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Old March 27th, 2010, 04:18 PM   #521
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Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double Track Project (329 km)
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TEMPORARY TRACK WORKS



LAY SLEEPERS FOR TEMPORARY TRACK



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R&R WORKS (IN PROGRESS)

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Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double Track Project (329 km)
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POST TENSIONED BEAM





INSTALLATION OF PARAPET WALL



LAND VIADUCT CROSSHEAD





SUBGRADE



GROUND TREATMENT WORKS



SUB BALLAST PREPARATION COMPLETED

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The RM12.5bil double-track rail project on time


PETALING JAYA: The RM12.5bil project to replace Peninsular Malaysia’s northern railway is progressing on schedule and on budget after an earlier delay in acquiring land, a director said.

Construction companies Gamuda Bhd and MMC Corp Bhd are laying electrified double-tracks along the 329km route connecting Ipoh in with Padang Besar on Malaysia’s northern border with Thailand. This will replace an existing single-track line.

“We are on schedule,” project executive director Azmi Mat Nor told reporters yesterday. “I’m confident this project will be completed according to schedule in December 2013.”

The Government awarded the contract in 2007 and extended its original 2012 deadline after difficulties in acquiring land had caused some initial delays to the five-year project.

Work commenced in early 2008 and 540 work packages, or 90% of the total, had been awarded to 310 contractors and suppliers for various stages of construction.

There had been no cost overruns and if any arose they would be borne by MMC and Gamuda as the contract was awarded by the Gvernment as a fixed lump sum, Azmi said. “That’s the risk we have to take,” he said.

Their partnership, MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, had so far received 43% of the RM12.5bil from the Government, which was in line with project’s progress, he said. — Bloomberg

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Old May 6th, 2010, 07:54 PM   #526
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Double-track project moving as planned
By Adeline Paul RajPublished: 2010/05/06



The Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double-track railway project is expected to be completed as planned in December 2013 without any cost overrun, its main contractor said.

The project, which costs RM12.48 billion and stretches 329km, is a government initiative to improve inter-city rail transport.

It involves replacing an existing single-track line linking Ipoh in Perak to Padang Besar in Perlis. The new tracks are designed to cater for electric train sets with speeds of up to 160 km/hour.

"Progress is good, with 43 per cent of the overall physical work done. We are on schedule to completing it in December 2013 without any cost overrun and with no delays," said Azmi Mat Nor, a director of MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, the main contractor.

One of the reasons he is confident there will be no cost-overrun is that the company has already forward-bought three-quarters of the construction materials needed. This leaves it less vulnerable to future price swings.
"We've already locked in three-quarters of the materials. The rest, we can mitigate it," he told reporters at a briefing on the project in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Cost overrun, if any, will be borne by the company as the contract was awarded by the government on a fixed-sum basis, Azmi added.

The company, a partnership between MMC Corp Bhd and Gamuda Bhd, has so far received over RM5 billion from the government. It started work on the project in early 2008.

Azmi said the project's impact is far-reaching, with the multiplier effect from work packages and jobs awarded expected to generate an estimated RM25 billion worth of downstream economic activities.

It is expected to be one of the biggest money-spinners for the four states which the railway track cuts across, namely Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

It is seen creating 90,000 job opportunities, with MMC-Gamuda alone providing 50,000 of these, he said.

According to Azmi, 540 work packages, or 90 per cent of the total, have already been awarded to 310 subcontractors and suppliers for various stages of construction.
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ETS (Electric Train Set): New rapid intercity trains
Capable of speeds up to 140 km/h

It now reaches 160 km/h!







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Old June 1st, 2010, 06:08 PM   #528
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This is really good news.
Is this a new world record for metre gauge trains?
I thought it is.
The other narrow gauge speed records achieved in South Africa and Queensland were cape gauge.
So, good news not only for Malaysia, but also for the whole 95000km of metre gauge world in various countries.


My hope:
With this success, more countries will only only keep to metre guage, but also use metre gauge to expand their railways.

This may provide impetus for KTM or Malaysian companies like Scomi to spawn a railway R&d manufacturing industry to serve this largely ignored but significant market.

Scomi is already doing turnkey for monorails.

Further R&D may include:
Improving the stability and safety for lower the height and CG of the trains.
Consider using or collaborating to use the Talgo technology.
Hopefully with these R&D, the metre gauge trains can increase their commercial speed beyond 140km/h to say 160km/h.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 01:46 PM   #529
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This is really good news.
Is this a new world record for metre gauge trains?
I thought it is.
The other narrow gauge speed records achieved in South Africa and Queensland were cape gauge.
So, good news not only for Malaysia, but also for the whole 95000km of metre gauge world in various countries.


My hope:
With this success, more countries will only only keep to metre guage, but also use metre gauge to expand their railways.

This may provide impetus for KTM or Malaysian companies like Scomi to spawn a railway R&d manufacturing industry to serve this largely ignored but significant market.

Scomi is already doing turnkey for monorails.

Further R&D may include:
Improving the stability and safety for lower the height and CG of the trains.
Consider using or collaborating to use the Talgo technology.
Hopefully with these R&D, the metre gauge trains can increase their commercial speed beyond 140km/h to say 160km/h.
The other reason why KTM ETS can run conveniently at 140kph is that the double tracks were designed to have a curve of not less than 1200m.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 03:35 AM   #531
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This is interesting to see. I was aware the northern double tracking project was going ahead, but wasn't aware it was essentially a full scale rebuilding of line with new alignments and everything. It's a very promising development.

For KTM the jump in speed is extremely dramatic (old KTM InterCity was sooooo slow), and should lead to a significant increase in intercity travel on KTM. So where now? Talk has been made of further increasing the speed on the route, but I don't think this is a good investment strategy. The speed increase has been dramatic, essentially halving travel times. Squeezing out a few more increases will consume a lot of resources but shave on a fraction more time off the journey, which is poor value for money. Furthermore, I think there are several projects which would brin much grater benefits and make a much bigger impact on travel patterns away from the car-culture.

1. First of all, push forward the Seremban to JB double tracking and electrification as top priority. This is the busiest passenger route and could really benefit from increased capacity. Furthermore, it is essential to the development of other projects.

2. Reinstate the Port Dickson branch as an electrified route. The current (very infreuqent) Komuter Express (KL-Kajang-Seremban)would be upgraded to an hourly service continuing from Seremban to Port Dickson, giving the town an hourly link direct to KL, and provide Seremban and Kajang (busy Komuter stations) with increased frequency and shorter journey times.

3. Reinstate the Malacca branch as an electrified route. One the main line is upgraded, regular intercity trains could run both north to KL and south to JB (ultimately, Singapore) stopping at smaller stops en route. An ideal service pattern would be 1 fast train per hour to KL stopping only at main stations, and one slow train stopping at every station en-route, and the same for southbound services (to JB/SG). This would eliminate the need for a long slow (mel) train route from KL to JB/SG, which would be more prone to delays.

4. Work to compromise with Singaporean authorities on development of the KTM system in Singapore on following issues. This could bring a huge amount of traffic onto the KTM network, benefit the PSA, and alleviate traffic congestion on the causeway. This should ideally be couched as a joint venture between KTM and a Singaporean operator (SMRT or SBST)

4a - Double track and electrify the main JB-Tj. Pagar line, including the causeway. The causeway will have to be widened for this. Singapore would need to permit use of overhead electrification, currently banned on surface tracks.

4b - Jointly run commuter service, Tj. Pagar-Tanglin-Bkt. Timah-Woodlands-JB-Senai-Kulai.

4c - Reinstatement and upgrading of the Jurong docks line for freight traffic, and integrate it into the ASEAN railway scheme for movement of goods.

4d - Redevelop Tj. Pagar station, and return all unused land after these developments to Singapore.

5 - Construction of the proposed new line from Kuantan to Mentakab, but extend this on to Batu Caves (KL). Built to 160kmh electric double track specification for a modern rail link straight to Kuantan. This would instantly reduce travel times on the East Coast Line to KL drastically (hours!), even before anything is done to the ECL itself, and at the same time give direct modern service direct to the main east coast city. This line should link into the Kerteh-Kuantan freight line, with a view to introducing a passenger service further north (perhaps a basic DMU local/stopping service from Kuantan) as well as a through service for freight. Another benefit is that Komuter service could also be brought to the Gombak area, including IIU Gombak, and it would even be possible to extend the Kelana Jaya line slightly to provide a new interchange station in that area.

6 - Improve station facilities at rural halts. With improved frequencies this would be essential in any case but would also serve to heighten awareness of KTM services and offer improved passenger comfort, attracting increased rider ship and improve the overall image of KTM as a modern, sophisticated transport system. A standardised, simple but modern design for a station could be replicated at each halt, keeping cost down and providing a strong KTM "brand". This applies particularly to the ECL, where infrastructure is poor.

7 - Targeted improvements to ECL. Cascade and refurbish WCL intercity stock (displaced by improvements) to ECL services. Targeted improvements to track (replace wooden sleepers and lighter/older rail, new passing places etc.) to bring up speeds to at least 80kmh, and where needed realign track to avoid excessively tight curves.

8 - Extend ECL to Kota Bahru proper with a proper terminus station, with designed track/platform layout to allow for southward extension to Terengganu and Kerteh at a future date.
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The southern stretch of the electrified double tracking project consists of Seremban-Gemas stretch and Gemas-Johor Bahru stretch.

Seremban-Gemas stretch is already under construction, while Gemas-Johor Bahru will come later.

About the Singapore stretch, latest news suggest that KTMB will shift to Woodlands from Tg Pagar by next year and if the future JB-Singapore rapid transit materialises, KTM may opt to move away from Singapore to Johor.

On the east coast line, i just hope improvements can be made to increase the speed and frequency of the line, for example, building passing loops and rebuilding some curves to be less tight...

KL-Kuantan rail line certainly a great idea if ever proposed, as Kuantan is one of the biggest towns on east coast and linking KL-Kuantan will help strengthen rail coverage on east coast, the only thing is that there is Titiwangsa range, that means they need to build long tunnel, if they want to build KL-Kuantan link.

Rebuilding line to Malacca will be good for the future of rail in Malaysia, because Malacca is one of main cities in Malaysia, with sizable population and decent industrial activity, apart from tourism.

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Old June 24th, 2010, 10:07 AM   #533
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125 years of railways in Malaysia

The first railway line in Malaysia, 12.5 km Taiping-Port Weld line commenced operation in 1st of June, 1885.

Here are some trains on display at the KTM 125 years anniversary celebration.

Class 56 steam locomotive, the last steam locomotive used in Malaysia, made in Great Britain, this is the only surviving unit and made in 1946. The top speed is 80 km/h. At its heyday, 40 class 56 locomotives were in service.


Class 25 diesel locomotive, made in Canada in 1990. Top speed is 107 km/h. The output is 1500 HP.


Class 26 (Blue Tiger) diesel locomotive, made in Germany in 2003. Top speed is 120 km/h. It is used for passenger as well as cargo services. The locomotive churns out 3300 HP.


Class 29 diesel locomotive, made in China and delivered in 2005. This locomotive churns out 3300 HP, with top speed of 120 km/h.


This is the ETS (Electric Train Set) capable of running up to 160 km/h, the fastest on metre gauge. On commercial service, it will run at 140 km/h. This train is made in South Korea by Hyundai Rotem and will be used for KL-Ipoh and Ipoh-Seremban routes.

(Note : This is not the first electric train for KTM, because the first electric train for KTM was introduced back in 1995 to serve as commuter train around Klang Valley)



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Old June 24th, 2010, 11:10 AM   #534
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Wow can this Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double Track Project be used for HSR?

This is 30 years better than what we have in the Philippines
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The southern stretch of the electrified double tracking project consists of Seremban-Gemas stretch and Gemas-Johor Bahru stretch.

Seremban-Gemas stretch is already under construction, while Gemas-Johor Bahru will come later.
Good to hear, I knew the project was on the the cards, but didn't know the work was already in progress. 140kmh EMU service to JB every hour, perhaps? Now that would be sweet!

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About the Singapore stretch, latest news suggest that KTMB will shift to Woodlands from Tg Pagar by next year and if the future JB-Singapore rapid transit materialises, KTM may opt to move away from Singapore to Johor.
Yeah my post was semi-fantsy. I've followed the arguments over moving to Woodlands for years. I think it was always inevitable due to the politics, but is ultimately a mistake, largely of Singaporean making that I think the SG gov't will come to regret in the future. The potential of the KTM network in Singapore was totally overlooked in SG government rush to cash in on "railway land". Should have been more constructive in their diplomacy.

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On the east coast line, i just hope improvements can be made to increase the speed and frequency of the line, for example, building passing loops and rebuilding some curves to be less tight...
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KL-Kuantan rail line certainly a great idea if ever proposed, as Kuantan is one of the biggest towns on east coast and linking KL-Kuantan will help strengthen rail coverage on east coast, the only thing is that there is Titiwangsa range, that means they need to build long tunnel, if they want to build KL-Kuantan link.
There would be a lot of tunnelling, but it would kill four birds with one stone, putting Kuanatan on the rail map, and delivering the biggest single reduction in both journey times and actual route distance on the ECL for journeys to KL and the north that any one project would make. And iwith a link to the Kerteh line, Petronas goods by rail straight to the west coast. Plus you instantly get the first 70km of a "real" East Coast Line, Kuantan to K.Terengganu

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Rebuilding line to Malacca will be good for the future of rail in Malaysia, because Malacca is one of main cities in Malaysia, with sizeable population and decent industrial activity, apart from tourism.
Government spend fortune on upgrading Malacca airport, but leave the old rail alignment abandoned, whilst upgrading the WCL... With the train, easy to get to KL and KLIA - no need for Malacca airport then.
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Heritage Tourism: Chugging into oblivion

Our railway legacy may end up in history books, not tour brochures
Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

SINCE its early days, the consolidation of various State railways and subsequent privatisation of Malayan Railways, the nation has yet to see a dedicated and complete railway museum.

This would include its steam and diesel locomotives which are rusting away in many places without roof and weather protection. There is also no known railway-turntable existing when it was once an engineering marvel.

Tourists, especially rail enthusiasts from overseas, have often lamented both on the Internet and when visiting Malaysia, that there is nothing to see of the old railway. For instance, no steam locomotive tours are available in Peninsular Malaysia.

Instead, they are encouraged to go to Canada, the Americas, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, continental Europe, India and Sri Lanka for such experiences, such as the steam-run Hill Railways in India which is among Unesco's World Heritage Sites.

The most sought-after rides include the Indian cross-continent route on the ‘Viceroy of India’; the China to Tibet railway ‘Journey to the Roof of the World’ right up to Lhasa; the Great Canadian railroad experience in the Canadian Rockies; and ‘The Orient Express’ train from Singapore to Bangkok.

There are no such touristic rides Malaysia despite the general rail infrastructure being widely available.

There was once such a heritage steam locomotive rail tour service in Malaysia using refurbished steam locomotive No. 564.36 named ‘Temerloh’, but this ride operated by the Peninsular Line service has since been discontinued.

In Sabah, there is the North Borneo Railway by Sutera Harbour Resort and Sabah State Railway Department which operates steam locomotive tours but it has been suspended for upgrading works.

Malaysia has no dedicated heritage lines as even the Port Weld-Taiping line — the nation's first railway — and the Seremban-Port Dickson stretch have not been declared as such.

In other developed countries, rail heritage tours are packaged and sold globally to tourists interested in seeing a nation's interior for scenic views that even off-road travel and jungle-trekking would not afford them.

With the double-tracking system being installed, I wonder how many historic stations and bridges across rivers and hillside tracks would be bypassed, abandoned or scrapped. Even the historic Bukit Berapit tunnel may not be preserved.

The nation was recently shocked to read about the 'missing' colonial-era iron bridge over Sungai Kerian without any plan to restore or rebuild it. It should have been classified a historical site under the Heritage Act 2005 of the Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry.

Other railway bridges requiring heritage classification and protection are the Victoria Bridge in Karai, Perak, built in 1897, and Guillemard Bridge in Kelantan opened for use in 1925.

In fact, the Railway Administration headquarters building itself is also under threat of being sold to the private sector.

Another heritage pearl set to be lost for good is the Penang Hill Funicular Railway system in operation since 1923 which has been mentioned as one of the world's existing historic hill railway systems.

Almost every nation in the world has a funicular hill railway system and Malaysia has lost its own and probably for good, all because of a worn-out cable that needed replacing.

It has not even been considered under the Heritage Act 2005 list.

Perhaps the Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd, Tourism Ministry, Transport Ministry, Muzium Negara, Badan Warisan Malaysia, and local universities' history, social science and engineering schools can do something about this, and plan and coordinate coherently to preserve our rail history and assets as well as to begin operating a steam-train service to the interior, modelled on Sabah’s North Borneo Railway, before it is too late.

It has been reported that Malaysia will host the Railway Tourism 2010 Conference in December and that studies have shown that the nation’s tourism revenue may increase by RM100 million annually if this sector is fully tapped.

As a supporter of heritage rail tourism, I look forward to the gathering and that all matters highlighted in this letter be looked into, including commencing the operation of steam and diesel locomotives on scenic railway routes in the country and the Heritage Act 2005 being invoked to protect heritage railway lines.

The heritage railway tours can be easily integrated with connecting coach travel to our local world-class tourist resort destinations to ensure the rail services' economic viability and increase tourist arrivals.

To achieve this, it is vital that there are active governmental measures in place. It is also necessary that the chronicling and recording of the way of life and daily experiences of our railwaymen, including pioneering railway-building workers and their families, by our local universities social science and history faculties be undertaken.

Conservation efforts must be taken by both the public and private sectors before it is too late for the nation to act.

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ETS Technical Specifications
Source: http://www.ksdr.org.my/2009/12/ktmb-new-ets.html

Maximum operation speed : 140 km/h
Maximum design speed : 160 km/h
Passenger capacity : 350
Length : 138 m (6 car train)
Weight : 231.8 tons
Carriage dimensions
Length : 22.95 m
Width : 2.75 m
Height : 4 m

Ipoh Railway Station
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Understand this train was manufacturered by Rotem.

Before deciding on this, were there other models from other manufacturers considered?

Moving forward, are there other models from other manufacturers considered?

This design with a height of 4 metres seem rather tall. Considering that it is a metre gauge. I wonder what is the impact on stability. Some Jap trains are about 3.5m. How are about Talgo?
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Source: http://www.ksdr.org.my/2009/12/ktmb-new-ets.html
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Interesting, the bodies are almost identical to the Irish Rail Class 22000 diesel multiple unit, also built by Rotem. The Irish railway system runs on a 1,600 mm guage, so quite a difference from metre guage!

The 22000s run at speeds of up to 160 km/h, and are used on inter-city and long-distance commuter services. They sets come in three varieties: 3-car, 6-car Intercity, and 6-car high-density (for commuter services), and have almost completely replaced traditional locomotive-hauled trains in the Republic of Ireland.

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