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    Malayasian railways update

    Now that most of the double tracking is done north of KL there are more trains running and there will be more in the future.
    Extra trains now from Butterworth to Padang Besar & vv
    Butterworth to Ipoh & vv
    Butterworth to KL & vv.

    There is still the fast, frequent Ipoh -KL service

    Trains no longer run to Singapore. They stop at Johore Baru's JB Sentral.

    There are a few shuttle trains running from there to Woodlands. Not that good but you avoid the crowd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikem View Post

    Trains no longer run to Singapore. They stop at Johore Baru's JB Sentral.

    There are a few shuttle trains running from there to Woodlands. Not that good but you avoid the crowd.
    Interesting. That train line has been a sore point for Singapore for decades. The line, and the land on which the tracks lie is (was?) Malaysian. So there was a little thread of Malaysia running all the way into the heart of Singapore.

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    The Kuala Lumpur–Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project was announced by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib in September 2010 and is proposed to connect Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru with Singapore.[1] On February 19, 2013, Singapore and Malaysia had officially agreed to build a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore by 2020 at a meeting between Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak in Singapore. [2]

    The construction of the railway is expected to start in the third quarter of 2015

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuala_...igh_Speed_Rail

    So 90mins from KL to SG.
    Lang may yer lum reek...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    Interesting. That train line has been a sore point for Singapore for decades. The line, and the land on which the tracks lie is (was?) Malaysian. So there was a little thread of Malaysia running all the way into the heart of Singapore.
    my first visit to thailand involved catching the train from bangkok-butterworth, butterworth-kl and kl-sg. three days of travelign and very relaxing. Its a shame the last leg has gone.

    the animosity between those two nations is something to behold. whilst I was there there was news footage of a political rally in jahor baru where everyone was chanting lets turn teh water off.... as in turn off the raw water supply to sg. my sg host was chick to point out just how stupid this was by pointing out that as part of the deal to get water from malaysia, sg supplied jb with free treated water and what the fools were in effect shouting was 'lets stop drinking water'.

    I can only imaging that sg give malasya an eye watering deal to get that thin strip of land off them.
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    We got a train from Malaysia to Singapore a coupls of years ago. Are you sure it's no longer running?

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    I runs over the bridge to the Singapore Checkpoint.

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    The Malaysian long distance trains don't continue beyond JB.

    There are a few shuttle trains that start at JB then run over to Woodlands in Singapore and return.
    New shuttle train service runs 14 trips a day

    Starting today (1 July), Singaporeans (and Malaysians) sick of squeezing with everybody else on their Northern Pilgrimage now have another way to visit

    Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), Malaysia’s train provider begins the Woodlands – Johor Bahru shuttle service today. The shuttle service runs 14 times a day (7 times per direction) and costs SGD5 for the trip from Woodlands, and RM5 (SGD1.79) from Johor.

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    So 90mins from KL to SG.

    Not sure it will be that fast but those trains north of KL run a lot faster and smoother than before.

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    KUALA KANGSAR Malaysia yesterday started its first electric train service (ETS) linking Kuala Lumpur to the town of Padang Besar at the Thai border.

    A one-way trip will take four hours and 45 minutes, and cost RM81 (S$29), officials say. A trip by car from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar, located in Perlis state, would take at least two hours more. The regular train ride between the capital and Padang Besar takes 10 hours.

    The new service will cover 28 stations along its route, including Ipoh. The trains can travel at speeds of up to 160kmh.

    That includes the side trip to Butterworth so that quick time from KL to JB looks about right.

    Nice new train

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    KL 9.30 am - Butterworth 13.15 - Padang
    Butterworth 7.30 am - Padang

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    The Shuttle KTM Komuter service for northern states will start operating from September 11, which is this Friday, Bernama reports. This comes after the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) gave the green light.

    The three-coach Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains will ply the Kamunting-Butterworth-Gurun route and it will stop at 11 stations, namely Kamunting, Bagan Serai, Parit Buntar, Nibong Tebal, Simpang Ampat, Bukit Mertajam, Bukit Tengah, Butterworth, Tasik Gelugor, Sungai Petani and Gurun. The 144 km route will take two hours end to end.


    There will be 12 services daily – six from the Kamunting station and six from the Gurun station. According to KTM’s schedule (pic above), the first train leaves Kamunting station at 5.25am, while at Gurun it’s 5.16am. The last train from both stations depart at 8.25pm and 8.16pm respectively. The interval is three hours.

    Adult fares range from RM1 to 10.50 for a one-way trip and concession fares (50% off) are also being offered to senior citizens, the disabled and children between four and 12 years old. Weekly and monthly passes are available for frequent travellers.

    http://s1.paultan.org/image/2015/09/...ra-850x433.jpg

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    Kamunting is the stop for Taiping.

    Gurun is a nice little town with a very high limestone hill. It also is one end of a canal that runs to Alor Star. Its a bit run down.

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    That hill behind Gurun is Gunung Jerai - at 1,175 metres the highest point in Kedah. There's a fairly OK resort at the top, The Regency (something something), where the air temp is quite a bit more tolerable than the steamy lowlands at the base.

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    Penang Ferry Shuttle Bus Service



    14 September, 2015


    The walk from Butterworth Railway Station or Bus Station to the ferry terminal (Penang Sentral) can be tiring for some with 2 bridges to cross. There is now a free shuttle bus service linking the railway station directly to the ferry fare gates, and from the ferry’s arrival road to the bus station.
    Each bus seats 10 passengers, operating at 15 minutes intervals. 6am - 9pm.

    The waiting area is just outside the railway station.

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    I took the train from Singapore to KL in January this year, mistakingly thinking it would be more comfortable for elderly parents than flying.

    Almost 7 hours in a dirty air refrigerator sums it up. Tickets were about 150 sd each I think.

    The journey was eased by taking along a very nice packed lunch with wine

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    The top photo is the new train
    The bottom photo from January train
    They are adding more new trains as they pass the tests.

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    The top photo is the new train
    The bottom photo from January train
    They are adding more new trains as they pass the tests.

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    Most Malaysians and foreigners have enjoyed the RM35 one way KLIA Express fare for the last 14 years and come this 1st January 2016, the KLIA Express ERL Train will have a new ticket price of RM55.00 one way which is a huge RM20.00 increase from old KLIA express price of RM35.00 one way.

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    Richard Hoskins - Author

    That should be KTM website not MTM

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    Some classic Malaysian business deals here

    Both the Malaysian and Singaporean governments have come to a consensus on the alignment of the 330km high-speed rail (HSR) linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, and have decided on two services, one being a direct service linking Kuala Lumpur to the island republic, and another with transit stops in between. “We are envisioning to start with two services – one that will go directly to Singapore, and another that will stop with transit services in Bandar Malaysia, Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya, and then [across the causeway to] Singapore... even with the stops in between, we will have express services that do not stop,” MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal told The Edge Financial Daily in an exclusive interview.



    Questions over the supposedly high price tag have been raised lately, as about nine years ago, in 2007, conglomerate YTL and its technical partner, Germany’s Siemens AG, put in a proposal to build the HSR or bullet train linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore at a cost of only RM8 billion. How the price of the HSR has escalated to the current level of RM70 billion is not clear.

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    I do like Train travel but given the cheap cost of flying these days one really only does it if doing short trips or loves to take a train.

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    Malaysia had to improve the trains to get traffic off the roads.
    Passengers and freight.
    Last edited by mikem; 06-01-2016 at 10:59 AM.

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    Butterworth more than a one track mined?

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    There are a few tracks running into Butterworth and a bypass at Bukit Mertajam.

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