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KTM Update: Butterworth railway station pulled down for development – but not for Penang Sentral

TRANSIT recently took note of these articles announcing the demolition of the Butterworth Railway station as part of the Electrification & Double Tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar.

The old Butterworth Station will be replaced with a new railway station – one that will presumably be designed to accommodate more electric train services as well as the proposed “Komuter Utara” service (more like ETS but still important) that would service the Northern Corridor Economic Region.

But do not confuse the new Butterworth station with the Penang Sentral project that will be coming up nearby. Penang Sentral is a commercial development with an attached bus hub, while the railway station will be somewhat separate.

End of the line for train stop (The Star Metro North)
Tuesday August 23, 2011

Earmarked for demolition: The old railway station had served Penang for 44 years. Image courtesy of The Star.

BUTTERWORTH: The 44-year-old Butterworth Railway Station will soon be pulled down to make way for a multi-million-ringgit state-of-the-art replacement. Continue reading KTM Update: Butterworth railway station pulled down for development – but not for Penang Sentral


Press release from Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV regarding the Ipoh-Padang Besar EDT Project

TRANSIT took note of this press release from Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV, which is working on the Systems Package for the Electrification & Double Tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar.

The project, as you know, is a significant investment in KTM railway operations since it will allow a ten-fold increase in train movements – making freight and intercity services more reliable and allowing the opportunity for commuter-rail services as well.

Date: 11th August 2011
Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV Sdn Bhd reported today that it has achieved over 20% progress in delivering the Systems Package of works for the Northern Double Tracking Project which runs from Ipoh to Padang Besar in Malaysia.

The Systems Package of works includes the signalling, communications and electrification of the railway line and is the last of the elements to be installed as part of the 329km double tracking project, which is due for completion in December 2013.

BBASJV’s Project Director, Conrad Fawcett, commented “With the majority of the design completed and shipments of materials now arriving, we are now turning our attention to the installation phase of the works. Our Engineering, Planning and Construction teams are working very closely with the Main Contractor, MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, to ensure that we utilize every opportunity for early site access as this will benefit the project as a whole when our installation works are at peak.

We have established three operational depots along the route for material storage and plant maintenance, and we have our specialized plant ready for installation works once the tracks have been laid” offered Fawcett. “We had one or two issues in the early stages with development of design as one can expect in a project of this size and complexity. However these have been resolved and we are fast working towards total design approval.”

This project is part of a larger railway investment by Malaysia to create a modern and efficient double track railway connection between Johor Bahru and Padang Besar, with the long-term objective of establishing a Pan-Asian Link connecting Singapore to Kunming, China.


We have high hopes for this project, and also look forward to better communications & information sharing with the companies involved in the railway industry in Malaysia.

KTM Update: Consider our heritage as we move into the modern age

TRANSIT took note of some very interesting articles about KTMB and Malaysia’s railway heritage, which is changing before our eyes with the Ipoh-Padang Besar & Seremban-Gemas Electrification & Double Tracking (EDT) Projects.

Heritage stations along the west coast of Malaysia are being replaced with modern structures. In some cases, aspects of the stations are being preserved. Sadly in other cases, stations are being completely dismantled & removed.

The articles are:

Because we liked the articles so much, TRANSIT decided to present them to you in full with some wonderful photos to remind the public of the importance of Malaysia’s railway heritage.

5 grand old stations to live on (NST)

By G. Surach and Adie Suri Zulkefli

The Padang Besar station in Perlis is set to be retained. Image courtesy of NST.
The Bukit Berapit rail tunnel in Perak will also be preserved. Image courtesy of NST.

SHAH ALAM: They stand testament to a part of the nation’s history, tangible proof of the romanticism of a bygone era, have stood the test of time and are still used today.

And, chances are they will still be standing — and used — in decades to come, thanks to Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB).

The national railway service intends to preserve five old stations — at Batu Gajah, Bukit Berapit, Taiping, Alor Star and Padang Besar — for their historical significance and sentimental value, as well as to promote certain destinations to tourists. Continue reading KTM Update: Consider our heritage as we move into the modern age