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Electric Train Service (ETS)
ETS at Ipoh.JPG
ETS Set 01 and 05 at Ipoh
Native name Perkhidmatan Keretapi Elektrik (ms)
Type Inter-city rail
Locale Ipoh - Kuala Lumpur
Stations 14
Colour on map      BLUE
Opening June 2010
Owner KTM
Operator(s) ETS Sdn Bhd
Conduction system With driver
Rolling stock 5 six-car trainset of KTM Class 91 (in operation)
1 of 10 six-car trainset of KTM Class 93 (trial run)
Line length 279.90 km
Track gauge 1000 mm
Route map
Kuala Kangsar Keretapi Tanah Melayu (2014)
Salak Utara (2014)
Sungai Siput (2014)
Chemor (2014)
Tasek (2014)
Ipoh Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Batu Gajah Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Kampar Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Tapah Road
Slim River
Tanjung Malim Keretapi Tanah Melayu
PK-SL border
Kuala Kubu Bharu Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Rawang 1 Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Sungai Buloh 1 9 Keretapi Tanah Melayu
SL-KL border
Kepong Sentral 10
Kuala Lumpur 12 59 Keretapi Tanah Melayu
KL Sentral Car parking 12 5 67 8 9 klia2 Keretapi Tanah Melayu
SL-NS border
Nilai 1 KLIA klia2 (January 2014(Uncomfirmed))
Seremban 1 Keretapi Tanah Melayu (January 2014)
Senawang 1 (January 2014)
Sungai Gadut 1 (January 2014(Unconfirmed))
Rembau 1 (January 2014)
NS-MK border
Tampin/Pulau Sebang Keretapi Tanah Melayu (January 2014)
Batang Melaka (January 2014
MK-NS border
Gemas Keretapi Tanah Melayu (January 2014)

The KTM Electric Train Service (ETS) is an inter-city electric multiple unit (EMU) 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 out of operation since 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 inter-city EMU.


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 11 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 railway station and Sungkai railway station, taking 2 hours 15 minutes. As of 2014, the Gold service stops at Tapah Road railway station and Sungkai railway station but does not stop at Sungai Buloh railway station, Kuala Kubu Bharu railway station and Behrang railway station. A platinum service was also in operation which travelled non-stop from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh in 1 hour 58 minutes, but was removed with the new timetable rescheduling.

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

Rolling stock[edit]

First Generation[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.

Second Generation[edit]

Main article: KTM Class 93

10 KTM Class 93 train sets, are in the process of being commissioned to expand ETS service.



The service will be expanded from Kuala Kangsar to Butterworth on 1 April 2015.

On Dec 2 2014, a subsidiary of China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co, considered the world's largest manufacturer of electric locomotives, CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., announced that they had won an order to supply high-speed trains for the 200-kilometer rail line between the capital Kuala Lumpur and the city of Ipoh. Zhou Qinghe, president of CSR ZELC said that the meter-gauge electric units would run at a set speed of around 160 km per hour. The trains would also be used on a 900-km railway line being planned between Johor Bahru on the southern tip of the country, and Padang Besar on the Thailand border, according to the train manufacturer. Zhou said after the first batch of 10 trains produced in China were delivered, trains of the same type will then be manufactured at a new manufacturing base being built in Malaysia. The company announced in April it was spending $131 million on the building of a manufacturing and maintenance base to serve the needs of the country, as well as the whole ASEAN region. It has signed five contracts to supply 98 trains and carriages, the first phase of which will be completed by the end of this year.[7]

On Dec 6 2014, Keretapi Tanah Melayu chairman Datuk Nawawi Ahmad said that a three-hour Electric Train Service (ETS) linking capital Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth, Penang would be operational in June 2015. He said that the new ride would carry some 350 people to Penang from Kuala Lumpur and have 10 new coach sets running on it by January 2016. In an interview, he said that “(This is part of the) operation linking Padang Besar to KL. But first, in June 2015, it will be between Butterworth and KL,”[8]

See also[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. 
  7. ^ "asiaone business". Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Star". Retrieved 8 December 2014.