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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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Railway line upgrading work faces delay
Tuesday June 30, 2009

Inspecting:pairin (fourth from left) with Infrastructure Development assistant
minister Pang Nyuk Ming (left) and Sabah Railways Department officers
inspectin the railway track at the Rayoh, Pangi near Tenom recently.

KOTA KINABALU: Borneo’s only railway line is still struggling to get back into business as an upgrading and modernisation project is facing delays.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the technical problems including geographical features were causing delays in the completion of the 134 km line upgrading works that was supposed to have been completed by August 2008.

“Even though there are delays due to technical problems, works are still going on smoothly,” Pairin said after making a working visit to the railway project.

He said they were facing technical difficulties particularly in shifting the railway lines along the Beaufort Pangi stretch.

This was due to lack of land space to make adjustments around hilly area.

“Another delay in laying the new lines is in the Petagas area where a school access road sits on the railway line reserve,” Pairin said, adding that steps were being taken to address the problems.

The upgrading project involved changing 60lb railway tracks to the 80lb tracks similar to the one used currently by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB).

The upgrading works that started in Nov 2005 also included building 10 new stations and upgrading three other stations along the railway track from Kota Kinabalu to interior Tenom.

He said the stations that had been completed was the stretch from Tenom - Panie - Rayoh - Halogilat - Saliwangan - Beaufort - Membakut - Bongawan -Kimanis - Papar while works for the Kawang Kinarut - Tanjung Aru stretch was still underway.

He said under the modernisation plan, Sabah Railway Department would purchase two locomotive Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) for passenger services and two locomotives for cargo, apart from obtaining three KTMB rail coaches that were being refurbished.

``With the new, units we will be able increase our capacity to 210 passengers with the new DMU compared to the current capacity of about 100 passengers in one trip.

“I am sure the number of people using the services will increase once upgrading works are completed,” he added.

The rail services between Tanjung Aru and Papar has been suspended since the upgrading works started andrail service is available only between Papar and Tenom.




Padas River : famous borneo White Water Rafting, Sabah

Upgrading station

Upgrade Railway Track & Structures

Tanjung Aru Railway Station
The only steam locomotive operate in Malaysia!
by Eddy of

From the net


Tanjung Aru Railway Station
just around KKIA terminal 2

by Henry & Tersia[email protected]/2789798151/

Tanjung Aru Railway Station ;)
by kkboy

Sarawak’s railway dream
By Samuel Aubrey Thursday, August 6th, 2009

FOR YOU: Jabu (right) hands over a book on ‘Pehin Sri Abdul Taib and the
Emergence of Modern Sarawak’ to Rahim at the end of their discussion.

KL said to have responded positively, at least in SCORE area
KUCHING: A railway system for Sarawak now looks set to be realised within the next 15 to 20 years.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, who is also Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication, yesterday held a discussion with Deputy Minister of Transport Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri on the possibility of building the railway system.

Speaking to reporters later, Jabu said the federal government, represented by Rahim, had responded positively to the idea.

He also said the railway system is now at planning stage, and could be included in the proposal of projects from Sarawak in the 10th Malaysia Plan or 11th Malaysia Plan.

“The first priority for the railway system, as mentioned by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, will be in the areas under SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy).

“The locations have yet to be identified, but because of the intensification of activities within SCORE area, priority will be on the transportation of goods and bulk cargo from the industries to the other areas,” he said.

Jabu said the railway system may also link the ports of Bintulu, Similajau and Tanjung Manis, all of which will be the entry and exit points for materials and products either going in or out of industries in SCORE.

He also did not dismiss the possibility of the railway system to be the next public transportation for Sarawak, although he was quick to stress that the main priority would still be on transportation of goods and cargo.

Rahim, a Sabahan, welcomed the plan by Sarawak to have its own railway system.

He said he hoped to see the two East Malaysian states to be eventually linked by railway in the near future in line with the 1Malaysia concept.

He said the linking act would be a logical move because Sabah already has its own railway system that now runs for about 200km.

“In respect of railway transport, I think this is the area which Sabah and Sarawak can look at. Because in many developed countries, railway transport system is always the backbone of the main transportation system, whether it is in Europe, China, India, America or Australia.

“For the future of land transportation system in the land of Borneo, I think it is good to have initial planning. As you know, our Trans-Borneo road is more or less completed, but the railway system can facilitate the movement of goods between the states, and eventually will be linked to the southern part of Borneo.

“It is good to have this sort of beginning. Maybe in the next 15 to 20 years there will be a lot of development towards this effect,” he said.

Foreseeing a railway system connecting Sabah and Sarawak within the next 100 years, he said rail services were proven to be a cheaper mode of transport, more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Relating the Sabah experience, he said the Sabah State Railway, a state-owned agency, recently received RM400 million from the federal government to upgrade its services.

The railway in Sabah runs through Kota Kinabalu, Beaufort and Tenom.

To another question, he said it would be up to Sarawak to decide if its railway system would be funded by the federal or the state governments.

He added that it would also take a lot of political will to get the idea realised within the soonest time possible.
Sabah State Railway (SSR) formerly known as North Borneo Railway

The railway is now operated by Sabah State Railway Department, which is an arm of the Sabah state administration.

Current rehabilitation work on the railway is however being handled jointly by SSR along with Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), the corporatised (but wholly federal government owned) railway operator for the railway network in Peninsular Malaysia. Despite this, SSR is still operationally and administratively completely separate from KTM, and uses different operational equipment.
state-owned agency? i thought KTM has bought Sabah State Railway from state government lah....

KOTA KINABALU: The State Infrastructure Development Ministry yesterday disclosed an exciting plan to build a central railway station for Sabah at the existing 50-acre site of the Tanjung Aru Railway Station.

The detailed Development Plan of the “Aeropod Project” based on the name of the railway station will be officially unveiled in conjunction with the launch of the Sabah Development Corridor by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Abdullah Badawi on January 29.

The private-funded project is estimated to cost around RM600 million and will include shopping arcades, hotels and art galleries similar to the development concept of the KL Central railway station.

“The whole idea of the Aeropod project is to create a transport hub for Sabah where when one only needs to get to the Aeropod and be connected to almost every part of Sabah on various modes of transportation,” said Minister of Infrastructure Development Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah.

He was speaking when receiving a courtesy call from the China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry (Group) Corporation (China South Locomotive) at his office in Sembulan here.

The project as part of the State government’s ambitious plan to establish a complete railway system connecting the entire state as an alternative mode of transportation and a crucial transport system to propel greater economic development for Sabah.

The project has been awarded to SP Setia Bhd, a public-listed company.

“It is a very good concept and the investor’s willingness to invest such a huge amount of money in Sabah reflects their confidence in the State government under the leadership of Datuk Seri Musa Hj Aman as the Chief Minister of Sabah,” Tan pointed out.

The project is expected to start work as soon as it is officially launched and is expected to take between 3 to 5 years to complete.

Tan said once completed, the project will transform the existing Tanjung Aru railway station into a modern and dynamic transport hub besides generating socio-economic development to Tanjung Aru and the entire Kota Kinabalu city.

On the expansion program for the Sabah railway system, Tan said the railway is another important mode of transportation besides road, air and sea and it should not be neglected in the development of the state.

He was convinced that if properly planned and executed, it will be a key feature in ensuring the future success of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) program.

Recognising this, the Ministry has recently through its consultant firm Glitteria Sdn Bhd invited the China South Locomotive to Sabah to look into the possibility of assisting in the expansion program.

A feasibility study on the expansion program is currently being carried out. It will connect Tanjung Aru to Keningau, Tawau and Lahad Datu, as well as to the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) probably using the railcar so as to better ease traffic congestion in the city.

There is also a plan to build a new railway linkage from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan and a feasibility study on it will be carried out in the near future.

Tan is convinced the China South Locomotive can play an important part in the expansion program, citing its expertise and experience in the locomotive and rolling stock manufacturing industry.

The company’s Area Manager and Overseas Business Department Head, Wang Gang earlier noted that its credentials include a part in the world’s highest railway project, the Qingzang Railway.

Also present at the occasion were State Railway Department general manager, James Wong, China South Locomotive’s project manager, Chen Peifeng, its design department engineer, Yang Qi and Loh Boon Sue, director of Glitteria Sdn Bhd and Tan’s press secretary, Lee Tink Loi.

Tanjung Aru Railway Station

Aeropod Train Station
Tanjung Aru

Project to transform the only steam locomotive in Malaysia to the modern train.
The project also upgrade the current train station in Tanjung Aru as transportation hub.

Shock of the nation here!!! :speech:
Many thanks Thomas.A :)
The old Sabah State Railway pics..
From flickr

Another Sabah State Railway pics.!

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