Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Keretapi Tanah Melayu ... (II)

In my post yesterday, you might be wondering if i'm not showing you other stamps from the KTM issue. In fact, i did not manage to purchase those stamps. Understood from the collectors who started queueing up to wait for the opening of the JB GPO at 8.30am, they did not manage to buy the complete set either and had to hunt their stamps from one post office to another. Is this issue really that "HOT" or ... ???

With the help of fellow collectors and after spending much time hunting, i managed to get limited stamps just sufficient for my own covers and maxicards. After we got the stamps from other post offices, we had to come back to JB GPO for the first day cancellation as other post offices did not hold any rubber stamp for first day cancellation. This may sound ridiculous to you too ... !!!

I like this KTM issue because it is nostalgic to me. This was one of the first stamp issues that was introduced to me when i first started this hobby during my childhood. At that time, it was 100th anniversary of KTM.

After i had settled my things in JB GPO, i dropped by JB Railway Station to check out the events for the celebration of 125 years of KTM. Then i met the Regional Manager of JB Railway Station who was kind enough to let me use his stamps to realise a few covers/card. The Southern Regional Manager is in charge of railway transport not only in the state of Johor, but also Singapore (in the South) and till Rembau, Negeri Sembilan (in the North).

Also, i purchased a train ticket from JB to Singapore. Here is how it looks like.

This ticket (with serial number 7221) may look old-fashioned but i like it very much. I understood from the train staff that this kind of ticket will be issued only when their computer system is down. The destination is stated as "Singapura" which is actually refered to Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, the terminal station in Singapore. I should also purchase one for Woodlands although it sounds ridiculous based on the short distant, as i understand that the destination will be stated as "Woodlands" for Woodlands Railway Station. I paid three Ringgit for the train ticket from Johor Bahru to Singapura.


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