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Old May 14th, 2009, 05:17 PM   #381
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Ipoh station, the northernmost point for the current electrified section of Malayan railways (electrification will be extended to Padang Besar, at the Thai border and about 329 km north of Ipoh), constructed between 1914 and 1917...renovation work done few years ago under Rawang-Ipoh electrified double tracking project

It has three platforms, and sidings for other trains...



The old Rawang-Ipoh project board (the project was completed few years ago)


The corridor of station entrance, further ahead of the corridor, there is a hotel at the upper floor of the railway station building


This is the main hall of this station, on the right, this is the ticket counter...


Direction board (also in the main hall)


The ticket counter


Platforms of Ipoh station (1 side platform, 1 island platform)


Platform 1 (Some of the recent KTM locomotives, the grey coloured is the GE Blue Tiger locomotive from Germany, the blue coloured is a Chinese made locomotive)


Passenger information board


Destination board on platform




The old circular seats (a trademark of Ipoh station), retained during renovation works, probably dating back way before the renovation work was started




Lightings on the platform


View from the platform, towards north


Diesel shunter


Inside the lift


One of the two overhead bridges in the station


View of the platforms from one of the two overhead bridges
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Old June 1st, 2009, 08:27 AM   #382
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KTMB raises revenue target by 28pc
By Sharen KaurPublished: 2009/06/01

NATIONAL railway company Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) has raised its revenue target by 28 per cent this year as it seeks to make its first net profit in 14 years.

It is learnt that managing director Datuk Abd Radzak Abd Malek has told staff to aim for RM510 million in revenue by December 31 2009.

"KTMB needs to break even at a revenue of RM510 million to achieve its RM1 net profit target. Anything lower, it will be in the red again," a source told Business Times.

KTMB has been bleeding red ink since it was corporatised in 1992 due to high operating costs. Nevertheless, it did make a net profit of RM9 million to RM15 million from 1993 to 1995.


In 2007, the group posted a net loss of RM116.1 million on revenue of RM349.2 million. It is understood that for 2008, KTMB will post an unaudited loss of RM150 million on lower revenue.

The source said KTMB is still suffering from high operating costs of RM200 million a year despite efforts to lower the expenditure by reducing manpower and stopping non-profit operations.

"KTMB is paying a substantial amount for maintenance of its equipment and machinery. Cost is increasing year-by-year," the source said.

Abdul Radzak had earlier said he was expecting a revenue of RM400 million for KTMB this year, half of which will come from freight, to return to profit.

Its other main divisions are intercity services, commuter services, and property and advertisement.

It expects higher revenue this year from the extension of the Sentul-Port Klang KTM Komuter train services to Batu Caves, and upon the delivery of its first six-car electric train set (ETS) in November, the source said.

The government had ordered five ETS two years ago for some RM250 million, to service the Ipoh-Rawang double-tracking project.
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Old June 7th, 2009, 10:53 PM   #383
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Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double tracking project construction update (7/6/2009)

Construction of Bukit Merah marine viaduct





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Old June 8th, 2009, 03:23 AM   #384
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Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double tracking project construction update (7/6/2009)

Construction of Bukit Merah marine viaduct





This is a new alignment right? Wow! Very clever design to straighten up the tracks. Great updates Tweak.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 03:44 AM   #385
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This is a new alignment right? Wow! Very clever design to straighten up the tracks. Great updates Tweak.
Yes, new alignment...that marine viaduct, is about 3.5 km long

A few more photos of Ipoh-Padang Besar project

Larut Tunnel



Land viaduct passing through paddy field (i wonder do they build this because of soil condition?)





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Old June 8th, 2009, 08:41 AM   #386
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Yes, new alignment...that marine viaduct, is about 3.5 km long

A few more photos of Ipoh-Padang Besar project

Larut Tunnel



Land viaduct passing through paddy field (i wonder do they build this because of soil condition?)






Wow! Nice updates...

With regards to the design on how they came up with pile slabbing this line is because of the soil condition in that area. Cost analysis probably shows that it is more expensive or too long to finish if they will adopt and embankment. Those gravel piling actually being done right now is very effective on soft soil (bearing.. etc.) and settlement is fast however, time is nemisis for this. This billon dollar cannot wait.

It is more very similar to the one we have here in Northrail. Too long to finish the embankment with gravel piling but soil settlement is fast. However, due to time constraint, the Phase II of the project that runs from Malolos to Clark will utilize pile slab similar to the picture to expedite the work. The cost for pile slabbing most of the line lies between embankment and viaduct costs.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 07:24 AM   #387
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PROJECT PROGRESS
Parit Buntar - Padang Rengas
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MARINE VIADUCT WORKS IN PROGRESS



MINING STARTS FROM LARUT SOUTH PORTAL



PORTAL PRE ARCH STRUCTURE – UMBRELLA PIPE INSTALLATION

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PROJECT PROGRESS
Bukit Mertajam - Parit Buntar
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INSTALLATION OF SAND GABIONS



CULVERT WORKS IN PROGRESS

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Old June 13th, 2009, 07:28 AM   #389
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The Electrified Double Track project from Ipoh to Padang Besar (329 Km)

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Sungai Petani - Bukit Mertajam
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SHEET PILING

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The Electrified Double Track project from Ipoh to Padang Besar (329 Km)

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Padang Besar - Arau
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COMPLETED TERATAI LAKE BUND



GROUND TREATMENT WORKS IN PROGRESS

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Did they do jet grouting before in this embankment? The bed appears to be quiet soft.

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PROJECT PROGRESS
Arau - Alor Setar
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GROUND TREATMENT IN PROGRESS

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Did they do jet grouting before in this embankment? The bed appears to be quiet soft.
I have no idea...

Well, do you consider these are the works from grouting?



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I have no idea...

Well, do you consider these are the works from grouting?



Wow! This is even a lot more better than just jet grouting. Firs time to see this kind of soil treatment. This project indeed really incorporate all the latest railway technology the project can adopt. I can say, this is the first in SE Asia. Von Voyage KTM! from Philipines.
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Old June 16th, 2009, 06:14 AM   #395
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Source : http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info...3.htm&arc=hive

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Projek landasan berkembar siap 25%

PADANG BESAR 14 Jun - Pembinaan laluan kereta api bagi Projek Landasan Berkembar Elektrik (PLBE) dari Ipoh ke Padang Besar bernilai RM12.5 bilion, kini sudah lebih 25 peratus siap.

Pengurus Besar Pengurusan Projek Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd. (KTMB), Hilmi Mohamad berkata, projek yang bermula Januari lalu itu dijadual siap pada 2013.

Menurut beliau, pembinaan landasan itu melibatkan beberapa negeri iaitu Perak, Kedah, Pulau Pinang dan Perlis.

"Sehingga 31 Mei lalu, projek bernilai RM12.48 bilion itu sudah siap 25.67 peratus dan kerja-kerja yang sudah disiapkan di Perlis ialah 16.36 peratus," ujarnya.

Beliau berkata demikian semasa menyampaikan taklimat mengenai kedudukan terkini projek tersebut kepada Raja Muda Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail di Stesen KTMB Padang Besar di sini hari ini.

Hilmi memberitahu, projek pembinaan landasan sepanjang 329 kilometer itu terbahagi kepada dua jajaran iaitu jajaran utama dan jajaran Kedah.

Bagi jajaran utama, jelas beliau, ia melibatkan landasan Ipoh, Perak-Butterworth, Pulau Pinang sepanjang 171 kilometer.

Jajaran Kedah pula, kata beliau, melibatkan Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang-Padang Besar, Perlis sejauh 158 kilometer.

Laluan Arau-Padang Besar pula, menurut beliau, adalah sepanjang 35 kilometer dan sehingga kini pembinaannya telah memasuki jarak sejauh 10 kilometer.

Beliau berkata, landasan tersebut boleh digunakan untuk 200 perjalanan kereta api dalam sehari.
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-The progress rate of the construction of Ipoh - Padang Besar electrified double tracking project which costs RM 12.5 billion, has reached 25%

- According to the KTMB project management general manager, the project which commenced in last January, is to be completed in 2013

- The project covers four states, namely Perak, Kedah, Penang and Perlis

- As of 31st May, the project had a completion rate of 25.67%, and works in Perlis state has reached 16.36%

- The project is divided into two sectors, which are the mainline and the Kedah line

- The mainline sector is from Ipoh, Perak till Butterworth, Penang, about 171 km long

- The Kedah line is from Bukit Mertajam, Penang till Padang Besar, Perlis....about 158 km long

- In Arau - Padang Besar section, the route is 35 km long, and at the moment, construction stretches about 10 km long

- The track can be used to handle 200 train journeys on a single day
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Nice progressing!
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I doubt this project is way ahead of schedule. Congrats!
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I doubt this project is way ahead of schedule. Congrats!
I hope there will be less or no delay, because previous projects like Rawang-Ipoh and Klang Valley, did have delays...

In another matter, there is a chance that the double tracking and electrification of the southern line from Gemas (Gemas to Johor Bahru), may proceed....the news will come in the next post...
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Source : http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/ne....php?id=415785

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Chinese Companies May Be Asked To Participate In Double-tracking Rail Project

From Yong Soo Heong BEIJING, June 4 (Bernama) -- Chinese companies may be asked to participate in the completion of the double-tracking rail system in the southern tip of Peninsula Malaysia, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

In a question and answer session at the one-day Malaysia-China Business Forum here today, he said he had touched on the issue of Chinese companies taking part in infrastructural projects in Malaysia during his discussions with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao yesterday.

He said a Chinese company would be involved in the construction of the second Penang Bridge while another would take the majority share in a joint venture related to the expansion of the Mengkuang Dam in Penang.

Najib also said that Chinese companies would be considered for the energy sector in Sarawak related to the Bakun Dam and they would also be invited for the expansion of Malaysia's information communication technology sector.

Earlier, China's Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said in his welcoming remarks that the way forward for China and Malaysia in the current economic downturn was to strengthen their economic cooperation.

There are a lot of areas that the business communities of both countries could collaborate for a better future, he said.

Hui said he took note of Malaysia's Vision 2020 and that China too had a similar time frame to further uplift its development for the benefit of its people.

Later Najib witnessed an exchange of documents of 16 memoranda of understanding between Malaysian and Chinese companies and organisations.

They include INS Bioscience Bhd, which exchanged documents with two parties, the first with Tonghua Dongbao Pharmaceutical Co Ltd to manufacture halal insulin, and the second with a partner in Dalian to manufacture bio-fertilisers.

Jia Yu Home Entertainment Sdn Bhd, which is a collaboration with MDec, signed an agreement with the Nanning and Chengsa TV stations to undertake joint production of the 2010 Chinese New Year "live" broadcast.

CIMB Bank Bhd exchanged documents with Yingkou Co Ltd to complete a 19.99 per cent acquisition of Bank of Yingkou while SP Setia Bhd will team up with Hangzhou Ju Shen Construction Engineering Ltd to develop a piece of land measuring about 12 hectares in Xiao Shan in Zhejiang province.

Another MoU involving property development is related to Dutaland Bhd's joint venture with the BODA Group to develop a 1.3 ha piece of land in Shijiazhuang, a provincial capital within the Beijing-Tianjin area.

Dibena Enterprise Sdn Bhd signed two MoUs, one with Becom Software Co Ltd to undertake a joint venture in smart student cards in Malaysia, and with Beijing Risbo Networking Technology Co Ltd to collaborate in wired and wireless networks in Malaysia and China.

China's Huawei Technologies signed two MoUs, one with Technology Park Malaysia in human capital development for the telecommunication industry, and another with Universiti Teknikal MARA for the same purpose.

Other MoUs include Lion Blast Furnace Sdn Bhd with EXIM Bank China to finance a blast furnace project; Danga Bay Sdn Bhd with Beijing School of Foreign Languages to develop an educational institution in Iskandar Malaysia; Sunzen Biotech Bhd with Regalplus (Beijing) Investment Consultant Co Ltd to supply animal feed additives made from biotechnology; Acacia Cellulose International Sdn Bhd with China National Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Corporation to construct a pulp and paper mill; Bell Corporation Sdn Bhd and Oriental Children Care Green Product Development Co Ltd on marketing personal care products; and Dewan Perniagaan Melayu Malaysia with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade to jointly promote trade and human resource training.

-- BERNAMA
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Tanjung Malim railway station after the commencement of KTM Komuter service in 1st June 2009

Date : 14/6/2009

Banner seen on Jalan Stesen, Tanjung Malim station is probably the only station along Rawang-Ipoh project to feature two entrances with ticket counter on both sides, unlike Ipoh and every other stations/halts in the project...



Car park lot near secondary entrance of the station (Jalan Stesen)



Secondary entrance of the station (Jalan Stesen side)







Ticket vending machines in the secondary entrance



Passenger information board



Exit from the secondary entrance



Main entrance of the station (Jalan Ketoyong side)



Apart from familiar looking turnstiles from Omron, this station also features turnstiles from another brand, unlike the regular Omron turnstiles used on all stations along Rawang - Tanjung Malim route, these turnstiles support contactless card (Touch n Go), but for now...you cannot use it yet...





Separate lane for Touch n Go users



Driving lane in front of the main entrance



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