KTM Class 92

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Class 92
KTMB Class 92 SCS 18 KL Sentral Junction.jpg
A Class 92 EMU Komuter train.
In service March 2012 - Current [1]
Manufacturer Zhu Zhou Electric Locomotives Co Ltd
Built at CSR Zhuzhou Electric Plant, China
Constructed 2010 - current
Number under construction 228 cars (38 sets)
Number built 228 cars (38 sets)[2]
Number in service 222 cars (37 sets)
Formation 6 cars per trainset
Capacity 1 118 (328 seats)
Operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Depot(s) Batu Gajah Rail Depot
Sentul Komuter Depot
Tanjung Malim Staging Area
New Seremban Kommuter Depot (Sept 2013)
Line(s) served Batu Caves-Port Klang Route
Rawang-Seremban Route
Specifications
Car body construction Aluminium
Train length 138.6 m
Car length 23.7 m (End cars)
22.8 m (Intermediate cars)
Width 2 750 mm
Height 3 905 mm
Floor height 1 100 mm
Doors 3 double-leaf doors per side
Articulated sections none
Wheel diameter 850 mm
Maximum speed 140 km/h (Design)
120 km/h (Service)
Weight 238 t
Traction system Siemens AC traction unit
Power output 3 200 kW of power per unit
Transmission electric
Electric system(s) 25 kV, 50 Hz overhead line
Current collection method Double-arm Z-shaped Pantograph
Braking system(s) two-pipe regenerative break system
Safety system(s) ETCS, ATP
Coupling system AAR couplers
Track gauge 1 000 mm Metre gauge

The Class 92 is a type of electric multiple unit operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu on its KTM Komuter services. A total of 38 sets were built by China's Zhu Zhou Electric Locomotives Co Ltd, in 6-car formations.[3] The first EMU has been delivered on the 23rd of September and was expected to operate in revenue service by late December 2011. However, delays in testing led to the subsequent postponement of launch. On 8 March 2012, 4 sets of KTM Class 92 commenced operation and all 38 sets of these KTM Class 92 were in revenue service by July 2012.[4][5] The KTM Class 92 is the first train in Malaysia to feature a dynamic route map (passenger information system) built into the train. The EMU's complete interior and exterior design is designed by a German design office, Tricon Design AG.[6] The class 92 will be using 65 million euros worth of Siemens made transformers, power converters, traction motors and vehicle control systems.[7][8][9]

The Class 92 was procured under a Malaysian Government initiative, National Key Result Area (NKRA) to reduce congestion and improve public transport with a specific RM2 billion allocation to KTMB to improve commuter rail efficiency. A sum of RM 1.894 billion was spent to procure these trains, with the remainder being spent on the improvement of signalling along the Putra-Mid Valley stretch and a ticketing system upgrade.[10]

Operation[edit]

The class 92 is set to complement and replace the earlier 3 coach class 8x commuter trains. It will operate along the two komuter lines and is expected to service all 53 stations. However, the Rawang-Tanjung Malim route is usually not serviced by this coach. At certain stretches, it will operate at its service operational speed of 120 km/h. During current 15-minute frequency operations, as many as 25 class 92 sets are used while the remaining sets are kept in reserve. In the future (10-minute frequency operations), it is expected for the total maximum of concurrently used sets to increase to 36 with 2 to remain in reserve.


The Class 92 SCS uses Siemens instruments for control

Special Service[edit]

During festivities, the KTM Class 92 is used for special services. Special services typically occur during occasions such as the "homecoming" exodus, saw class 92 sets operating intercity routes, such as the KL Sentral-Ipoh route complementing the ETS train service. In other festivities, such as the festival of Tiffin Coffin (Taipusam), the class 92 also provides service from Ipoh direct to Batu Caves.

Maintenance and Depot[edit]

The Class 92 sets will be maintained by its manufacturer CSR Zhuzhou. The maintenance facility will be based mainly at KTM’s Sentul Komuter Depot while a minor secondary base will be located at Tanjung Malim.[11] The Batu Gajah Rail depot will continue its role as the testing place for new Class 92 sets.

On top of all that, a new special 16.34 hectares (40 acres) commuter maintenance depot is being built (completion by Sept 2013) in the vicinity of Seremban station to house the class 92. The depot will have a capacity of stabling 19 six coach Class 92 sets and be able to conduct simultaneous maintenance work on up to 6 sets of commuter trains. The depot will also have up to 15 tracks of 6km each to store and maintain trains. The depot will also stage other Rawang-Seremban line rolling stocks.[12]

Design and Construction[edit]

The Class 92 SCS is one of the first trains in Malaysia to introduce dynamic route passenger information systems.

The Class 92 is designed for low dwell times and high passenger seating capacity, being built with three double leaf doors per side and having full longitudinal seating at its cab-coaches. Its middle coaches feature a mixture of longitudinal and traverse 2+2 seating. It has wide gang-ways interconnecting each coach, allowing passengers to distribute effectively throughout the length of the train. However, two middle coaches of the class 92 is designated women's only coaches by its operator KTM. Thus, limiting full interactivity within the train set. Dynamic route maps located above doors details trains position relative to station in real-time. CCTVs and 3-pin power outlets are provided as further features. Since the train is to operate in the tropics, the trains have an over-head air-conditioning systems, to provide ventilation, dehumidification and comfortable temperature control.[8]

The exterior and interior of the class 92 is fully designed in Germany by Tricon Design AG for CSR Zhuzhou.Featuring a Malaysian tiger inspired front motif and tiger fur side coating. It was then assembled in CSR Zhuzhou's Electric Plant train factory in China.[6] While power traction units and vehicle control systems were built by Siemens in Germany. [8][13]

Formation[edit]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5 6
Seating capacity 50 57 57 57 57 50
Designation Mc Tp M M Tp Mc
Set Designation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Arrival Date Status Launch Date
Class 92 SCS 1 C9201 T9201 M9201 M9202 T9202 C9202 Arrived Sept 22 Operational 8 March
Class 92 SCS 2 C9203 T9203 M9203 M9204 T9204 C9204 Arrived Oct 19 Operational 8 March
Class 92 SCS 3 C9205 T9205 M9205 M9206 T9206 C9206 Arrived Nov Operational 8 March
Class 92 SCS 4 C9207 T9207 M9207 M9208 T9208 C9208 Arrived Nov Operational 8 March
Class 92 SCS 5 C9209 T9209 M9209 M9210 T9210 C9210 Arrived Nov Operational 31 March
Class 92 SCS 6 C9211 T9211 M9211 M9212 T9212 C9212 Arrived Nov Operational 31 March
Class 92 SCS 7 C9213 T9213 M9213 M9214 T9214 C9214 Arrived Dec Operational 31 March
Class 92 SCS 8 C9215 T9215 M9215 M9216 T9216 C9216 Arrived Dec Operational 31 March
Class 92 SCS 9 C9217 T9217 M9217 M9218 T9218 C9218 Arrived Dec Operational 31 March
Class 92 SCS 10 C9219 T9219 M9219 M9220 T9220 C9220 Arrived Jan Operational 31 March
Class 92 SCS 11 C9221 T9221 M9221 M9222 T9222 C9222 Arrived Jan Operational May
Class 92 SCS 12 C9223 T9223 M9223 M9224 T9224 C9224 Arrived Jan Operational May
Class 92 SCS 13 C9225 T9225 M9225 M9226 T9226 C9226 Arrived Feb Operational May
Class 92 SCS 14 C9227 T9227 M9227 M9228 T9228 C9228 Arrived Feb Operational May
Class 92 SCS 15 C9229 T9229 M9229 M9230 T9230 C9230 Arrived Feb Operational May
Class 92 SCS 16 C9231 T9231 M9231 M9232 T9232 C9232 Arrived Feb Operational May
Class 92 SCS 17 C9233 T9233 M9233 M9234 T9234 C9234 Arrived Operational May
Class 92 SCS 18 C9235 T9235 M9235 M9236 T9236 C9236 Arrived Operational May
Class 92 SCS 19 C9237 T9237 M9237 M9238 T9238 C9238 Arrived Operational June
Class 92 SCS 20 C9239 T9239 M9239 M9240 T9240 C9240 Arrived Operational June
Class 92 SCS 21 C9241 T9241 M9241 M9242 T9242 C9242 Arrived Operational June
Class 92 SCS 22 C9243 T9243 M9243 M9244 T9244 C9244 Arrived Operational June
Class 92 SCS 23 C9245 T9245 M9245 M9246 T9246 C9246 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 24 C9247 T9247 M9247 M9248 T9248 C9248 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 25 C9249 T9249 M9249 M9250 T9250 C9250 Arrived Retired July
Class 92 SCS 26 C9251 T9251 M9251 M9252 T9252 C9252 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 27 C9253 T9253 M9253 M9254 T9254 C9254 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 28 C9255 T9255 M9255 M9256 T9256 C9256 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 29 C9257 T9257 M9257 M9258 T9258 C9258 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 30 C9259 T9259 M9259 M9260 T9260 C9260 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 31 C9261 T9261 M9261 M9262 T9262 C9262 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 32 C9263 T9263 M9263 M9264 T9264 C9264 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 33 C9265 T9265 M9265 M9266 T9266 C9266 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 34 C9267 T9267 M9267 M9268 T9268 C9268 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 35 C9269 T9269 M9269 M9270 T9270 C9270 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 36 C9271 T9271 M9271 M9272 T9272 C9272 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 37 C9273 T9273 M9273 M9274 T9274 C9274 Arrived Operational July
Class 92 SCS 38 C9275 T9275 M9275 M9276 T9276 C9276 Arrived Operational July

Cars 2 and 5 are equipped with a double-arm Z-shaped pantograph.
Cars 3 and 4 are designated women's only car.

Corruption Investigation[edit]

The purchase of the KTM class 92 was notably under investigation by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) over its tender process. In 2008, the Chinese railway manufacturer Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd, being the lowest bidder, was originally awarded the tender to build 3 car sets at the cost of RM 13.7 million. This figure later increased to RM 48 million per 6 car set. According to the details revealed to the press about the investigation, the re-negotiation process was held directly with the manufacturer and there was certain irregularities in pricing. The investigation is still on-going.[14][15][16]

This is not the only set of irregularities in railway procurement occurring in Malaysia. In 2009, the Malaysian Ministry of Transport was under investigation over the purchase of used diesel multiple units. Following the investigation and general consensus at parliament at the time. The purchase of used these diesel multiple units was eventually canceled.[17][18]

Operational Issues[edit]

There has been a number of issues related to the Class 92. In a comment by KTMB's incumbent president, Elias Kadir has noted that the class 92 is "not up to standard".[19] In other related incidents, in which Class 92 sets malfunctioned was due reportedly to poor maintenance and non-payment to suppliers.[19]

Poor fleet management has led to many KTM Class 92 sets to have gone without routine maintenance, thus leading to a void in manufacturer warranty. According to the Auditor-General’s Report, The sum of RM99.94 million paid by the Railway Assets Corporation (PAC) to CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Limited to service the six-car Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) cannot be reimbursed due to KTMB's failure in its part of sending the trains for necessary maintenance. [20]

Vandalism[edit]

Immediately, following its launch a number of KTM Class 92 were intentionally damaged, at least 20 side windows are cracked or holed, due a number of stone throwing incidents. [21] This has culminated in a number of media reports. Despite the incidents, KTMB has no intention of upgrading the SCS to shatter proof glass[22] to counter these incident. This implies that the glasses used are not shatter proof and poses a certain danger to commuters traveling on the SCS.

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

On 15 February 2013 at 23:00, an out-of-service KTM Class 92 SCS 25 derailed near Shah Alam station while returning to Sentul depot for maintenance. No one was injured. The train was heavily damaged and was subsequently written off.[23]

Launch Delays[edit]

The premature decay in KTM class 8X circa 2006-2012, led to a public outcry for new commuter rolling stock. Hence, there was a need for a fast-tracked tender of new trains in order to meet the rising rail passenger demand.

Originally the first set was expected to be launched in December 2011,[4] it was later delayed to January[24] and then February 2012.[25] The eventual launch date for Class 92 took place on March 8, 2012.[1]

[26] Reports place the delay as a result of further operational testing, and driver training.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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