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|
|Year built||number/name||FMSR Class||
|Ransomes & Rapier||150||1881||1 Perak||1||1||Calcutta class, became Sentul Works pilot, withdrawn 1916, cut 1920.|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||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|Neilson||4626||1893||9||C||18||Withdrawn & scrapped Oct 1924|
|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CD 23 in 1919, withdrawn 8/1924|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|
|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||6109||1902||32||G||55||Scrapped 4/1934|
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|Burma E and O||C² class|
|M class||O class||P class||Mallet|
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