Tuesday, June 22, 2010

125 years of service of Malayan Railways ...

Since the first railway line in Malaya between Taiping and Port Weld (now Kuala Sepetang) was officially opened on 1 June 1885, Keretapi Tanah Melayu / KTM (or Malayan Railways) has been in rail transport service for 125 years this year.

Taiping's mining industry continued to be developed quickly in the 19th century when tin was discovered. The first railway was built to transport tin from Taiping to Port Weld at the coast for export.

Today, the whole railway line is now dismantled and in Kuala Sepetang, only the ticketing booth and Port Weld railway signboard remain. The ticketing booth is now a Chinese coffee shop and the shop owner has been maintaining the railway signboard.

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