Perak State Railway

Despite reports to the contrary this was not the first railway in Malaya (now known as West Malaysia), it was merely the fact that the Taiping to Port Weld line was the first to open of those lines which went on to form the Federated Malay States Railway, now known as Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad or KTMB.

For information the earlier lines were the Johore Wooden Railway in the early 1870s, the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company in 1877 and the Penang Steam Tramway in the early 1880's.

The Taiping to Port Weld line, 8 miles 6 chains, was built to serve the tin-mining industry and opened on 1st June 1885. It would be almost 5 years before the next section from Taiping to Kamunting, 3 miles 50 chains, was opened on 6th May 1890 and this was followed by Kamunting to Ulu Sepatang, 5 miles 22 chains, on 1st July 1892. The rest of the system was built in isolated sections over the next 10 years and not all sections were joined together until after the merger with the Selangor Government Railway in 1901 which formed the Federated Malay States Railway. A branch line was opened from Ipoh to Tronoh on 15th October 1908 to serve the tin mines, its length being 14 miles and 63 chains. the fnal section from Tronoh to the mines was opened on 11th September 1909 and added a further 63 chains. This branch was closed by the Japanese occupiers on 9th June 1943 with the track being sent to the Burma-Siam Railway and was never reinstated. The Telok Anson branch which was opened on 19th May 1893 was closed by the Japanese occupiers on 10th July 1943 and the track sent to the Burma-Siam Railway but this branch line was reinstated after WWII.

Perak State Railway locomotives
Manufacturer Works
number
Year built number/name FMSR Class FMSR
July 1901
Notes
Ransomes & Rapier 150 1881 1 Perak 1 1 Calcutta class, became Sentul Works pilot, withdrawn 1916, cut 1920.
Hunslet 342 1884 2 A 5 to CD 21 in October 1919
Hunslet 408 1886 3 A 9 to CD 22 in October 1919
Hunslet 502 1889 4 B 10  
Hunslet 537 1889 5 A 12 to CD 3 in September 1919
Hawthorn, Leslie 2232 1891 6 B 13 Scrapped 10/1926
Hunslet 582 1893 7 A 16 to CD 36 in January 1926
Neilson 4625 1893 8 C 17 Scrapped 9/1925
Neilson 4626 1893 9 C 18 Withdrawn & scrapped Oct 1924
Kitson 3521 1894 10 C 19  
Kitson 3522 1894 11 C 20  
Kitson 3523 1894 12 C 21  
Hunslet 623 1895 13 A 26 >FMSR 26 in 1901 >JSR 4 in 1907 >FMSR 4 in 1910 >CD 23 in 1919, withdrawn 8/1924
Hawthorn, Leslie 2323 1895 14 C 27 >JSR 5 in 1907, >FMSR 28 in 1912
Hawthorn, Leslie 2324 1895 15 C 28 >JSR 6 in 1907, >FMSR 29 in 1912
Hunslet 656 1896 16 A 29 >FMSR 29, 1901 >JSR 3, 1907 >CD 11, November 1912
Kitson 3681 1896 17 E 30  
Kitson 3682 1896 18 E 31  
Hunslet 681 1898 19 A 34  
Hunslet 682 1898 20 A 35  
Hunslet 691 1899 21 G 36  
Hunslet 692 1899 22 G 37  
Hunslet 693 1899 23 G 38  
Hunslet 694 1899 24 G 39  
R Stephenson 3007 1901 25 G 46 Scrapped 7/1934
R Stephenson 3008 1901 26 G 47 Scrapped 11/1931
R Stephenson 3009 1901 27 G 48 Scrapped 7/1934
Neilson, Reid 6105 1902 28 G 51 Scrapped 7/1934
Neilson, Reid 6106 1902 29 G 52 Scrapped 7/1931
Neilson, Reid 6107 1902 30 G 53  
Neilson, Reid 6108 1902 31 G 54  
Neilson, Reid 6109 1902 32 G 55 Scrapped 4/1934
Neilson, Reid 6110 1902 33 G 56  

 

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Burma E and O C class

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M class O class P class Mallet
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S class

T class

WWII Sentinel WD class  

 

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