February 5, 2012
Sabah’s colonial-styled passenger train relaunched after six-year
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s nostalgic steam locomotive ride into the countryside is
back on track again after a six-year hiatus.
Dubbed the North Borneo Railway, the colonial-styled passenger train, powered by a
Vulcan steam locomotive, chugged off from the Tanjung Aru station here to officially mark the relaunch of the
state’s tourist rail service.
On board the 38.5km ride to Papar was state Tourism, Culture and Environment
Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, who described the train service as one of Sabah’s unique tourist
“You don’t find this anywhere else in South-East Asia. It is a very unique tourism
product popular among the tourists.
“In the face of development, people want to look back to the past. This is the
past in the present,” he said yesterday after relaunching the service which ceased operations in 2005 when the
state’s railway line was upgraded.
The North Borneo Railway is a joint venture project between Sabah Railways
Department and Sutera Harbour Resort to give tourists an experience of the British North Borneo’s (now Sabah)
bygone era by transporting them into the countryside.
The rail line runs from Tanjung Aru through the small towns of Kinarut, Kawang and
Papar during a three-hour return trip.
The refurbished locomotives, built by Vulcan Foundry Ltd in Britain and had plied
Sabah’s railway lines since the 1880s, give passengers a feel of stepping back into the 1900s during the steam
The train service, which runs every Wednesday and Saturday, costs RM250 for adults
and RM150 for children aged between two and 12.
Meanwhile, Masidi congratulated Sabahan Alexander Yee for building the country’s
first upside-down house at Kampung Bantayan-Teli-bong in Tuaran, which could prove to be another tourist
“I am sure that many people would like to visit the house just for that
upside-down feeling,” he said.
Yeo had spent RM500,000 to build the 140sq m house, which has fully-equipped
living room, kitchen, bathrooms and rooms.
Source: The Star