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East coast train services in doubt

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The Star reports that the planned resumption of KTMB passenger services on the East Coast line for Hari Raya may not come to pass due to unsatisfactory progress in ensuring the line is safe for operation. The line, which had been battered by unusual heavy floods last December, is in precarious state and KTMB has been working to restore the line. However, the Malaysian Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) says its approval for resumption of services is conditional upon KTMB restoring the line to meet safe operating conditions. SPAD quoted, in particular, the sleepers and stretches of ballast needing replacement, for which KTMB had only so far done a small amount of replacement works.

KTMB to get Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs)

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The Malaysian NST (New Straits Times) Business Times reported on 22 April 2015 that a local Malaysian company has received an LOI (Letter of Intent) from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) Malaysia, on direct negotiations basis, to supply 13 units of 4-car DMUs to the national railway operator KTMB.

The DMUs will be used primarily on the East Coast line between Gemas and Tumpat, to replace existing loco-hauled local train services. The local company is proposing Diesel-Electric DMUs from China, specifically CNR Tangshan which recently won multiple orders to supply meter and standard gauge DMUs to Argentina.

This is the first time in about 30 years that KTMB will be using DMUs, the last being the shortlived Diesel-Hydraulic DMUs built by Ganz Mavag of Hungary supplied in the mid 1980s.