Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station

Kuala Lumpur old Railway StationOne destination that is not included in most tourist packages when you are having vacation in Malaysia is the old railway station in Kuala Lumpur. Maybe because it’s just a train station, what is there really to see? But, this train station is of great heritage value and meaning to the nation. It is the grandest train station built in the city. Do make time to visit the Railway station to view its spectacular architectural design. Or, you could just pass by the station while on your way to another destination in the city. The architectural design is a combination of indo-Saracen and Western one. The building stands as a grand against the skyline of the more modern and taller skyscrapers that have been developed over the years.

Located along Sultan Hishamuddin Street, the station accommodates train services that pass through the entire city. Train services started on the first of August in the year 1910 during the colonial days. Today, the platforms have been raised a little to accommodate more convenient boarding of the KTM Komuter train services. The building is a must-see that is about 8 decades old but major renovations have been conducted, carefully leaving the traditional and grand architecture out from being changed. The Railway station used to be the heart of the city when it came to public transportation. Back in the olden days, this grand building was where the trains would stop. It was the central station and was always crowded during peak hours. Today, a more modern central station has been built and operates elsewhere; the KL Sentral. The Railway station only accommodates commuter trains passing by but is no longer the central station for the train services.

The Railway station has three platforms. Every platform was busy back in the day when the station was the main station for intercity travelers. Ticket counters were located within the stations and there were many trains coming in to export goods across state border lines as well as throughout the city, it certainly was a busy place. Today, a museum dedicated to display and showcases some old equipment and a fire engine dating back to the colonial days of the nation are on display here. Some of this old equipment was moved from the original warehouse located in the city of Klang to be kept here in the old railway station.

A hotel located here called the Station Hotel has still been kept in business although the station had its last intercity train pull into the station in 2001. Many tourists who still believe in visiting this grand old dame of a station still come here and make the Station Hotel their choice of accommodation when in the city. Most Malaysians of the older generation consider this a heritage tourist spot that they will always cherish because this was the grand central station back in those days. It has been replaced by the more modern and greys KL Sentral which is more convenient as it links the entire city together through the many train lines that pass through the KL Sentral station.

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on Feb 02, 2012