Kuala Lumpur Train Station very for cheap and easy travel
The Kuala Lumpur train station is one of the few colonial era buildings designed by the Architect General A.B Hubback that is still in service today.
Completed in 1910, the neo Moorish theme of the building brings back images of the heyday of the British Empire. For me, the Kuala Lumpur train station reminds me of Agatha Christie’s novel “Murder on the Orient Express”.
Actually the building is designed with a mixture of western and mughal styles which is quite similar to the Moorish style of architecture. You get a sense of grandeur when you walk into the main building which is dominated by horseshoe shaped arches and large chhatris.
The station comprises of one main terminal building and three platforms that serve four railway tracks. The terminal building is where the main hall, ticket counters and offices are located.
On the north wing, a 3 storey addition was added during the early stages of its operation. This part of the building features colonial era designs with arches of different sizes and surrounding verandahs. As opposed to most exposed brickwork buildings of the same era, the facade of the Kuala Lumpur train station is fully plastered.
The three platforms are covered corrugated roof sheets propped up by heavy steel girders frames. Parts of the roof were originally exposed to allow for the exhaust smoke of the steam locomotives to ventilate.
The platforms are linked together with the main terminal building through two underground passageways. The side of the platforms opposite the main building is surrounded by a wall that is in the same style as the main terminal building.
1n 1986, the station underwent a refurbishment giving the building a more modern look making the station look more like the Dayabumi Complex rather than its riginal “Maharaja styled” theme. An elevated walkway was also added to the station during the renovation allowing it to be connected to the Dayaumi complex located nearby.
Today, since the KTM Train Company shifted their operation center to the KL Sentral railway station, the Kuala Lumpur railway station has dwindled in importance. Nevertheless, the station is still in use serving as one of the stops for the KTM Komuter train that travel around Kuala Lumpur’s districts. It also serves as a bus station for the NICE Executive Coach and Plusliner Economy Express that runs between Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia.
Gone are the old days of nostalgia and romantic rail travel. In the old days, when you arrived at Kuala Lumpur train station, you arrived grandly under a high shed and you could view across the platforms just like what you find in older European train
Here, you know you have arrived in Asia when you are greeted with the sweltering heat and humidity and all the sounds of Asia penetrating the concourse. The tinge of spices from the food hangs in the air and the minarets and Moorish architecture of the building loudly announce that the inhabitants of this blustering metropolis are Muslims.
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