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Sabah State Railway (SSR) is a railway system and operator in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. It is the currently the only rail transport system operating on the island of Borneo. The railway consists of a single 134km line from Tanjung Aru, near Kota Kinabalu, to the town of Tenom, in the Interior Division. It was formerly known as North Borneo Railway.

Locale Sabah, Malaysia
Dates of operation 1896–present
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 33⁄8 in) (Metre gauge)
Length 134 km
Headquarters Kota Kinabalu

The route
Main stations are indicated in bold.
Tanjung Aru

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the symbol for the north borneo railways and Sabah State Railways reminds me of something.....wonder what it could be???? (cough...London...cough...under....cough....ground) :lol:

Cheers, m
max speed, not max. cruising speed. Figure it will probably be around 80km/h cruising?

Cheers, m
haizzz, 100km/h only...probably because of the terrain?
Good point. But before anyone complains about Malaysia's railways, do remember that they were built for the movement of freight - mostly tin - and meter gauge is suitable for freight railways which do not have to move that fast.

being able to move freight at upwards of 100km/h (since a good portion of KTMB's train movements will be freight for a very long time) is a big deal too. :banana:

Cheers, m
There is an explanation for this.

If Malaysia had standard gauge (1,435 mm) built before say....electrified double tracking project (Padang Besar - Johor Bahru) which is considered as upgrade of course, then for sure, our railway line speed will be at least 200 km/h, as in the UK (limited by signalling).
hahahaha not likely. The British still have a huge population and lots of wealth to invest in their own country.

And Malaysia's annual budget contains a huge portion of disguised welfare - for politicians, corporations, cronies and civil (government, not public) servants.

Malaysia has had 50+ years to reorient the tracks towards the movement of people as well - but it seems that there is a lot of internal pillaging going on.

Cheers, m

ps. the best thing about the British is that they know how and when to take back their government.
Railways built by our former british masters were built mainly to pillage our natural it is not oriented towards people movement!!

But no worrries, the British is going bankrupt :lol:..payback time and we'll see more of them become beggars with deep painful cuts into their welfare system which is as big as our annual budget!!!
Got a question about the status of the railway from a person who is planning an upcoming trip to Sabah in November 2011

He and his father (a former railway engineer & Manager of the North Borneo Railway) are hoping to ride the railway.

I think there should be no problem from KK to Beaufort - hopefully service past Beaufort will have improved by November 2011.

Any information you have is very welcome. I also directed him to this forum, so we might be able to get some information from his father about his experience on the railway.

Cheers, m
That's wonderful - do you have a link with the information? I told that questioner that I'd update him as soon as I got information.

Cheers, m
It is official, The railway service will resume on 21st February 2011 From Tanjung Aru to Beaufort. New trains will be used for the service. For promotional purpose, free tickets would be available from 21st until 27th. For those living in KK, take this chance for a free ride!
If (from what I see above) the Aeropod is going to be located at the existing Tg. Aru train station site, will they build a new station across from the Kota Kinabalu Airport Terminal?

I'd love to see a tramlink from the Airport to Kota Kinabalu town - stop at Tg. Aru for the tourists & railway users as well.

Cheers, m
Aeropod Project
That is a great photo.

I wonder if there are times when the train flies past traffic congestion. One of the best reasons to take the train.

Cheers, m
Great article on the North Borneo Railway

Great article on the North Borneo Railway
Vulcan chugs on (NST, 5 August 2011)

The recently-revived North Borneo Railway steam train evokes the romanticism of a rail journey during the colonial days, writes ROY GOH

AT RM250 per person, the cost of a seat on board the newly-revived North Borneo Railway steam train in Sabah may be hefty but do consider the privilege of being aboard the last of a dying breed of iron horses, the Vulcan Steam Engine 6-016 train.

This Vulcan 6-016 engine is maintained with spare parts salvaged from another similar engine owned by the Sabah Railway Department plus other parts bought from elsewhere. — NST pictures by Roy Goh.

The leisurely ride is set in classic colonial-style setting, with first-class treatment. Coffee is served using colourful made-in-China flasks, with rice and dishes in tiffin containers being its signature style.<!--more-->

Tiffin containers are used to serve a selection of dishes to passengers on board the train. Image courtesy of NST.

The popular steam train service with a whistle, a joint venture between the Sabah Railway Department and the Sutera Harbour Resort, came back on track on July 1.

Revived in 2000 after it was decommissioned in the 1970s, the service ceased about five years ago when the Railway Department closed the railway tracks for an upgrading project which was finally completed last year.

The 50km journey from Tanjung Aru, here, to Papar and back, takes about four hours and is scheduled every Wednesday and Saturday.

The Vulcan Steam Engine 6-016 train at the turntable in Papar for the return trip to Tanjung Aru. Image courtesy of NST.

As for the majestic 1954 engine which was manufactured by the Vulcan Foundry Ltd at Newton-le-Willows in Lancashire, United Kingdom, it is the last of a fleet of locomotives which plied Sabah from the late 1880s. It is also among a handful left in the world.

The existing Vulcan 6-016 engine is maintained with spare parts salvaged from another similar engine owned by the department plus other parts bought from elsewhere.

The classic ride takes passengers past five stations -- Tanjung Aru, Putatan, Kinarut, Kawang and Papar -- as well as a 450m-long tunnel, with panoramic scenery and endless waves from children who wait in anticipation of the train on its journey at villages or in schools.

The North Borneo Railway steams out. Image courtesy of NST

Waiter Jual Hussin, 42, who wears an eye-catching all-white ensemble of knee-length shorts and shirt paired with long socks and a hat, spoke passionately of serving over 10 years aboard the five 16-seater carriages.

"This is one of the few steam powered locomotives left in the world and for anyone, who gets a seat on board, it is a rare privilege.

"I am from Tanjung Aru and I grew up within sight and sound of this train. I take working on board the Vulcan with pride because it is like preserving a legacy of our past. The big plus is we get to share it," said Jual.

It’s tea time on board the Vulcan Steam Engine 6-016 train. Image courtesy of NST.

A spokesman for Sutera Harbour Resort said the railway service was one of its most popular products before it was stopped for upgrading works in 2007.

"Since we restarted the service, the response has been overwhelming and we even have charters or block bookings for the schedule runs," she said, adding that the Vulcan still had a lot of good years of service ahead of it.
Now ... when will the Sabah Government restore the rails between Tg. Aru & Kota Kinabalu and offer a combined Airport Railway and Commuter railway service?

Cheers, m
apparently there are more than 100 illegal crossings.

Sigh...even the media is calling the "unmanned" instead of using "illegal".

Cheers, m
Just make all illegal crossing to be as a legal automated level crossing...cost less, maintenance less....:cheers:
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