KTM YDM4 Locomotive – September 30th 2014

YDM4 is a type of locomotive leased to KTMB by Indian Railways. There is quite a number of them in KTMB’s rolling stock. According to the train operator, all locomotives in the rolling stock have their own set of problems, brushing off allegations that YDM4 is among the best locomotive KTMB has ever had.

For KTM Intercity Ekspres Senandung Langkawi service, KTMB uses two YDM4 locomotives because sole unit is does not have sufficient tractive force to pull all other railcars.

KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.43.58
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.43.58
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.56
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.56
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.51
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.51
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.32
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.46.32
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.42.39
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.42.39
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.42.26
KTM YDM4 Locomotive 2014-09-30 21.42.26

 

 

 

KTM Class 92 – September 28th 2014

I took a ride onboard KTM Komuter on September 28th. The timetable can be quite unreliable as KTMB is still testing it.

The Class 92 trainset, manufactured by Zhuzhou from China is quite comfortable. There are lots of power outlets for those who are looking forward to charge their electronic gadgets too.

KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.43
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.43
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.51
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.34.51
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.01
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.01
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.14
KTM Class 92 Train 2014-09-28 20.35.14

Touch ‘N Go Hub, KL Sentral

Touch 'N Go Hub KL Sentral 2014-09-28 17.52.28
Touch ‘N Go Hub KL Sentral 2014-09-28 17.52.28

Touch ‘N Go has an outlet in KL Sentral for customer service matters. Other than the usual card purchase and reload there, customers can report lost/stolen card and retrieve their balance back.

 

Hours of Operation

Touch 'N Go Hub Hours of Operation 2014-09-28 17.52.14
Touch ‘N Go Hub Hours of Operation 2014-09-28 17.52.14

Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday: 8:30 AM to 1 PM

Sunday: CLOSED

Arau Railway Station – October 1st 2014

I was on Ekspres Senandung Langkawi on the night of September 2014. As my destination is Arau Railway Station, I managed to capture some photos of the station. Here they are:

Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.42.17
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.42.17
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.42.01
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.42.01
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.40.49
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.40.49
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.40.16
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.40.16
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.37.10
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.37.10
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.36.59
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.37.10
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.35.31
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.35.31
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.32.42
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.32.42
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.30.10
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.30.10
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.29.54
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.29.54
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.28.52
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.29.54
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.28.44
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.28.44
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.27.43
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.27.43
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.27.22
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.27.22
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.26.23
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.26.23
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.26.15
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.26.15
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.25.17
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.26.15
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.45
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.45
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.11
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.11
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.04
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.23.04
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.58
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.58
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.40
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.40
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.37
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.40
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.36
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.36
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.33
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.33
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.26
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.26

2014-10-01 08.22.25

Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.24
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.24
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.19
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.19
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.15
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.15
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.03
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.22.03
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.57
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.57
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.47
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.47
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.45
Arau Railway Station 2014-10-01 08.21.45

 

Gallery View

 

Overnight at KL Sentral

So I missed my Skybus shuttle bus to KLIA2. The next bus departs at 3 AM and I am now stranded in KL Sentral for almost three hours.

KL Sentral used to be more interesting than before. Now, there is nothing much to do during midnight. 7-Eleven is the only convenience store that is opened.

CIMB Cheque Deposit Machine 2014-10-14 00.18.05
CIMB Cheque Deposit Machine 2014-10-14 00.18.05

#FAIL No. 1: Cheque Deposit Down for temporary? For temporary? For temporary?

Seriously CIMB, who did you hire to be your clerk? I hope they are not your banker.

 

McDonald's KL Sentral 2014-10-14 00.12.16
McDonald’s KL Sentral 2014-10-14 00.12.16

Apparently, McD is also closed from 12 midnight to 6 AM for “maintenance” purposes. I doubt that. There’s nothing going on in the restaurant (apparently), only loud music can be heard.

#FAIL No. 2: It will be closed until 14 MARCH 2014. Hmmm, are we watching Back to the Future?

 

KTM Komuter Ticket Vending Machine 2014-10-14 00.25.17
KTM Komuter Ticket Vending Machine 2014-10-14 00.25.17

#FAIL No. 3: CANNOT BE ACEPTED. Acepted. Acepted. What is acepted? It sounds like “Inception” for me.

 

Meals Station: Iced Honey Lemon 2014-10-14 00.37.22
Meals Station: Iced Honey Lemon 2014-10-14 00.37.22

#WIN: I have finally found a good place to sit and a table to do my reading and writing. #WIN #WIN #WIN.

Meals Station is a kopitiam-style restaurant in KL Sentral. There is no operating hours stated directly at the outlet. However, it looks like it opens for 24 hours. Cheap drinks mostly start at RM 3.50 so be prepared to pay extra.

Power outlets are also available for those who are seeking to charge their electronic gadgets.

Kelana Jaya Line LRT Power Outage: TNB-RapidKL Blame Game

Kelana Jaya Line Delays @ Wangsa Maju Station 2014-09-19 15.33.49
Kelana Jaya Line Delays @ Wangsa Maju Station 2014-09-19 15.33.49

September 19th 2014 – A brief power outage has occured on 1:50 PM in some stations along Kelana Jaya line, causing commuters to be stranded at the stations as the crowd begin to swell as peak travel time draws near. According to statements made by RapidKL, the route between Masjid Jamek and Gombak station was affected by the outage. Fortunately, on 4:01 PM, power has been restored, just in time before workers find their way back home.

Although Kelana Jaya Line now has been equipped with new four-coach trains, congestion during peak periods is still a norm. It is not as bad as KL Monorail though.

During power outage, shuttle buses are being provided by RapidKL. However, the signage is not clear enough, with most of the instructions only comes from twitter.

Inter-service communication was smooth as we can see some notice put up via electronic display at Imbi KL Monorail station. However, when the service backs to normal, the signage was not updated promptly. This may cause confusion to commuters.

Translation: Kelana Jaya LRT service is fully functioning again. Any inconvenience caused are deeply regretted.

 

The Blame Game – RapidKL says:

On 1:50 PM, RapidKL announced the delay of Kelana Jaya Line, without mentioning specific reason of service delay.

Translation: KJ Line Update: We are having technical problems. Delays in schedule are expected.

Six minutes later they announced it was due to power fault between Masjid Jamek and Gombak.

Translation: KJ Line Update: 1350 hrs We are having power supply problems. Restoration work is being carried out.

 

About an hour later, they said it is because of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB):

Translation: KJ Line Update: 1450hrs Kelana Jaya LRT service is still disrupted due to power supply interruption by TNB.

 

They even made a direct mention to TNB official twitter account, probably inducing commuters to address their complaints to TNB directly.

 

 

The Blame Game – TNB says:

Lets see what TNB has to say, via its corporate communications general manager, Omar Sidek:

“TNB would like to clarify that the stalled LRT services earlier Friday was due to switchgear fault at Rapid KL’s end.”

“We deny news reports that burnt TNB cables caused disruption to the LRT services”

 

Conclusion

While we cannot find conclusive evidence yet on the occurence, we believe some sort of miscommunication took place. We hope that emergency response team of both agencies will be more prepared for problems like this.

New KTM Intercity Timetable, Effective August 15th 2014

KTM Berhad Logo
KTM Berhad Logo

We have (finally!) updated the KTM Intercity schedule, effective August 15th 2014. We know we are slightly more than a month overdue but we feel the need to announce it to our visitors.

Some services were canceled due to SPAD’s directive on certain route along East Line.

For all other services, there is time change. Please refer to our updated schedule for up-to-date information.

Click here to visit the newly-updated schedule.

 

Additional Information

There is no fare increase yet at this moment.

Users who book online do not need to show their physical ticket while onboard for inspection. Instead, they just need to show it on their phone screen with their ID (Malaysians: MyKad) for verification.

KTM Intercity is an inter-city passenger train service by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB). It provides passenger rail service to various parts of Peninsular Malaysia. Other than KTMB, there is only one other passenger rail service company, which is Sabah State Railway, covering rail tracks from Beaufort, Sabah to Tenom, Sabah.

Rescheduling of KTM Intercity Train Timetable: Effective August 15th 2014

KTM Berhad Logo
KTM Berhad Logo

KTM Berhad has rescheduled the train timetable for all KTM Intercity services. Listed below are the services affected:

  • No. 29: Tumpat – KL Sentral: Departure time rescheduled to 6:30 PM from Tumpat station
  • No. 83: Tumpat – Gua Musang: Departure time rescheduled to 2:30 PM from Tumpat
  • No. 84: Gua Musang – Tumpat: Departure time rescheduled to 6:00 PM from Gua Musang
  • No. 81: Tumpat – Kuala Lipis: The route changed from Tumpat to Gua Musang only
  • No. 82: Kuala Lipis – Tumpat: The route changed from Gua Musang to Tumpat only
  • No. 85: Tumpat – Kuala Lipis: TERMINATED
  • No. 86: Kuala Lipis – Tumpat: TERMINATED
  • No. 91: Tumpat – Woodlands: ROUTE CHANGE from Gemas to Woodlands only. NUMBER CHANGE from 91 to 61
  • No. 92: Woodlands – Tumpat: ROUTE CHANGE from Woodlands to Gemas only, NUMBER CHANGE from 91 to 62.

The change is due to partial closure of the route Gemas – Gua Musang as enforced by Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) starting from July 12th 2014. Please contact KTMB for further inquiries.

 

Source: KTMB Media Release

February – June Transit Programs

MTA Transit Museum

BUILDING NEW YORK: A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL HORODNICEANU

The President of MTA Capital Construction sits down with New York Times metro reporter Michael Grynbaum to provide insights into two giant projects that are reshaping the city and the way we travel within it. The conversation will center on the extension of the 7 train to Manhattan’s west side and the new Fulton Transit Center.

 

INSIDE THE ARCHIVES: FULTON FERRY SLIP

  • Thu, Mar 6, 6:30pm – Tickets
  • New York Transit Museum

Almost 200 years ago, on May 10, 1814, Robert Fulton built the first steam ferry to run from the old ferry slip in Brooklyn to New York City. Join Archivist Carey Stumm on a virtual journey through Downtown Brooklyn’s transportation history and the development of horse car, omnibus, trolley, elevated lines, the Brooklyn Bridge, and eventually the subway lines into Brooklyn — all stemming from this local ferry slip. This program highlights photographs and archival materials from the Museum’s extensive permanent collection.

 

PLATFORM

  • Thu, Apr 10, 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Tickets
  • New York Transit Museum
  • $10/$5 Museum Members

Inspired by the intricate choreography, engineering, and impromptu interactions of your daily commute? Looking for a public forum or a unique setting to present your transit related ideas? The Transit Museum is excited to announce PLATFORM, a new series of programs created by the public for the public. To kick off this new series, selected submissions will be presented at the Transit Museum on this date. Check back soon for updates on how to submit a proposal. For all you urbanists, historians, artists, and makers – have an idea? We’ll give you a PLATFORM. Must be 21+.

 

THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN: OLD CITY HALL STATION

  • **Members Only**
  • Sun, Feb 16, 1:30pm – Tickets
  • Sun, Feb 16, 3:30pm – Tickets
  • Sat, Apr 12, 1:30pm – Tickets
  • Sat, Apr 12, 3:30pm – Tickets
  • $40 Museum Members Only

As a member of the Transit Museum you can have the rare opportunity of exploring this decommissioned subway station with its elegant chandeliers, leaded skylights, vaulted tile ceiling, and graceful curves. You will feel transported back to 1904, a time when the subway’s opening and the completion of this station marked a moment of great civic pride. Children must be 10+ to attend and accompanied by an adult at all times. To be admitted to this restricted site participants must sign a release and provide a copy of a government-issued ID.

 

HIDDEN HISTORY: SUBSTATION 22

  • Sun, Feb 23, 1pm – Tickets
  • Sun, Mar 23, 1pm – Tickets
  • $45 / $35 Museum Members

Neighbors on this stretch of Nostrand Avenue are likely unaware of the power in their midst. Originally constructed to power the extension of the IRT subway to Brooklyn, Crown Heights’ Substation No. 22 was built with both old and new power equipment to reduce construction costs.

 

Venture with us behind the industrial façade to explore electrical machinery that dates from 1899 to 1994, and the crypt-like caverns that remain. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition ElectriCity: Powering New York’s Rails. Children must be 10+ to attend and accompanied by an adult at all times. To be admitted to this restricted site participants must sign a release and provide a copy of a government-issued ID.

 

TROLLY GHOSTS: THE TERMINAL UNDER DELANCEY

  • **Members Only**
  • Thu, Feb 27, 6pm – Tickets
  • Thu, Mar 20, 6pm – Tickets
  • $55 Museum Members Only

Explore a buried relic of the streetcar era on this exclusive tour of the former Williamsburg Bridge Railway Terminal. Delancey Underground has proposed reclaiming this site as a subterranean park. Children must be 10+ to attend and accompanied by an adult at all times. To be admitted to this restricted site participants must sign a release and provide a copy of a government-issued ID.

 

Source

  1. MTA Transit Museum  – program page

[KTMB Announcement] e-Ticket System Interruption

This announcement is taken from KTMB Official website:

Dear our valued customer,

We are sorry to inform that e-ticketing system is currently experiencing some difficulties for payment via Maybank2u.Technical expertise are in the midst of restoring the service.

For further information or ticket reservation, please contact;

1. Email : [email protected]

2. Telephone : 1-300-88-5862 ( 7.00 am – 10.00 pm)

We apologize on the inconvenience caused and thanking you for understanding and patience.

Customer Relation Unit, KTM Intercity

 

Source: KTMB Website