Electric Train Service

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Electric Train Service (ETS)
ETS at Ipoh.JPG
ETS Set 01 and 05 at Ipoh
Overview
Type Commuter Rail
Locale Ipoh - Kuala Lumpur
Stations 14
Colour on map      BLUE
Operation
Opening June 2010
Owner KTMB
Operator(s) ETS Sdn Bhd
Conduction system With driver
Rolling stock KTM Class 91
Technical
Line length 279.90 km
Track gauge 1000 mm
Route map
Kuala Kangsar KTM Intercity (2014)
Salak Utara (2014)
Sungai Siput (2014)
Chemor (2014)
Tasek (2014)
Ipoh KTM Intercity
Batu Gajah KTM Intercity
Kampar KTM Intercity
Tapah Road
Sungkai
Slim River
Behrang
Tanjung Malim KTM Intercity
PK-SL border
Kuala Kubu Bharu KTM Intercity
Rawang KTM Intercity
Sungai Buloh KTM Intercity
SL-KL border
Kepong Sentral
Kuala Lumpur KTM Intercity  KTM1:KTM2 
 MRL1 
KL Sentral Car parking KLIA LCC Terminal KTM Intercity  KTM1:KTM2 
 ERL1:ERL2 
 LRT2 
SL-NS border
Nilai KLIA LCC Terminal (January 2014(Uncomfirmed))
Seremban KTM Intercity (January 2014)
Senawang (January 2014)
Sungai Gadut (January 2014(Unconfirmed))
Rembau (January 2014)
NS-MK border
Tampin/Pulau Sebang KTM Intercity (January 2014)
Batang Melaka (January 2014
MK-NS border
Gemas KTM Intercity (January 2014)

The Electric Train Service (ETS) is an intercity train service that currently operates between the cities of Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh in Malaysia.[1] Originally, the train line continued south of KL Sentral railway station to Seremban but is currently out of operation as of October 2012.[2] The trains travel up to 140 km/h on an electrified line and are operated by ETS Sendirian Berhad, a fully owned subsidiary of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad.

Interior of ETS train.

Background[edit]

It was introduced by Keretapi Tanah Melayu on 12 August 2010 on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia with the service being made possible under the Eighth and Ninth Malaysia Plans.[3]

Train services[edit]

ETS Website Trains operating on the ETS are currently classed as either Gold or Silver Service. Gold Service trains take 2 hours and 20 minutes between KL Sentral and Ipoh, stopping at 8 stations, whilst silver service trains take 2 hours 30 minutes and stop at 14 stations. Prior to October 2012, the Gold service trains did not stop at Tapah Road and Sungkai railway stations, taking 2 hours 15 minutes. A platinum service was also in operation which travelled directly from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh in 1 hour 58 minutes, but was removed with the new timetable rescheduling.

Railway Station Silver Service Gold Service Platinum Service
KL Sentral Yes Yes Yes
Kuala Lumpur Yes Yes Yes
Kepong Sentral Yes No No
Sungai Buloh Yes No No
Rawang Yes Yes No
Kuala Kubu Bharu Yes No No
Tanjung Malim Yes Yes No
Behrang Yes No No
Slim River Yes Yes No
Sungkai Yes Yes No
Tapah Road Yes Yes No
Kampar Yes Yes No
Batu Gajah Yes Yes No
Ipoh Yes Yes Yes

† Prior to October 2012, no longer in operation.

Rolling stock[edit]

Main article: KTM Class 91

Five KTM Class 91 train sets, each comprising six cars, were purchased by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad for $67 million (USD). The train sets were designed by Marubeni Corporation and jointly built by Hyundai Rotem of Korea and Mitsubishi Electric of Japan.[4] The maximum operational speed of the ETS fleet is 140 km/h but is designed to travel up to 160 km/h.[5] The total length of each train set is 138 m and weighs 231.8 tons. Each carriage is 22.95 m long, 2.75 m wide and 4 m high.[6] Each train set has a passenger seating capacity of 350 and includes on-board facilities including toilets, a buffet car, power sockets per two seats and two LED Televisions per car.

Gallery[edit]

Future[edit]

The service will be expanded from Ipoh to Kuala Kangsar in early 2014. The service will also be expanded from KL Sentral to Gemas on 1 January 2014.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KL-Ipoh electric train to run soon". The Star. 17 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Recent scheduling ETS Services". KTM Intercity. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Malaysia plans five years of rail growth". Railway Gazette International (London). 1 October 2006. 
  4. ^ "Marubeni Gets $67 Million Malaysia Train-Car Order, Nikkei Says". Bloomberg (Bloomberg). 26 October 2008. 
  5. ^ "Electric trains to reduce travel time". The Star (Central). 24 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Electric Train Set". Malaya Railway.