North Borneo Railways is on track to roll again. Some basic facts about the train and NBR operations:
Locomotive: Vulcan Steam locomotive built in 1896, it is powered by firewood , as a poi nt of interest this is one of the rare few trains in the world that still uses firewood to power it.
Coaches: 5 coaches, each named after a town along the journey, like Papar, Kinarut, Tanjung Aru, Putatan and Kawang Each coach can sit 16 persons and total passenger load we will sell during our run will be 80 passengers per trip. For charter services the passenger load can increase up to 160 passengers. The coaches are all NON air conditional, and have fans in them and have a washroom in each coach.
Normal Scheduled Runs: The train will operate every Wednesday and Saturday, it will depart Tanjung Aru Railway station at 10.00 am to Papar and return to Tanjung aru Railway Station at about 1.45 pm. Along the way the train will do a 45 minute stop at Kinaurt to see the Chinese Temple and a 45 minute stop at Papar.
Meals: Tiffin Lunch will be served on board the return journey as soon as the Train departs Papar town. A tiffin Lunch is a Colonial style lunch served in a stackable metal container, very commonly used by the Indian community. The menu we have selected for the lunch will have items, such as Satays, Chicken Briyani, Prawns, Vegetables and fruits. Lunch is included in the price of the ticket. Additional beverages such as beers, soft drinks and wines will be sold on board the train during the journey.