Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) (Jawi: كريتاڤي تانه ملايو) or Malayan Railways Limited is the main rail operator in Peninsular Malaysia. The railway system dates back to the British colonial era, when it was first built to transport tin. Previously known as the Federated Malay States Railways (FMSR) and the Malayan Railway Administration (MRA), Keretapi Tanah Melayu acquired its current name in 1962.[1] The organization was corporatized in 1992, but remains wholly owned by the Malaysian government. Fares are generally reasonable, but the low frequency of the intercity trains does not usually make them competitive with other modes of transportation.

Railway networkEdit

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The Template:RailGauge gauge railway network in Peninsular Malaysia which is controlled by KTMB consists of two main lines and several branch lines.

West Coast lineEdit

The West Coast line runs from Padang Besar railway station close to the Malaysia-Thailand Border in Perlis (where it connects with the State Railway of Thailand) to Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore. It is called the West Coast line because it serves the West Coast states of Peninsular Malaysia. The train runs through most of the major stations in the west cost of Peninsular Malaysia, such as KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth railway station in Butterworth, Penang. The routemap below shows the lists of stations that will be available after the West Coast electrified double tracking project.

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East Coast lineEdit

The East Coast line runs between Gemas railway station, in Negeri Sembilan and Tumpat railway station, in Kelantan. Gemas is the rail junction between the West Coast line and East Coast line. Like the West Coast Line (Malaysia), it is called the East Coast Line (Malaysia) because it serves two of Peninsular Malaysia's East Coast states, namely Pahang and Kelantan. In fact, it does not run along the coast at all and only meets the South China Sea when it terminates in Tumpat railway station. It runs through the interior, often through deep jungle, thus earning the nickname Jungle Railway. Terengganu is the only state in Peninsular Malaysia not served by the KTM railway network (although there are plans to expand the current Petronas Rail line to Kuantan and further on to Mentakab), whereas Melaka is served by the Tampin railway station.

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The total length of the network was 1,699 km, however due to the partial dismantling work that occurred between Tanjong Pagar and Kranji in Singapore since 17 July 2011 the new total length of the network is 1,677 km.

All of the lines in the KTM network are single-track, except for the section of the main line between Ipoh railway station and Gemas railway station, and also the branch lines from Port Klang Komuter station to Batu Caves Komuter station, which is now double tracked and electrified to 25 kV AC, to accommodate electric commuter trains, such as the KTM Class 92 and KTM Class 91.

Other railwaysEdit

There are several other railway lines which are not owned by KTMB. This includes Petronas's Kuantan - Kerteh line which is now operated by KTMB and the Sabah State Railway line from Tanjung Aru (near Kota Kinabalu) to Tenom in Sabah. The Penang Hill Furnicular Railway also does not come under KTMB's control.

Network BranchesEdit

There are several branch lines running from the two main lines.

In useEdit

Intercity & FreightEdit

Commuter & FreightEdit

Freight onlyEdit




Rolling stockEdit

Following the consolidation of all state railway entities in Malaya, Malayan Railway inherited a fleet of mostly British-made steam locomotives, a variation of locomotives introduced to Malaya since its first railway line went into operation.

Dieselisation in Malaya began immediately after MR's formation with the launch of its first diesel engine, a Class 15 shunter, in 1948. Efforts by MR to fully convert to diesel power between the 1950s and 1970s effectively drove steam locomotives out of service - with whatever left of the fleet massively retired in 1972. KTM drew its diesel rolling stock from a multitude of locomotive companies from England, Japan, Canada, and more recently, India, Germany and China. The company had also ventured in the use of DMUs (railbus, railcars); none of these services survived.

Electric trains were only introduced in 1995 with the launch of the KTM Komuter commuter service. The electrification of the huge stretch between 1998 and 2002 also signifies the new line between Singapore and Butterworth, which is using high-speed Class 390s (tilting trains), followed by the new ETS Line which have also brought to the long distance travel.

Motive power Edit

The following is a list of locomotives in the KTM fleet - some have since been retired:

  • Diesel locomotives
    • 20 Class 26 Diesel Electric mainline locomotives (26101 - 26120), model Blue Tiger manufactured by Adtranz in Germany in association with GE. Brought in 2003 - 2004
    • 20 Class 29 Diesel Electric mainline locomotives (29101 -29120), manufactured by DLoco Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co. of Dalian, China. Brought in 2005 - 2006
    • 5 YDM4 ex-Indian Railways brought into Malaysia in 2009, refurbished by Southern Railway Workshop, Tiruchirappalli, India.

Locomotive, ETS, Carriage & Wagon Workshop Edit

Locomotive, Carriage & Wagon Running Depot Edit

Electrical Train Set Depot Edit

Electrical Multiple Unit Depot Edit

KTM IntercityEdit

Main article: KTM Intercity
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KTM Intercity (Malay: KTM Antarabandar) is an intercity passenger railway service operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu within the regions of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. The service is intended to carry patrons between stops serving cities, town and village (depending on regions), its trains currently powered by diesel locomotives.

KTM Intercity services consist of local trains (known also as "mail trains") and express trains; lines along the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia currently support mostly express trains, while those along the East Coast include both mail train and express train services.

KTM KomuterEdit

Main article: KTM Komuter
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KTM Komuter is an electrified commuter train service first introduced in 1995, catering especially to commuters in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding suburban areas. KTMB provides 248 commuter services daily, serving 45 stations along 175 route-kilometres. The network consists of three lines: Tanjung Malim-Sungai Gadut Line, Sentul-Port Klang Route and the Rawang-Tanjung Malim. Trains on the two lines run at 15 minutes frequency during peak hours and 20 minutes frequency during off-peak hours. The Rawang-Tanjung Malim shuttle services operates at half hour frequency. Komuter coaches are currently the most modern in the KTM fleet and are air-conditioned. Currently, they have a fleet of Class 81, Class 82, Class 83 & Class 92 in which almost all of the Class 92 are operational while many more of the Class 81, Class 82 & Class 83 has been scrapped, leaving only few to operate as a standby unit during rush hour.

KTM Komuter is a heavily utilised mode of transportation by commuters working in Kuala Lumpur as the service is an alternative for road travel, which is occasionally hampered by congestion. Virtually all KTM Komuter stops offer "Park & Ride" parking lots for those who drive to and from the station or halt. KTM Komuter ridership is estimated to be about 50 million passengers in 2010.

KTM Komuter is currently the most profitable passenger service offered by KTMB, contributing MYR 100 million to group revenue in 2010, higher than KTM Intercity's profit of MYR 70.94 million in the same year.

Freight servicesEdit

KTMB runs 37 freight train services daily of which about 80% were concentrated in the northern sector. In line with the strategy to focus more on containerised and long-haul cargoes, KTMB now carries maritime containers, cement and food as main commodities. In 2006, the freight revenue increased 5.2% to RM113.0 million.[2]

Property and advertisingEdit

Though considered as non-core businesses, KTMB benefited greatly from Property and Advertising segments in terms of value creation. In 2006, KTMB generated RM22.4 million from property rental and advertising activities.

  • Property

The property joint ventures were progressing comparatively well under the prevailing economic climate. As regards the Sentul Raya Development, the Maple Condominium was handed over to purchasers in August 2006 while the Saffron Condominium is under construction and expected to be completed in 2007. Meanwhile, KL Sentral Development has embarked on construction of luxury condominiums, new office towers and life-style centre whilst the construction of the Marine View Hotel in Port Dickson is expected to be completed in 2007. In order to cater for demand from surrounding residential areas, KTMB's partner for the Prai Perdana Development is in the process of constructing a new retail complex and the project is expected to be completed in 2007.

  • Advertising

Through KTMB's collaboration with Ganad Media Sdn. Bhd. the advertising revenue had increased by 9.7% to RM1.47 million compared to the previous year. Several new advertising structures have been built in Klang Valley while more on-train advertising media like panels and hand-grips were made available on top of the increased demand for 'wrap-around' advertising on the commuter trains.


  • Multimodal Freight

Multimodal Freight Sdn. Bhd., incorporated in 1988, was licensed as a Government approved Container Haulier in 1991, and went on to obtain the Government approved Multimodal Transport Operator (MTO) status in 1999. The company operates a fleet of 225 Prime Movers and 1,300 trailer of both 20-feet and 40-feet configurations. The fleet is deployed at all major seaports and the inland ports of Ipoh and Nilai.[3]

  • KTM Distribution

KTM Distribution Sdn. Bhd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of KTMB. Its core business is in the provision of express parcel distribution services to the commercial, industrial and administrative sectors and it operates within Malaysia and Singapore. Parcel distribution is carried out through its door-to-door service or from point to point through its station-to-station service. The company is also licensed by the Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission as a courier service provider, which enables it to carry letters and documents up to 2 kg. This service has so far been monopoly of the Postal Department. The company owns an Template:Convert. freehold property in Sri Damansara, from which it earns warehouse rental income.[4]

  • KTMB Car Park

Formerly known as KTMB (Brickfields Yard) Sdn. Bhd. the company was incorporated in 1994 and was renamed KTMB (Car Park) Sdn. Bhd. in 1995. With over 70 employees, the company operates 16 car parks at selected train stations in Malaysia through its subsidiary KTMB Parking Pte. Ltd. The subsidiary is looking to expand parking space in Seremban and Sungai Buloh stations.[5]


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Since corporatisation of KTMB, a programme of modernisation has been underway. In 1989, it embarked on the double-tracking and electrification of trunk line between Rawang and Seremban and the branch lines between Batu Junction and Sentul, and between Kuala Lumpur and Port Klang which allowed the KTM Komuter service to start running in 1995.[6] The next major project was the Rawang-Ipoh double tracking and electrification project, which started in 2000, but the project has been repeatedly delayed by contractual disputes and not expected to be ready before 2007. When complete, KTM expects to introduce frequent intercity service (16 trains/day) at 160 km/hour.[7] In 2002, the Malaysian government proposed the ambitious project of electrifying and double-tracking the entire western line and awarded contracts in 2003. The project was however put on hold by Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi until March 2007 when Deputy Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak announced the project's revival. In April 2007, the government announced that contracts for certain portions of the project had been awarded. In 2007, work also started to electrify and double-track the stretch of track between Sentul and Batu Caves.

Developments Edit

The following is a list of previous, current and planned railway development and upgrading works in Malaysia.

  • Rehabilitation of 327 km-long meter gauge tracks from Paloh to Singapore and from Slim River to the main Seremban line in Malaysia (1988–1994) (US$ 70 million)
  • Double tracking of the Rawang-Seremban route (1990–1994) (US$ 62 million)
  • Double tracking of the Kuala Lumpur-Port Klang railway route, including spur lines to Subang Jaya and Sentul (1991–1994) (US$ 66 million)
  • Widening of railway tunnels near Seremban (1994–1995) (US$ 4 million)
  • Track linking Port Klang to Pulau Indah (1997–1999) (US$ 4 million)
  • Construction of railway bridges, road over bridges and underpasses along the Rawang-Kajang route (1991–1994) (US$ 6 million)
  • Construction of railway bridges, road over bridges and underpasses along the Kajang-Seremban route (1991–1994) (US$ 16 million)
  • Construction of railway culverts and box pushing along the Nilai-Seremban route (1994–1995) (US$ 4 million)
  • Construction of the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, a rail link in Johor (1999–2002) (US$ 121 million)
  • Track works at Kuala Lumpur Sentral station (1999–2001) (RM 14.3 million)

Proposed projects Edit

  • Outer Ring Railway Service to connect all suburbs in the Klang Valley without going through the city center.[8]
  • Subang Airport extension (Sri Subang to Subang Jaya Komuter)
  • A new integrated station named Penang Sentral will be built which will connect KTM Railway, monorail, bus and ferry service in one building at Butterworth.
  • Tampin/Pulau Sebang - Melaka extension.
  • Construction of the vital Port Klang/Serendah Bypass to remove freight rail from the Klang Valley;
  • Expansion of the KTM Komuter fleet by 20 EMU trainsets by 2015 and remaining 27 EMU trainsets in 2017. Template:Citation needed
  • Expansion of the ETS fleet with the purchase of an additional 10 EMU Trainsets to arrive by 2015 (Class 93) and 22 EMU trainsets to arrive by early 2015 (Class 94) Template:Citation needed

Board of directorsEdit

  • Chairman: Mohd Zin Mohamed.
  • President: Aminuddin Adnan.
  • Non-independent, non-executive directors: Nik Roslini Raja Ismail, Abdul Rahim Daud and Selvarajoo Manikam.
  • Independent non-executive directors: Aida Boey Abdullah, Kader Sultan Md Ismail, Zakaria Bahari and Jamela Mohd. Syed.


  • Managing director: Aminuddin Adnan.
  • Heads of strategic business units (headed by general managers):
    • Commuter services: Mohd Hider Yusoff.
    • Intercity service: Mohd Zain Mat Taha.
    • Freight: Azman Ahmad Shaharbi.

See alsoEdit


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