Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Back to the 50ies-The glory days of Connaught Bridge Power Station

The 50ies were the days when Connaught Bridge Power Station
in Klang was the largest power station in Malaya,
first commissioned in January 1953
and formally opened by the High Commissioner,General Sir Gerald Templer on 26 March 1953.
It  had a total generating capacity of 80MW of power
from 4 X 20MW Steam Turbine(Parsons)
The old plant was  fully utilised until it was decommissioned in 1984
ending a colorful era of the CEB Connaught Bridge as the locals fondly call it.

 



video clip of the opening ceremony in 1953




High Commissioner's,Selangor Regent's and Menteri Besar's autographs.

Scorpions rocking it out at Connaught Bridge Power Station.



The 20MW Parsons Steam Turbine.



The Babcock and Wilcox Boiler.



At the boiler no:1 control panel.



In the 90ies before being dismantled.



Output of a generator here.



The H & W, Harland & Wolff, black start diesel engine generator.



The old Babcock and Wilcok boiler before it was dismantled in 2004.











The present day building is used as a workshop for repair works by TNB Remaco.



The old pump house after more than 60 years.



Panorama shot of the old station.



The Coat of Arms of Central Electricity Board,
at the time when tigers and black leopards roamed the countryside.





Tuesday, February 19, 2013

KL at dusk

Kuala Lumpur at dusk from Ampang Hilir Lake Garden.

 

D90 with Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR DI-II VC lens,
F/22,exposure time 20 sec,ISO200,focal length 50mm,aperture priority at 7.52pm.




D90 with Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR DI-II VC lens,
F/8,exposure time 1/13sec,ISO200,focal length 18mm,aperture priority at 7.40pm.



D90 with Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR DI-II VC lens,
F/32,exposure time 5 sec,ISO200,focal length 17mm,aperture priority at 7.45pm.



D90 with Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR DI-II VC lens,
F/32,exposure time 30 sec,ISO200,focal length 17mm,aperture priority at 7.47pm.



My son Leon in a panorama shot with Samsung S3.





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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kuala Sungai Karang Pillbox Revisit

Checking on the British WW2 Pillbox at Kuala Sungai Karang
after my last visit 3 years ago
and so much have changed since.



Here is how it looks like 3 years ago
and notice it is tilting in a different position now.










Erosion have exposed an old water well meant for the defenders of this pillbox
from the 22 Indian Infantry Brigade.



 http://www.britain-at-war.org.uk/WW2/London_Gazette/Malaya_Command/html/body_p1s6.htm 
35. At Kuantan the small cantonment lies a mile or so from the sea in the bend of the Kuantan River. North of the river are some 12 miles of beach suitable for landing. South of the river mouth there are also good landing beaches but a tributary of the Kuantan River blocks the deployment from these beaches northwards. The road from Jerantut (100 miles distant) crosses the Kuantan River by a ferry west of the cantonment. The aerodrome was situated near this road some 7 miles west of the ferry.
The Commander of the Kuantan Force of one weak brigade group which had only moved into position in April, 1941, was instructed that his primary task was to secure the aerodrome for the use of our Air Force and to deny it to the enemy. The beaches were far too long to hold in strength, but if the enemy was allowed to land unopposed he could concentrate a large force for an attack on the aerodrome. Moreover , the slow ferry crossing of the Kuanton River was a source of great weakness. The plan, which I approved, was to deploy one battalion on the beaches, where material defences were constructed, and to hold one battalion for the defence of the river lines and of the aerodrome. I also authorised the construction of a swinging pontoon bridge across the river which, however, owing to difficulty in getting suitable material was not finished in time. Communication with Kuantan was by military wireless and by a civil land line. Both these channels of communication were subject to frequent interruption.




Branches of this uprooted tree seems to be crying out for help.



A panaorama shot of Kuala Sungai Karang,








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Monday, February 11, 2013

Night Visitor

A night visitor on the very first day of the snake year.
Looks like a very rough year ahead for this small tree frog
which wondered off into the house
probably looking for a safer place from the predator outside.

 

compared with an Olympus ZX1





sleeping mode on the chinese tea table





and it's back to nature where she belongs





Saturday, February 9, 2013

In search of the elusive TC sunrise

As the saying goes,'so near yet so far'
same is the elusive TC sunrise which still remains elusive.
As the Chinese New year approaches i would to like wish
chinese visitors here a Happy and Prosperous year of the water snake.























Panorama with Samsung S3



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