to follow an ancient line plus a decision to continue serving half a dozen intermediate stops on the way?



What happened to variable-gauge trains? They have the same problem in Spain, but solve it by making all new lines in standard gauge and operating trains that change gauge-width when moving from between new and old segments.
that is a little biased because KL-Ipoh is 175km in a straight line and 190km in reality

then the railway does co a little bit curvy but that is only because it serves a lot of places in between instead of going straight ahead (wich would be THRU a mountain range)


And second ... how do you stretch a victorian single route to acomodate track doubling without putting at least a new trackbed in that second track ??????

to me it seems a very decent track improvement project.


And variable gauge traisnfor what ??? UIC1435mm is not STANDARD track in souteast asia in any way ... why complicate what is simple ???

A metre gauge train at 160/180 km/h can be much more usefull than a TGV in most situations.
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