TENOM: Minus the beautiful scenery and good company, the two-hour trip by railcar from Beaufort to Tenom was terrible.
The 40 passengers sat on thinly cushioned seats and endured vigorous rattling as the diesel-powered railcar snaked its way up the Sungai Padas route.
The railcar stopped after about an hour on the track. Passengers had to walk past a 30m landslip to a second railcar that came from Tenom to continue their journey.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Rahim Bakri and state Assistant Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Seri Michael Asang led engineers and technicians here recently to find out why a RM334 million federal-funded project that started in 2005 to upgrade the railway service, stretching 134km from Kota Kinabalu to here, had yet to be completed.
The project was divided into two sectors, each to be upgraded by different contractors who have pledged to complete the work by the middle of the year after failing to do so last year.
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