A map of the Federated Malay State Railways metre gauge system as it existed in 1929 showing the section of the east coast line still under construction between Menapoh and Manek Urai. This was completed in 1932 only to be lifted again by the Japanese during WW2 and then reinstated again post war.
The origins of the Malaysian peninsular as a series of independent states led to a piecemeal development of the metre gauge railways system with the first two sections opening in 1890. It was to be 1909 before Singapore was linked to Penang and 1920 when the line reached the Siamese border; whilst the east coast line from Gemas to Kota Bharu was not completed until 1932.
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