Monday, April 11, 2011

Nostalgic trains of Borneo-Ride back to the 70s.

I have been thinking of this ride for quite sometime,
a ride which basically brings one back to the 70s,
a twisting and winding ride through the Padas Gorge
on a track which was first build in 1903
which we might not be able to experience
after the line is fully upgraded.
Well! For a minimal fare of RM2.75 for a 2.5hrs,48km ride,
what is there to complain!


The railcar i took from Beaufort to Halogilat station
before switching to another for the next ride to Tenom.


The coach from Halogilat to Tenom, the most interesting part of the ride.



Here is the ride for the return journey(Halogilat to Beaufort).


A 1968 Hitachi Diesel locomotive.



Bamboo and water buffalo.


Solar panels for used at the Halogilat station to run computers and lightings.



The line which runs beside the Padas river
 offers a breathtaking and scenic view of the river gorge.



Here everything goes in because it's the only means of transport through this gorge.



An eerie looking cloud with sharp claws seen above the gorge.



The fast rapids awaits white water rafters.


Tenom Pangi Hydro Power Station Dam.



The hydro station.


The dam.





An emergency ride with ball bearings and a stick for paddling
used by the locals at night when there are no train running.



Sabah State Railway

Sabah Map


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13 comments:

alicesg said...

Looked very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Fantastic Ajane said...

wow..tambah rindu sabah ni...

JIPP said...

Wahhh. I've heard a lot about how scenic the scenery is along the railway but I've never seen it. And it really looks beautiful. And the dam! I've heard about it too but my imagination of it was totally different. I thought it was massive. LOL! Thanks for sharing all these Thomas.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, this is quite an adventure.

Cheqna said...

hi Thomas,

interesting ride, the sceneries are very nice.

thanks for sharing your journey!

:-)

Zazabong said...

So envy you.. can go travelling like this! Looks so interesting! I nv even take the chut-chut train b4 haha~

Organikaceh said...

Nice article with picture.
Thanks for share.
Greeting from Aceh.

Chybee said...

I wanna try this!!!

Faaein Himura said...

nice view... i like.. suka sangat tgk pemandangan yang kehijauan dan kebiruan.. (^^,)

papabear said...

love the train pics!!!

Anonymous said...

Credit for the posting, thousand of things can be imagined from the pictures...

JungleBoy said...

Actually, the scenery is really TERRIBLE. In the early 90s, the Padas Gorge was indeed scenic, because all the hills were clothed in mostly unlogged beautiful rainforest. Now, we see the result of unbridled GREED. I'm quite speechless seeing the effects of the Malaysian timber barons who stripped almost all the trees from the hills till they are almost barren. This is NOT the natural vegetation of the hills, it is nothing but a low stature tangled mass of belukar. And the river is totally teh tarik due to massive erosion.

Thomas Lee said...

Yah,you are right,left barren by the tycoons and people are suffering in the drought now.

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