Thursday, May 25, 2017

KTMB Locomotive Class 22 at Gemas

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Loco Class No. 22, Gemas

May 2017. Gemas was the pulse of Peninsula Malaysia's railroad networks, and the train station was a popular stopover for many travellers from Kuala Lumpur and Seremban planning a trip to the East Coast and vice versa. 

One of the reliable iron-horses which served these two railway lines then was Locomotive Class 22. 

Today, visitors to this quaint railway town can find the trusted diesel powered machine on static display next to the old train station.  Interestingly, it is parked on the same iron roads which once linked Tanjung Pagar in Singapore to Bangkok but now sadly, they are left for scraps. 

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Short stretches of the old iron road are preserved.

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Loco No. 22 is the main draw at Gemas station.

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Next to Loco No. 22 is an old Gemas Signboard.

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A refreshing look at the narrow gauge line.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Railroad Crane at Gemas Train Station

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A pleasant railway gem in Gemas.

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Precious train artifacts.

May 17, 2017 Gemas. A short walk from the old train station is a railroad crane from the British era. A quick check shows that the crane is self-propelled made and the accompanying wagon next to it could be the main power source to move the crane.

Gemas in its hey days was an important railway hub in Peninsula Malaysia, and this special role vehicle could have played vital roles in the nearby train yard, or when there were breakdowns or emergencies along the lines.

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A view overlooking the old wooden train station and the
new structure which now serves ETS and the regular KTM services. 

It's a pleasant surprise that efforts are taken to preserve the old wood built Gemas station and to put a few preserved rolling stocks on the rusted tracks. Together they go a long way to create a refreshing perspective for visitors to appreciate train heritage in Malaysia.

 On the down side however, more could've been done to ensure they are getting the necessary protection from hostile Malaysian elements, and to elevate this historically rich train hub to its rightful status for the benefits of generations to come.

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The Malaysian authority should step in to preserve these railway relics
 before they are destroyed by the elements.

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The Old Sign which has seen better days.