KTM East Coast railway line

The East Coast railway line (ECRL) is the single track metre gauge runs between Gemas railway station, in Negeri Sembilan and Tumpat railway station, in Kelantan of Malaysia. Gemas is the rail junction between the West Coast line and East Coast railway line. Like the West Coast railway line, it is called the East Coast railway 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. The East Coast Rail Link is planned to have an interchange with the ECRL at Mentakab and expand the railway network to the cities, such as Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu, in the East Coast.[1]

East Coast Line
East Coast Line on the Kuala Krai station.
Overview
Other name(s)Jungle Railway
Native name
StatusOperational
OwnerKeretapi Tanah Melayu
LocalePeninsular Malaysia
Termini
  • Tumpat
  • Gemas
Continues asWest Coast Line
Stations67
Service
Type
Services
Operator(s)Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Depot(s)
  • Tumpat
  • Kuala Krai
  • Gua Musang
  • Kuala Lipis
Technical
Number of tracks1
CharacterScenic route
Track gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in) metre gauge
Route map

Tumpat Depot
Tumpat
Kampung Kok Pasir
Palekbang
Wakaf Bharu  ECR 
Bunut Susu
Kampung Machang
Rantau Panjang
Gual Periok
Repek
Pasir Mas
Pasir Mas Junction
Chica Tinggi
To'Uban
Sungai Keladi
Bukit Panau
Tanah Merah
Kampung Paloh Rawa
Guillemard Bridge
Temangan
Sungai Nal
Kuala Krai Depot
Kuala Krai
Pahi
Manek Urai
Kampung Baru
Sungai Mengkuang
Ulu Temiang
Ulak
Jeram
Kampung Baru Bukit Abu
Bukit Abu
Kuala Gris
Dabong
Kemubu
Sri Jaya
Sri Mahligai
Sri Bintang
Sungai Tasin
Jerek Baru
Bertam
Bertam Baru
Limau Kasturi
Sungai Sirian
Kampung Sungai Sirian
Sungai Koyan
Pan Malayan
Gua Musang Depot
Gua Musang
Mentara Baru
Merapoh
Telok Gunong
Kubang Rasa
Sungai Temau
Chegar Perah
Aur Gading
Dura
Kampung Berkam
Bukit Betong
Telang
Padang Tengku
Kuala Lipis Depot
Kuala Lipis
Kerambit
Mela
Jerantut Yard
Jerantut
Kuala Krau
Jenderek
Kerdau
Mentakab Yard
Mentakab  ECR 
Sungai Belengu
Belengu
Mengkarak
Triang  ECR 
Kemayan
Sungai Lui
Ayer Hitam
Kuala Pilah
Plangei
Juasseh
Jempol
Bahau Junction
Bahau
Jongkat
Rompin
Londah
Gemas Junction │ Gemas  ETS 

West Coast Line

History

The East Coast rail line was discontinued due to floods which struck the east coast on 22 December 2014, causing extensive damage to the track infrastructure, signage equipment as well as track maintenance machinery which was submerged in water. In August 2020, Malaysian transport minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the government had allocated RM874.7m to upgrade track infrastructure and trains at the east coast sector and the railway should resume service by 2021.[2]

On 12 April 2021, KTMB launched its KTM Class 61 Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains for the east coast route between Kelantan and Pahang. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the DMU trains were being introduced specifically to replace KTM’s conventional diesel trains for the KTM Intercity East Coast rail link between Tumpat and Kuala Lipis. He claimed the new DMU will reduce travel time as the average speed of the train is about 100kph, compared to the conventional trains that run between 50kph and 60kph. The DMU trains, covering 216km from Tumpat and Gua Musang and 94km from Gua Musang to Kuala Lipis, would be fully operational in stages. The Tumpat-Gua Musang-Kuala Lipis route represents the first phase of the upgrading process. The second phase will cover routes to Gemas, Negri Sembilan, while the third phase will cover the Gua Musang-Mentakab stretch along the Pahang route.[3]

Services

The East Coast railway line is served by a following:[4]

  • KTM Intercity
    • Ekspres Rakyat Timuran between Tumpat and JB Sentral.
      • The route between Gemas and JB Sentral is part of the West Coast Line while the route between Gemas and Tumpat is on the East Coast Line)
    • Shuttle Timur (stops at all stations and halts)
      • Between Tumpat and Dabong
      • Between Tumpat and Gua Musang
      • Between Tumpat and Kuala Lipis
      • Between Gua Musang and Kuala Lipis
      • Between Kuala Lipis and Gemas

Line network

Main line[5]

Station names Serving cities Major landmarks Comments
Tumpat Tumpat, Kelantan
Kampung Berangan Not in service
Kampung Kok Pasir Halt
Palekbang Halt
Wakaf Bharu Kota Bharu, Kelantan The nearest railway station to Kelantan state capital, Kota Bharu
Bunut Susu Halt
Kampung Machang Halt
Pasir Mas Pasir Mas, Kelantan Interchange to Rantau Panjang Branch Line
Chica Tinggi Halt
To' Uban Halt
Sungai Keladi Halt
Bukit Panau Halt
Halt, Not in service
Tanah Merah Tanah Merah, Kelantan
Sungai Kusial Not in service
Kampung Paloh Rawa Halt
Temangan Guillemard Bridge
Tanjung Bidal Halt, Not in service
Kampung Bidal Halt, Not in service
Sungai Nal Halt
Kuala Krai Kuala Krai, Kelantan
Pahi Halt
Manek Urai
Sungei Mengkuang Halt
Kampung Baru Sungei Mengkuang Halt
Ulu Temiang Halt
Kampung Baru Bukit Abu Halt
Bukit Abu
Kuala Gris Halt
Dabong Dabong, Kelantan
Kemubu
Sri Jaya Halt
Sri Mahligai Halt
Sri Bintang Halt
Sungai Tasin Halt
Jerek Baru Halt
Bertam Halt
Bertam Baru
Limau Kasturi
Sungai Sirian Halt
Kampung Sungai Sirian Halt
Sungai Koyan Halt
Pan Malayan Halt
Chegar Bongor Not in service
Sungai Kemudu Not in service
Kuala Neroh Not in service
Gua Musang Gua Musang, Kelantan
Chin Teck (振德) Not in service
Lepan Tupai (Lapan Tupai) Halt
Mentara Halt, Not in service
Mentara Baru Halt
Merapoh
Merapoh Baharu Not in service
Telok Gunong Halt
Kubang Rasa Halt
Sungai Yu Not in service
Sungai Temau
Chegar Perah
Paya Keladi Not in service
Aur Gading Halt
Dura Halt
Kampung Berkam Halt
Bukit Betong Bukit Betong Halt
Kampung Berhala Halt, Not in service
Telang Telang Halt
Padang Tengku
Kuala Ketir Halt, Not in service
Kuala Lipis Kuala Lipis, Pahang
Kuala Lanar Not in service
Tanjung Sekawin Halt, Not in service
Sibar Halt, Not in service
Batu Sembilan Halt
Kuala Lentang Not in service
Kerambit
Sungai Lik Halt, Not in service
Limau Purut Not in service
Mela Halt
Kampung Sepial Not in service
Tembeling Not in service
Padang Piol Not in service
Paya Teh Not in service
Teh Halt, Not in service
Jerantut Jerantut, Temerloh, Pahang
Jeransong Not in service
Jendarak Halt
Mai Halt, Not in service
Kuala Krau
Sungai Dalam Not in service
Tekal Halt, Not in service
Kerdau Halt
Mentakab Mentakab, Pahang
Sungai Belengu Not in service
Mengkarak
Mentri Not in service
Triang Triang, Pahang
Mengkuang Halt
Kemayan
Ayer Hitam Not in service
Bahau Bahau, Negeri Sembilan
Rompin Not in service
Londah Not in service
Gemas Gemas, Negeri Sembilan Interchange with West Coast Line
(Continue to West Coast Line)

Rantau Panjang line

Station names Serving cities Major landmarks Comments
Pasir Mas Pasir Mas, Kelantan Interchange to Rantau Panjang Branch Line
Repek Not in service
Lubok Batil Not in service
Gual Periok Not in service
Gual Sitok Not in service
Rantau Panjang Rantau Panjang, Kelantan Not in service
(Continue to Southern Line)

See also

References

Further reading

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