Long Awaited Ipoh-KL Electric Train Service Begins at the End of July


The long awaited Electric Train Service (ETS) plying between Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Seremban is expected to start at the end of July.  However, the “exact date is subject to confirmation,” said Encik Zainal Rashid bin Zakaria, KTM Ipoh (South) Operations Executive. “The trial runs are almost completed. After minor fine tuning the service should start in the second half of July”, added Zainal.

The ETS, which became possible following the construction of a dual-tracking system, will operate eight return trips daily between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur.

There are two types of services. The Express Service will take one hour and 50 minutes and will make six stops between Ipoh and KL Sentral. The scheduled stops are Batu Gajah, Kampar, Tanjung Malim, Kuala Lumpur and KL Sentral, while the Transit Service will stop at all the stations along the way and the journey will take two hours and 15 minutes.  The current travel time between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur is two hours 50 minutes.

The full journey from Ipoh to Seremban will take 3 hours. Each train set will consist of 6 coaches with a seating capacity of 350 passengers. The top speed of the train set is 140 kph. The train schedules and fares to the various destinations will be announced later.


5 thoughts on “Long Awaited Ipoh-KL Electric Train Service Begins at the End of July

  1. Electric Train Service to Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur by the end of July 2010. We have come a very long way to obtain the fast train service. In 1885 the first railway track ran from Port Weld (Kuala Sepetang) to Taiping. The train was actually a steam powered locomotive. So history is created, end of July 2010 the first ETS from Ipoh to KL.

  2. KTM should make it easier to make bookings over the net. It would save us multiple trips to purchase our tickets. Although the buses may be cheaper, I think beating the traffic jam leading into KL would be a plus point for the KTM service, especially if the time is cut to two hours.

  3. What would be the interval and frequency of trains to KL? Express buses to KL are very convenient as they leave at half-hour intervals. KTM Komuter trains at the moment operate at 3 hours intervals!

    The ticket price for 2nd class is more expensive compared to taking the bus. 3rd class is cheaper but seats are hard plastic and uncomfortable for long journeys.

    All in all, KTM or the new ETS company must improve the condition of trains and service level. Please note that the ‘new’ EMUs are actually reconditioned used EMU’s from China.

  4. Thanks for the news. Finally, the historic ETS will run as planned.
    Unfortunately, all the historic railway stations have been demolished or dis-used with no initiative for conservation, to preserve some of the heritage of our railways.
    Without its track-changing levers and other essential contents in the 1893 Batu Gajah station, it is no longer suitable as a railway museum as intended.
    Some old stations remain on the northern line but all except the K Kangsar station will stay. Keeping the Kuala Kangsar station is just not enough, we must save at least the 1896 Chemor station, especially since the Kinta Valley has potential for UNESCO listing. Chemor station’s original main facilities are intact and lovingly maintained and by its station master En Fahmi. The station is targetted for demolition when a new station 1km away is ready.
    The Sungei Siput station is grouped with railway quarters, old cinema and old post office. This is a historical spot for locals and tourists to enjoy. Conservation efforts required.
    The Padang Rengas station is a great place to visit. It is the film location for the Hollywood movie, Beyond Rangoon.

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