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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
Putatan
Kinarut
Kawang
Papar
Bongawan
Membakut
Beaufort
Saliwangan
Halogilat
Rayoh
Pangi
Tenom

> http://www.sabah.gov.my/railway/
> http://www.northborneorailway.com.my/
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Found this map on FB posting. It seems the British had proposed the railway lines between Jesseton - Kudat / Sandakan via Marudu and from Jesselton to Tawau via Tenom. Hope the current GRS govt revisit again KK - Kudat railway link after the Covid-19 crisis.

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credit : Daniel Doughty FB
Sabah State Railway in its current management may not be able to undertake huge expansion, let alone cover the cost of expanded operation. IMO, the railway department should be privatised before any talk of serious expansion. One thing to expect when a public entity is privatised is that fares will become more expensive - this is to be expected because as a private entity, government subsidies to cover operational cost can no longer be guaranteed.

If there is a feasible expansion of current railway system, I think it will be limited to the west coast for the time being, from Kudat all the way to Sipitang (extension to Lawas and Brunei could be possible). This corridor (Kudat - Sipitang) is where most of the population in Sabah resides. Topography is roughly less hilly and flat.
^^ on the contrary, I think privatising JKNS/SSR now would be a death sentence given the state of its assets and infrastructure. If anything it needs a state funded expansion drive to give itself a solid base to stand on. At this stage I doubt that it can run commercial services on a regularly scheduled basis, and the current schedule is already quite sparse.
While it's not feasible to fully privatize SSR in its current state, what the state government can instead do is to incorporate SSR into a GLC. This way they can detach SSR from state public sector (SSR employee is still considered as civil servant) while still maintain equity control. On the SSR side, they can try to commercialize their services to at least try to balance the book. They can also hire their own people and aren't as much concerned about keeping deadwood around as SSR is basically a place for keeping deadwoods, alongside state library and state archive department.

Just focus on both Hagoliat and Melalap railway rehabilitation first. Those fancy dreams to build railway all the way to Kudat and beyond can wait.
Also, please get more coaches for services in Tenom and surrounding area. No need for DMUs. Just some unpowered coaches pulled by locomotives will do. These people rely on trains to market their agriculture produces as well as getting supplies from Tenom to their own villages
You could take a service out of civil service
But you can't take the civil servants out of the service.IfIfnything those employee would just act the same as before. Just look at KTMB.

personally, at it current length EDTP is probably a good option, it would cost around 4 billion or so and turn it into a commuter services. KTM komuter is almost a profitable service.

At the very least in few years after upgrade it would stop being in the red and thus more attractive option for extension or privatization.
While it's not feasible to fully privatize SSR in its current state, what the state government can instead do is to incorporate SSR into a GLC. This way they can detach SSR from state public sector (SSR employee is still considered as civil servant) while still maintain equity control. On the SSR side, they can try to commercialize their services to at least try to balance the book. They can also hire their own people and aren't as much concerned about keeping deadwood around as SSR is basically a place for keeping deadwoods, alongside state library and state archive department.

Just focus on both Hagoliat and Melalap railway rehabilitation first. Those fancy dreams to build railway all the way to Kudat and beyond can wait.
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Halogilat-Tenom railway upgrade expected to be completed early 2022 – Henry
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 18, 2021, THURSDAY AT 4:51 PM
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 18): The project to upgrade the Halogilat-Tenom railway track in Sabah is expected to be ready early next year.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong said this is one of the two priority projects, to upgrade the infrastructure for better railway services in Sabah.

The other project is the procurement of three sets of diesel multiple units as well as six non-powered car units, which is also expected to be completed early next year.

Henry said this during the oral question-and-answer session at the Dewan Rakyat, today, when replying to a question by Noorita Sual (PH-Tenom) who wanted to know the initiatives undertaken by the federal government to upgrade the railway transport services in Pangi, Tenom.

Apart from that, Henry said the additional upgrading works for rail transport services in Gorge Line, Sabah, between Halogilat and Tenom stations, are expected to be ready this year.

He said the project under the 11th Malaysia Plan is 99.5 per cent-ready.

“This project (Gorge Line) has received an allocation of RM2 million for 2022 for account certification and final payment,” he added. – Bernama
Railway tracks between Kota Kinabalu and Kudat at planning stage
KOTA KINABALU: A proposal to build railway tracks from Kota Kinabalu to Kudat at an estimated cost of RM5 billion is still at the planning stage.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said a study would be conducted along with the proposal to build a statewide railway system to service wider areas including the interior and the east coast region.

"An allocation of RM1 million has been provided for this study under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP). This research project will be implemented early next year 2022," he said in his winding up speech at the State Assembly sitting.
In the efforts to upgrade the entire railway track, he said, works were being done to improve the 1.8km-long Tenom railway track by the state Railway Department.
Bung Moktar, who is also the state works minister, said the project, estimated at about RM5 million, was expected to be completed in October 2022.
However, he said the proposed railway track connecting Tenom and Melalap, which would cost about RM50 million to implement, had been cancelled.
The cancelled project had been replaced with others including the procurement of one locomotive, six units of diesel multiple unit (DMU), semi automated tamping machine, composite sleepers and shuttle bus, which would boost efficiency, safety and consistency of the Railway Department to benefit more train commuters in the state.
Full article : Railway tracks between Kota Kinabalu and Kudat at planning stage | New Straits Times
Good. I don't see the need for Melalap station other than for nostalgia purpose
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