THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (Malayan Railways)
of Malaysia
in 2002

by Neil Mackay

In 2002 Neil Mackay took a range of photographs of KTMB (previously known as Federated Malay States Railways) signalling and a selection are reproduced here along with his captions.

More information about KTMB, including a network map, can be found on the Wikipedia site.

Bukit Mertajam Jct

Bukit Mertajam Jct
Photograph 2002, by N Mackay

UQ and LQ semaphores with the road set for the Butterworth branch (ferry terminal for Penang Island).

Butterworth

Butterworth
Photograph 2002, by N Mackay

Perai River Bridge. The signalman has come to collect the token rather than have the driver drop it on to the hook in the foreground.

Butterworth
Photograph 2002, by N Mackay

3-aspect colour light with the route set for straight ahead. Note the diamond sign exempting from the KTMB equivalent of rule 55.

Chegar Perah

Chegar Perah
Photograph 2002, by N Mackay

Two EKT machines in the station office. Each is fitted with a transport magazine for balancing unequal workings. A wayside station on the East Coast Route between Kuala Lipis and Gua Musang.

Gemas

Gemas
Photograph 2002, by N Mackay

The former mechanical SB dating from 1963 which in turn replaced boxes at the north and south ends of the station. A Siemens panel now controls the entire station. This is the “Kinnaber Junction” of Malaysia where the East and West Coast Routes join. However, as we are looking north, the East Coast line diverges to the right; viewed from the departing 08.15 train M/92 to Tumpat (the “jungle train”).

Gua Musang

Gua Musang
Photograph 2002, by N Mackay

The points controlling access to the loop north of the station are worked by this SGE hand generator inside the SB “cage” on the main platform. An important location on the East Coast Route on the edge of the Taman Negara National Park.

Gua Musang
Photograph 2002, by N Mackay

Home and inner distant on the same post, with a motor drive (unclear whether for both arms or just one).

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru
Photograph 2002, by N Mackay

Just over the border and Woodlands Causeway from Singapore is this ringed arm signal.

Johor Bahru
Photograph 2002, by N Mackay

The frame is within a “cage” on the platform. 34 levers, 5 spares.

Johor Bahru
Photograph 2002, by N Mackay

what looks like a Railway Signal Co shunting signal; the only one I have seen with three arms, however.

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