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Old July 6th, 2010, 06:07 PM   #541
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That what I thought, that the ETS may not be optimised for metre gauge.

If in spite of this it can still do 160km/h (or 140km/hr at operational max), then I'd hope that at some point in time, an optimised metre gauge train can either achieve speed higher than 160km/hr, or the same speed at greater comfort and safety.

I thought the Talgo design may have great potential for an optimised metre gauge design considering its following unique strength:
- low floor (i.e. low C.G.),
- natural tilt.

Comments, please; especially experts of Talgo.
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Old July 7th, 2010, 07:21 AM   #542
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Source: http://www.ksdr.org.my/2009/12/ktmb-new-ets.html
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KL-Ipoh rail trip in 2 hours
2010/07/06

KUALA LUMPUR: The Electric Train Service (ETS) which will reduce travel time between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur to just two hours from three hours previously, is expected to be fully operational by mid-month.
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) president Dr Aminuddin Adnan however, did not reveal the exact date of the launch of ETS.

"We are targeting professional groups and businessmen, besides the regular users of public transport, to use the service. With a speed of 140kph, ETS will definitely reduce travel time, and the service of stewards and stewardesses will also provide comfort to passengers.

"In the future, we will also provide wi-fi facilities in the train and we are in the midst of getting the right service provider."

Eventually, he said, the ETS would also be expanded to Seremban.

Aminuddin said there were five ETS trains which would provide eight return trips for the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh route daily, with the first train leaving at 5am and the last, 11pm.

On the fare, he said, KTMB was still waiting for approval from the Transport Ministry, adding that it was expected to be between RM30 and RM35 per trip.

Aminuddin said KTMB had prepared an organised maintenance system for the ETS to ensure that it would not face similar problems as its existing train services.

"It is easier to maintain the electrical system with an organised maintenance plan.


"We hope to be able to provide an efficient and hassle-free train service, as compared with the commuter and inter-city train services."

He said each ETS train was also equipped with closed-circuit television cameras to monitor the safety of the passengers, besides having the capacity of 350 passengers per trip. -- Bernama
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Old July 7th, 2010, 08:29 AM   #543
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That what I thought, that the ETS may not be optimised for metre gauge.

If in spite of this it can still do 160km/h (or 140km/hr at operational max), then I'd hope that at some point in time, an optimised metre gauge train can either achieve speed higher than 160km/hr, or the same speed at greater comfort and safety.
During some tests, the train is capable of reaching 160 km/h.



Even the infrastructure is built for 160 km/h operation.

Some Japanese trains (1067 mm gauge) are closer to 4 m in height too.

E655 series for example, with 3.94 m in height (top speed is 130 km/h)

http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/JR%E6%9...9B%BB%E8%BB%8A

At the moment, the top speed on KTM is 120 km/h, on KL-Ipoh run hauled by diesel locomotives.

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Old July 10th, 2010, 09:43 PM   #544
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I remember reading on the old KTM website (can't find the projects section on the current one) that the original plan was for 16, and ultimately 32 trips per day. Does anyone know if that is still on the cards, or if KTM is simply waiting for another batch of ETS sets? The NST article makes no mention of a future frequency increase.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 04:28 PM   #545
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I remember reading on the old KTM website (can't find the projects section on the current one) that the original plan was for 16, and ultimately 32 trips per day. Does anyone know if that is still on the cards, or if KTM is simply waiting for another batch of ETS sets? The NST article makes no mention of a future frequency increase.
I am not sure.

The ETS service might be extended to Butterworth (Penang) when the Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double tracking project completes.

In that sense, they have to order more ETS sets for that purpose, but no news about that at the moment.

The KL-Ipoh diesel train service will remain in service even when the ETS service commences.

This is the new schedule for KTM in August 2010 (excluding ETS).

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Old July 21st, 2010, 09:50 AM   #546
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KL-Ipoh electric train to run soon
By JAGDEV SINGH SIDHU Wednesday July 21, 2010

PETALING JAYA: The RM6bil Ipoh-Rawang rail track, which was completed in 2007, is set to see its maiden electric train service to Kuala Lumpur soon.

However, critics have warned against any delay in kicking off operations along the rest of the electrified rail artery in Peninsular Malaysia once construction is completed by the end of 2013.

They said electric train sets (ETS) should be ready for deployment once the Ipoh-Padang Besar stretch is completed by 2013 and the link between Gemas and Johor Baru expected to be ready around the same time, so that billions of ringgit of infrastructure funded by taxpayers did not lay idle and under-utilised.

The embarrassing delay in the start of the new train services along the upgraded Ipoh-Seremban stretch was the result of improper planning but this should not occur again once the remaining double-tracking project in the peninsula is completed.

A source said money for new ETS had been allocated under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) and their construction would take about two years.

“The lesson from that mistake has been learnt,” he said, referring to the late utilisation of the completed Ipoh-Seremban track.

Given that it takes 24 months for the ETS to be built, orders would theoretically go out by the end of next year for the trains to be used on the electrified double tracks once built in three years.

Currently, the MMC Corp Bhd-Gamuda Bhd consortium is upgrading the 329km Ipoh-Padang Besar stretch for RM12.5bil.

The RM3.45bil Seremban-Gemas electrified double-tracking project was awarded to Ircon International Ltd and is scheduled for completion in 2012. The RM8bil Gemas-Johor Baru electrified double-tracking project has been slotted for award under the 10MP.

The understanding is that the project for the Gemas-Johor Baru route, which could be awarded soon, would be completed by 2013.

The value of the ETS order should be large, considering that many train sets would be needed to ply along the spine of the peninsula once all three components of the electrified double-tracking project are completed.

Reports indicated that KTM Bhd (KTMB) is set to launch a rail service using ETS soon which would cut the current travel time from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur to two hours.

That service, which is now due to start 2½ years after the electrified tracks were completed, would be extended to Seremban.

KTMB was reported to have ordered five six-car ETS for RM250mil in 2007 to service the 300km route between Ipoh and Seremban.

The travel time would be reduced by an hour and the ETS can carry 350 passengers, which is 100 more than the current trains do.

KTMB could not be reached for comment.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 04:33 AM   #547
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Sentul - Batu Caves electrified double tracking project has been completed.

It serves as an extension for the commuter train service from Port Klang to Batu Caves.

The line was opened for free ride from Thursday. The free ride will last until 4th August 2010.

These are my photos.

Date : 30/7/2010



Sentul, the new station building.


Batu Caves station





Onboard the train (Batu Caves to Taman Wahyu)


Taman Wahyu station









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Old August 1st, 2010, 09:20 AM   #548
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@ KL Railway Station

i couldn't recall correctly, but it seems that 2nd picture were used in this forum without any proper credit given. it was taken in my gallery as below;
http://mytraingallery.fotopic.net/p62550557.html

appreciate if you can clarify on this matter. do contact me ([email protected]) for futher info on the usage of the image. i would appreciate a proper credit to be given, at least a link to my gallery
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Old August 3rd, 2010, 12:40 PM   #549
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This is skyscrapercity Forum and this thread is about showing the development of Malaysian railways to the world. If you're a Malaysian, you should be proud of our country and her innovation. Although so I realised that your picture really should be properly linked by the http://www.ksdr.org.my/2009/12/ktmb-new-ets.html. You should ask them where they got the pic.
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Old August 10th, 2010, 06:49 AM   #550
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Three-hour train rides from Ipoh to Seremban start Wednesday
Tuesday August 10, 2010



Electrifying experience: An attendant welcoming newsmen on the brand new
electric train at the KTM station in Kuala Lumpur during a familiarisation tour
Monday. — AZHAR MAHFOF / The Star


KUALA LUMPUR: Starting Wednesday, the public will be able to travel by train from Ipoh to Seremban in just three hours.

The Electric Train Services (ETS) will begin its commercial run with 10 trips between Ipoh and Seremban with a six-month promotion rate of RM30 one way.

A 40% discount would be given to children under 12, the physically-challenged and senior citizens.

KTM Bhd president Dr Aminuddin Adnan said it would take only two hours from Ipoh to KL at an average speed of 110kph and up to a maximum of 160 kph.

“We hope that the public will find this service safer, faster and more comfortable than driving,” he said during a familiarisation trip for 200 business and professional individuals yesterday.

Dr Aminuddin said each 350-passenger coach would have disabled-friendly features, closed-circuit television cameras for passenger safety, overhead compartments, a food and beverage section and WiFi connections coming soon.

The ETS will stop in Batu Gajah, Kampar, Tanjung Malim, Kuala Lumpur, KL Sentral. Bandar Tasik Selatan and Nilai on its Ipoh-Seremban route. The journey will begin at 4am from Ipoh and 9.59am from Seremban.

Five trains will depart from Ipoh and Seremban daily. This will be increased to eight runs each in November.

Dr Aminuddin added that plans included extending the service to Padang Besar and Johor Baru by 2013 and setting up a business class section for each coach soon.

Former Universiti Malaya staff Kamsiah Ali lauded the disabled-friendly features.

“Not only are the washrooms disabled-friendly, but the floor is level and it’s safe for people like me who use walking canes,” Kamsiah said.

Malay College Old Boys Asso*ciation executive secretary Mohamed Ghazali Kamal Baharein hoped that the service would be kept punctual for business people, who had tight schedules.
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Old August 13th, 2010, 07:32 AM   #551
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Double-track project to be completed by December 2013
By SHAUN HO Friday August 13, 2010
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...988&sec=nation

PETALING JAYA: Half of the structural works between Ipoh and Padang Besar has been completed.

Work on the Electrical Double Track Project – including earthwork, soil treatment and construction of elevated viaducts – is currently at 52% and is expected to be completed by December 2013.

Also in an advanced stage of completion are four of the project’s main features – the 3.3km long Berapit twin tunnels, the 300m Larut twin track tunnel, the 27km land viaduct in Perak and the 3.3km marine viaduct over the Bukit Merah lake.

These Malaysian engineering feats will replace many railway structures built during British colonial times.

The 3.3km Berapit twin tunnels, which is 59% ready, is said to be the longest of its kind in South-East Asia. A 2.2km section will run through Bukit Berapit, and a 90m section under the North-South Expressway.

The tunnel will be built using the cut-and-fill technique, where sections of earth are excavated and the tunnels built in the pits before the ground is filled in.

The 10m-high, 13m-wide Larut twin track tunnel has been fully excavated and is awaiting surfacing and systems works.

A new 90m swing bridge over the Prai river in Penang is in the early stages of construction and is expected to be completed next year.

Work on loop tracks around the main train stations to merge with the existing single track line has begun, but track laying work will only be in full swing early next year.The specially laid rails will enable the electric high-speed trains to travel up to 160km an hour.

Undertaken by MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, the RM12.5bil project began in January 2008 and was slightly delayed last year by land acquisition problems.
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ETS concession fare until next year
By LESTER KONG Friday August 13, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: The Electric Train Services (ETS) RM30 concession fare has been extended to Feb 28, to ensure cheap rides throughout the festive season from Hari Raya to Chinese New Year next year.

“ETS is a much awaited service by the rakyat and they have responded well since Monday,” Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said when launching ETS’ commercial operations yesterday.

With the ETS, passengers can get from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh in just two hours.

The full journey, from Seremban to Ipoh, takes three hours.

Kong said the ministry had also set a maximum limit of 20sen per km to be implemented after the end of the concession period.

“The rates will be raised after the concession period. But maybe not to 20sen per km, maybe only 18sen,” he said.

A one-way trip at 18sen per km from here would cost RM45.40 to Ipoh and RM21.10 to Seremban, Kong estimated.

However, these fares would not take into account a RM4 fee for reservation and air-conditioning.

“There are some additional char*ges but we are studying it. We have not confirmed anything yet,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kong said the proposal to put a co-driver or a chaperone on school buses to prevent children from being victimised had to be studied.

“We can suggest a lot of things but we have to consider the cost and practicality,” he said.

He was commenting on a suggestion by Women, Family and Com*munity Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil last week to have chaperones as a safety measure.

Kong said that a better way was to teach children about the risks to their safety, including sexual harassment.
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Old August 14th, 2010, 09:18 AM   #553
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First day of ETS commercial run. KL-Ipoh.

Date : 12th August 2010

ETS ticket office at KL Sentral (Kuala Lumpur)


Platform 2 of KL Sentral


The journey



Top speed, 140 km/h on metre gauge.


Arrive at Ipoh station (Perak state)


ETS ticket office at Ipoh station (Perak state)
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KTM banks on double tracking
By JAGDEV SINGH SIDHU Saturday August 14, 2010

THE next phase of the public transportation upgrade in Malaysia has kicked off with KTM Bhd launching its electric train service between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh. But the biggest challenge for the railway operator is to prove that the electrified double tracking project will not be a white elephant.

KTM, which will undertake a restructuring to return to profitability, is counting on the double tracking project to deliver earnings, and to do so, it is making sure the tracks are well utilised. “This is a good investment by the Government,’’ says KTM president Dr Aminuddin Adnan.

He dispels concerns that the hugely costly project will be a waste, as he says demand for rail services in the country currently exceeds supply. To match the demand, KTM will be ordering 40 more locomotives, both electric and diesel, to meet the increased capacity brought on by the double tracking project from the start of 2014.

The company will be looking at utilising solely electric trains along the electrified tracks, given the lower cost of operations. The diesel locomotives being ordered will be used for the non-electrified portions of the peninsula’s rail network.

The northern section of the double tracking project will be completed by end-2013 and the line to Johor Baru by 2016.

The MMC Corp Bhd-Gamuda Bhd consortium is working on the double tracking and electrification of the 329km Ipoh-Padang Besar stretch for RM12.5bil.

In terms of significant structures along that stretch, the consortium, as of July, has completed 43% of the tunnelling works (the 3.3km Berapit tunnel and 300m Larut tunnel) in Perak, 36% of structural works for new Swing Bridge in Prai, Penang, and 73% of the Bukit Merah viaduct in Perak.

Ircon International Ltd has bagged the RM3.45bil Seremban-Gemas electrified double-tracking project, which is scheduled for completion in 2012.

The final link for electrification and upgrade is the Gemas-Johor Baru stretch. The cost of that package is reported to be RM8bil and it is slated for completion under the 10th Malaysia Plan. The contract will be awarded soon, reports say.

The double tracking project is expected to ferry more passengers along the railway lines of the country, and is off to a good start with the rail service between KL and Ipoh fully booked during the intital stage.

However, industry experts say most of the demand will be concentrated in selected areas closer to the urban centres. “The Ipoh to KL route and the outlying suburban areas should see healthy passenger travel,’’ said a source.

KTM is hoping that with the faster travel offered by the electric train sets (ETS), people will switch from cars, buses and aeroplanes to rail.

One other benefit KTM has in that regard is that train stations in the major stops along the route are located in the centre of town, which makes travelling and access much easier for train passengers.

KTM, which Aminuddin says is seeing an annual traffic growth of 10%, is expecting that rate to increase once it allows other operators to ply its routes. “We are looking to do that so KTM can get more than the 10% growth,’’ he explains.

Currently The Eastern & Oriental Express (E&O) operates an independent train service between Singapore and Bangkok, carrying passengers in luxury on a scenic ride through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. KTM gets a fee for allowing the train to use its tracks.

Another reason why he feels people will make the switch is because of the increasing cost of fuel. With fuel prices expected to increase in the future domestically, Aminuddin hopes people will instead rely on trains for their current transportation needs.

While getting more people on trains would be important, it is essential for KTM to get more freight onto the rail tracks as freight services account for the bulk of the company’s revenue. Revenue from intercity travel and the commuter service, if added together, is however higher.

But industry officials say there is an ready market for freight to be carted along the tracks once the double tracking project is completed. “There is good freight forecast from Port Klang and the inland port at Nilai,’’ says a source.

Its been pointed out that the adoption of “metre gauge” tracks allows for freight trains to continue operating on the new double tracks alongside the passenger-use ETS.

KTMB is said to currently run 37 freight services daily, of which about 70% are concentrated in the northern sector. “There is a ready freight market that will utilise the double track in the northern region as Penang Port is the only available port to Thailand that’s located on the west of the peninsula,’’ says a source.

Upgrades at Penang Port, along with its supporting infrastructure, is being undertaken to add capacity for handling an expected boost in freight once the double tracking project for the northern stretch is completed.

Aminuddin adds that the electrified double tracking project can also draw more cargo into Malaysia from southern Thailand.

The improvements the double tracking project will bring offers KTM an opportunity to return to profitability. That task, however, will be tough to accomplish. But Aminuddin, who says a restructuring exercise is in the pipeline to make the company more efficient and profitable after 2013, believes the lower cost of operating electric trains will help.
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Thumbs-up for new Seremban-Ipoh train service
Story and photos by CHARLES FERNANDEZ Saturday August 21, 2010



PASSENGERS were pleased when they boarded the train from Seremban to Ipoh in the newly launched Electric Train Service (ETS).

Beginning from the Seremban station, there were only fewer than 10 passengers, but when the train — looking like an upgraded version of the present KTM Komuter trains — approached the Nilai and Bandar Tasik Selatan stations, there were many waiting on the platform to board the ETS.

This ETS was much awaited by the people. The response, especially from KL Sentral onwards, was encouraging as it took passengers to Ipoh in just two hours.

The inaugural train service from Seremban at 5.55pm on Aug 12, took just 45 minutes to KL Sentral and the full journey to Ipoh was less than three hours.

Previously, it took passengers who travelled on the shuttle service, about three hours from just Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh.

Passengers who were on the inaugural Seremban-Ipoh route when interviewed said the service was excellent. They hope the ticket price would be capped at RM38 to encourage more people to use the service.

Currently, there’s only one service — at 5.55pm but travellers can look forward to a 10.55am service which is scheduled to be launched soon.

More importantly, the passengers were relieved that the ETS has finally taken off. It was supposed to have started in December last year. Then it was postponed to April, July and finally the first week of August.

Passengers were on a promotional rate of RM30 for the KL-Ipoh route and RM38 for the Seremban-Ipoh route.

The promised wifi connectivity was not available and the food bar in the middle coach was not operational yet.

Once these are in place, passengers who decide on this mode of transport fear that it would not be at the promotional price any more. They fear that there could be an increase in the fare when the promotion ends in February next year.

The ETS RM30 concession fare from KL-Ipoh has been extended to Feb 28 to ensure cheap rides throughout the festive season from this Hari Raya right up to Chinese New Year next year.

Normdas Khairul, 29, a lecturer in Alor Gajah, was the first to buy an ETS ticket at the Seremban counter. He said the service was a blessing as he was a frequent traveller to Batu Gajah.

“Prevously, it would take me more than six hours, now it is all done in less than four hours, It is cheaper, faster and a convenient mode of travel. I hope they will keep the ticket price low to encourage more users,’’ said Normdas.

As for Hizam Harun, 52, and his wife Khalidah Hasiah, 49, from Butterworth, the ETS has reduced their travelling time.

“We used to drive twice a month to visit my son who is studying in a college in Malacca. Now I just have to drive until Ipoh and hop onto the ETS. It is so convenient. At least I can relax for three hours before getting to Malacca,’’ said Hizam.

The couple took the ETS from Ipoh in the morning and were back in Ipoh on the same day.

University Islam Antarabangsa student Muhd Hazziq, 19, was on the ETS for the fun of it.

“I love to try anything that is new. My college is in Nilai and I stay in Kuala Lumpur. I went to Seremban just to try the ETS and did not mind paying the RM16 fare. Usually my fare is RM4.70 from Nilai to Kuala Lumpur on the komuter,’’ said Muhd Hazziq.

He said he would keep the ETS ticket as part of his collection.

Like Muhd Hazziq, Normaliana Roslan, 20, from Uniten in Bandar Muadzam Shah in Pahang and who was travelling to Ipoh, said the ETS was more comfortable than the bus.

Australian Tom Ord, 59, and Briton Tom Harvey, 49, said although they found the service convenient, they were, however, disappointed because there was no wi-fi service.

“Due to the nature of my job, I use the laptop most of the time. I travel often and hope the next time around, there is wi-fi connection,’’ said Harvey.

Ord was, however, disappointed because there was a lack of signages and information at KL Sentral to inform passengers the time the train was arriving.

“The area was also dark and I had to move through several barricades to get to the platform. The lack of information on the new services was rather disheartening,’’ added Ord.

Another passenger S. Kanapathy, 36, loves the comfort and the fact that he can keep his schedules.

“The fare at RM30 is reasonable. Hopefully, they would cap it at that. I am home every weekend. Usually I take the shuttle service and now the ETS saves me time. I hope the ETS keeps to its schedule,’’ said Kanapathy.

As for Yvonne Blake, 50, she was just checking out the ETS.

“I drive to Ipoh during weekends to vist my parents. If the train can reduce my travelling time, then I would just forget about driving,’’ said Blake.

Other passengers said they opted for the train because of the availability of toilets compared with express buses on long journeys where they had to stop at rest areas along the highways.

The ETS is equipped with two unisex and two disabled toilets, a buffet carriage, two closed-circuit television cameras per coach and two liquid crystal displays per coach, for advertising and information purposes.

There are five sets of six-car trains and it stops at Nilai, Bandar Tasik Selatan, KL Sentral, Tg Malim, Tapah, Kampar and Batu Gajah stations.

For more information, visit, http://www.ets-train.com.my/
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Old September 8th, 2010, 11:43 PM   #556
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Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double Track Project
(329 km)

Ipoh-Padang Besar project 52pc complete
Published: 2010/09/09



The electrified double-tracking project (EDTP) between Ipoh and Padang Besar is 52 per cent complete.

The RM12.5 billion project kicked off on January 8 2008 and is slated for completion in December 2013.

The EDTP, which covers 329km of double tracks, is the largest ongoing infrastructure project to date.

The railway lines run across the four northern states of Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

It is designed to cater to electric trains capable of speeds up to 160km an hour, which will boost inter-city rail transportation.

Works on a 27km land viaduct, 3.5km Bukit Merah marine viaduct, Larut tunnel and Berapit twin-bore tunnels of 3.3km in Perak, and the new Prai Swing Bridge in Penang are in various stages of completion.

Various soil treatment methods are being carried out at all open locations, depending on the soil condition.

Utility and drainage works are also being done.

The main contractor is MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 09:16 AM   #557
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This is skyscrapercity Forum and this thread is about showing the development of Malaysian railways to the world. If you're a Malaysian, you should be proud of our country and her innovation. Although so I realised that your picture really should be properly linked by the http://www.ksdr.org.my/2009/12/ktmb-new-ets.html. You should ask them where they got the pic.
thanks for the advice. now i know who is the person posted my image in the this forum. he is from KTM Railway Fan forum member. i'll inform him accordingly.
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Old September 21st, 2010, 04:11 PM   #558
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An iconic train station for Sentul
Monday May 10, 2010
By PRIYA MENON Photos by ONG SOON HIN



Futuristic: A view of the aerodynamic roof
of the newlyrefurbished Sentul KTM station.


THE Sentul Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) station will be sporting a chic new look next month.

YTL Corporation Berhad deputy managing director Datuk Yeoh Seok Kian unveiled the station’s new amenities in an exclusive interview with StarMetro recently.

The most impressive feature of the Sentul KTM station is its futuristic aerodynamic roof.

“The first thing you will see when you head into Sentul is the station so we wanted to make it iconic. It is one of the first transformations in the area,” said Yeoh.

The refurbishment also spells good news for the disabled community as it will cater to their needs.

The station not only sports disabled-friendly ramps, escalators and lifts but also tact tiles for the blind. All these will ease their worries about getting lost or needing assistance.

The original Sentul train station, built in the 1900s, was used as a central workshop and depot for the (Federated Malay States).

It was upgraded under the 6th Malaysia Plan (1990-1995) to accommodate the KTM Komuter services and a link with the newly-built KL Sentral station.

Despite the improved train services provided by the double tracks, it sorely lacked features associated with a modern train station.

However, since Sentul Raya Berhad (a collaboration between KTMB and YTL) stepped in to build the new station, all these problems have been addressed.

It is now an integral link to the new Sentul-Batu Caves Electrified Double Tracking project.

Work on the station began in February 2009 at a cost of RM21mil while the entire line from Sentul to Batu Caves cost RM551mil.

Situated in the heart of Sentul, the station which sits on 6.6 acres of land will soon sport bridges connecting Sentul East and Sentul West.

“This will allow residents to use the link bridges to cross over from both Sentul East and West at their convenience,” said Yeoh.

The link bridges located on the upper concourse shares a space with the ticketing kiosks previously located on the ground floor.

There will also be retail kiosks, a cafeteria, a VIP room, crew rooms on the ground floor as well as public washrooms for commuters.

“We have also ensured designated drop off areas for buses and taxis along the station.

“This will ensure there is no traffic congestion along Jalan Perhentian and the Jalan Haji Salleh loop road,” he added.

The architects and engineers have made the station sustainable in the long run, incorporating environmental concepts like skylight and cross ventilation.

“The new station and project was designed to celebrate rail travel. It was built for the people of Sentul, the less affluent and the more affluent,” he added.

For Yeoh, however, the most important feature is the hassle-free journey to Jalan Ipoh and Batu Caves.

He said the ridership would increase from 700 to 800 passengers per day to an estimated 3,400 per day.

“There are 620,970 residents in a 5km radius and they will all benefit from the new train line.

“We have built four pedestrian bridges along the new 7.5km double- tracking project to Batu Caves and five elevated roads over rail bridges,” he said.

Yeoh said once the station and the Sentul-Batu Caves line were completed it would be a hub for the future Sentul.
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Ipoh (Perak) - KL - Seremban (Negeri Sembilan)
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