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Old August 5th, 2012, 05:16 PM   #681
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Old August 14th, 2012, 03:03 AM   #682
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KUALA LUMPUR (July 31, 2012): The feasibility study on the East Coast Rail Route, covering Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan, has been completed, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak announced today.

He said the rail route would be built in phases, starting with Phase 1, spanning a 109Km rail track from Kertih to Kuantan.

The proposed route is 600 kilometres in length, from Kuala Lumpur to Tumpat, passing through Mentakab, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Baharu, he said.

"The massive project will have a significant impact in terms of improving East Coast Economic Region's (ECER) connectivity with the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and expediting economic growth within the region," he said in a statement after chairing the ECER Development Council meeting here today.

Najib, who is also the council's chairman, earlier chaired the council's second meeting for the year.

The prime minister said Phase 1 of the rail route project would help improve linkages between the various industrial areas within the East Coast Economic Region Special Economic Zone such as the Gambang Halal Park, Kemaman Supply Base and Ship Repair.

The Gebeng Integrated Petrochemical Complex, Pekan Automotive Park and the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster and the Kuantan Port, which would ultimately enhance the port's competitiveness, would also immensely benefit from the project, said Najib, who is also Finance Minister.

"The proposed rail system for the east coast will provide a major boost for investors as businesses will be able to significantly reduce their costs by using this cost-effective and efficient mode of transport, which is also more environment-friendly," he added.

The feasibility study on the integrated rail route started in 2009. – Bernama
That's fantastic news! I'm assume that the initial Kerteh-Kuantan stretch mentioned in the report will be taking advantage of the existing Petronas freight alignment? I hope we see swift progress on this and not the wrangling over contractors again like we have before. Kuantan and K.Terengganu will really benefit from this project.
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Old August 17th, 2012, 07:06 AM   #683
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EDT [Ipoh - Padang Besar]
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The construction of Tasek train station for the north bound is speeding up. Will it be completed by this year end?
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Old August 19th, 2012, 07:24 AM   #684
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KTM - Electrified Double Track Between Seremban-Gemas

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New Batang Melaka Station


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Old September 21st, 2012, 02:15 PM   #685
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Electrified Double Track Project between Ipoh - Padang Besar (329km)
A unique RM100mil movable swing bridge over the Prai River in Butterworth.

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Old September 25th, 2012, 10:19 AM   #686
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SPOTLIGHT: Engineering feats on new railway line
By Ooi Tee Ching 25 September 2012 | last updated at 08:22AM
http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general...-line-1.148067



(From left) MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture senior manager Mohd Nizam Daut,
assistant signalling manager Sri Viknesh Permalu and tunnel manager Ng Hau
Wei at the Berapit tunnels during visit to Eletrified Double Track Project
between Ipoh & Padang Besar of MMC-Gamuda, which hold the record as the
longest twin-bore tunnels in Southeast Asia. Pic by Yong Chee Choong


CONSTRUCTION GLORY: The Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double-tracking project is now 88 per cent complete. Ooi Tee Ching meets MMC-Gamuda executives in Taiping and gains an insight into the construction feats in this 329km railway stretch

IN giving a new lease of life to the decades-old KTM Bhd tracks, the electrified double-tracking project (EDTP) will see a new double-sided "spine line" traversing across Perak, Kedah, Penang and Perlis.

There is also a "spur line" that branches out from Bukit Mertajam to Butterwoth and rejoins the main line at Penanti.

Besides laying fresh tracks, the EDTP involves the construction of 15 new stations, eight halts and three depots.

The twin tracks will run into tunnels, across bridges, flyovers and underpasses. There will also be pedestrian and motorcycle crossings to ensure a safe journey for commuters and heavy cargo.

"We're adopting a multi-layered construction approach," said MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd senior manager for planning and control Mohd Nizam Daut.

He said the construction sequence started with the foundation for the railway tracks. This was followed by stations and lastly, the installation of the signalling systems. "To save time, we did this simul-taneously in all four states," he said.

Present at the interview were MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture tunnel manager Ng Hau Wei and assistant signalling manager Sri Viknesh Permalu.

Ng said the 3.3km Berapit tunnels, built underneath a hill, currently held the record as the longest twin-bore tunnels in Southeast Asia.

The 9m wide tunnels were constructed using the "drill and blast" method because Bukit Berapit is mainly granite rock. The twin tunnels span 1km underneath Federal Route 1 and the North-South Expressway.

In implementing the "drill and blast" approach, the engineers drilled a few holes into the rock surface and packed small amounts of explosive into them. These are then detonated and the rubble removed.

"We then reinforced the tunnel surface to secure the excavated site. This was done repeatedly for 2km," Ng said.

Successful execution depended on the location and depth of the holes. The right amount of explosives placed in each hole was determined by a carefully devised pattern, which together with individual explosions, yielded a horseshoe-shaped tunnel.

At stretches where the tunnel alignment is just 3m from the surface of Federal Route 1 and the NSE, engineers used mini-tunnel boring machines.

Moving on to another site, Ng said the single-bore 343m Larut tunnel was the first railway tunnel constructed for electrified trains in the country. The structure is the world's largest pipe arch built with a record 2.38 million man hours without a single fatality.

Another engineering feat is the 3.5km Bukit Merah viaduct, the longest marine rail-bridge in Southeast Asia.

The foundation of the marine viaduct consists of 900mm reinforced concrete spun piles plunged into the lake to support the piers.

Crossheads and T-beams were then installed on top of the piers. A total of 920 "T-beams", each weighing 45 tonnes, were placed 15m apart on each of the 230 spans.

"Logistics and transportation were a big hurdle. All materials had to be shipped to the site before construction could begin. Furthermore, we adhered to strict water quality control by the Department of Environment and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage," Nizam said.

It was imperative to preserve the lake's pristine water as it supplies thousands of households in the Kerian district, including irrigating the padi fields in the surrounding area.

The Ipoh-Padang Besar project has now entered its final phase -- the systems stage. When met in Penang recently, a Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV representative, the main contractor, confirmed that the installation of the railway's operating systems was ahead of schedule.

The electrification and signalling design for the operating systems is now more than 70 per cent approved by the government. The first of the nine feeder stations -- which power the main lines -- at Lahat has been energised.

All components are ready to be deployed to Sungai Siput, Taiping, Bukit Merah, Simpang Ampat, Tasek Gelugor, Gurun, Tunjang and Bukit Ketri.

Viknesh said railway signalling was a system used to control traffic and prevent trains from colliding. All over the world, the centralised signalling system is touted as being at the forefront of train safety technology as it is designed to be failsafe, eliminating chances of conflicting commands.

Viknesh said the EDTP had presented many challenges. "It has been a steep learning curve, but at the same time, we also feel honoured to be contributing to the nation's economy."

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Bukit Berapit Twin Bore Tunnel Entrance

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What a pity, after all the effort, investments and downtime to double track and electrify, it a metre gauge system; while Vietnam, thailand and even some African countries are moving towards the standard gauge progressively.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 03:55 PM   #689
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I'll believe it when I see it in Vietnam and Thailand...so far all they actually have are pie in the sky projects, much like Malaysia's own high-speed rail to Singapore project...so in real life they are very much on equal footing in regards to standard gauge, with a massive difference in speed, capacity & eco-friendliness in favor of Malaysia's current REAL project.
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Update on Bukit Berapit Twin Bore Tunnel (3.3km)

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PARIT BUNTAR STATION
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The railway station employs extensive use of architectural louvres and roof overhang to ensure adequate natural light and ventilation.



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Bukit Mertajam Station, Penang
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BUKIT MERTAJAM STATION
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So huge...Kuala Kangsar Bandar Diraja Station U/C

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RAILWAY STATIONS IN ROYAL TOWN
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The design of the railway stations in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, Alor Setar and Kangar. The architectural layout is similar to the rest of the railway stations. However, the elevation and architectural treatment of the stations take a more Islamic decorative approach.

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By the way, here's a photo on the new Butterworth railway station in construction. It is from http://zkeretapi.blogspot.com/, and this photo is taken and belongs to the owner.



BTW, I think it may or may not be part of Penang Sentral.
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http://nry.com.my/transportation4.html
The design of the railway stations in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, Alor Setar and Kangar. The architectural layout is similar to the rest of the railway stations. However, the elevation and architectural treatment of the stations take a more Islamic decorative approach.

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Taiping Station (from Taiping - Port Weld Basikal Adventure)

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*LOVE* the K.Kangsar station design! By far the best of the new station designs so far. Should have done something more like this for KL Sentral.
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It is so sad that this modernization would include the closure of scenic Bukit Berapit pass (also known as Taiping pass).

I wish if KTM or government changed their mind and retained this line for tourism purpose. Or at least using the line for conventional intercity train.
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New Ipoh-Padang Besar station progress

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Parit Buntar new station

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