KTM Ekspres Lambaian Aidilfitri 1028up (ELA1) Train from KL Sentral to Tumpat
The KTM Ekspres Lambaian Aidilfitri is a seasonal KTM Intercity train operating between KL Sentral and Tumpat for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2023 long weekend. With a seemingly once-a-year rare train, I decided to book my ticket for the first run of Ekspres Lambaian Aidilfitri even though I wasn’t going back to any kampungs just to ride on a KTM Intercity train from KL Sentral to Tumpat.
KTM Ekspres Lambaian Aidilfitri Route Map
KTM Ekspres Lambaian Aidilfitri Running Dates
The first departure rake is abbreviated as ELA1, with the second abbreviated as ELA2.
- 19 April 2023 (ELA1): Kuala Lumpur Sentral Railway Station (KL Sentral) ▶ Tumpat Railway Station
- 20 April 2023 (ELA2): Kuala Lumpur Sentral Railway Station (KL Sentral) ▶ Tumpat Railway Station
- 24 April 2023 (ELA1): Tumpat Railway Station ▶ Kuala Lumpur Sentral Railway Station (KL Sentral)
- 25 April 2023 (ELA2): Tumpat Railway Station ▶ Kuala Lumpur Sentral Railway Station (KL Sentral)
I headed to Kuala Lumpur Sentral Railway Station (KL Sentral) early in good time for boarding.
Special banners had been printed advertising the waiting area for Ekspres Lambaian Aidilfitri 1028up around Gate A.
The Ekspres Lambaian Aidilfitri 1028up train number and departure date and time are displayed on the screen when scanned in.
Heading down the escalator to the platform for some good pictures of the empty train. Thank you to KTMB Marketing, Promotions & Advertising Unit for allowing me to board early.
There are 3 ADNS sleeper coaches attached on ELA1 which is the most popular class of booking as there are proper beds here.
For ELA2, there are 2 ADNS coaches.
My lower berth at 24.
Ekspres Lambaian Aidilfitri Gift Box
A box of goodies commemorating the holidays is placed on the side table in my berth.
The gift box has 2 design on each side, with the KTM Senandung Aidilfitri theme of 2023 on the front and a KTM Intercity coach design with window and Jalur Gemilang livery on the rear.
Inside the gift box is a bottle of Yeo’s drink, a jar of peanuts, a box of cookies, 5 pieces of Senandung Aidilfitri Sampul Raya, and a RM5 voucher for your next ETS trip.
Use promo code RAYALAKITA for RM5 off your next ETS trip. Promotion is for Malaysians only. Other terms and conditions apply as stated on the voucher.
For the upper berths, the box of goodies are placed on the pillow.
Both sitting and squat toilets are available on board the ADNS.
The Chillax Coach is attached for passengers to lounge in.
The availability of bean bags is about halved as they are split between ELA1 and ELA2.
An ABC (Air-conditioned Buffet Coach) is also attached for food and beverage sales.
Packaged snacks and drinks are also stocked up in the counter.
5 ASC (Air-conditioned Second Class) coaches attached.
The interior of the ASC (Hyundai-Padu Sedia) has 60 seats in a 2+2 configuration in a fixed forward or reverse direction.
Goodie boxes are placed on every seat on board the ASC (Hyundai-Padu Sedia).
1 AFC (Air-conditioned First Class) coach is attached at the rear of the train.
The newly-refurbished AFC1417 in-house by KTM themselves makes its debut on the Ekspres Lambaian Aidilfitri 1028up (ELA1). Fresh exterior stickers have been applied for the stainless steel Jalur Gemilang livery.
Seats on the AFC (Air-Conditioned First Class) are laid out in a 2+1 configuration which can be rotated towards the direction of travel.
The purple seats have been cleaned up and repainted with all head pillows replaced.
The flooring has also been changed back to carpet from the previous “refurbishment” to vinyl similar to the ASC.
Walls have been repainted to white.
Lighting has been changed to warm light.
Goodie boxes are placed on every seat on board the AFC (Air-Conditioned First Class).
Hooks on the walls have been replaced back.
Power sockets are available on the wall with 1 set of a 3-pin and 2 USB power sockets catering for each seat.
The single seat has a single set of 3-pin and 2 USB power sockets.
The window seat of the pair seats has 1 set of 2 3-pin and 2 USB power sockets.
Toilets have been also repainted to white on most facilities which gives a brighter and cleaner feel. New vinyl flooring have also been installed.
Making a brief stop at Bandar Tasik Selatan Railway Station.
Making a brief stop at Kajang Railway Station.
Making a brief stop at Seremban Railway Station.
Making a brief stop at Pulau Sebang Railway Station (Tampin Railway Station).
25102 Pulau Besar decouples from the Ekspres Lambaian Aidilfitri 1028up to run around and head to the wye junction to turn the locomotive around to have the cab facing forward to Tumpat Railway Station.
The front is now the rear of the train.
I woke up to a wet and gloomy morning on approach to Kuala Lipis.
Making a 10-minute stop at Kuala Lipis Railway Station for a crew change.
The platform was ponding due to the rain.
Making a brief stop at Gua Musang Railway Station platform, but will be staying in the station for a while.
Heading into the loop line of Ekspres Lambaian Aidilfitri 1028up.
I headed over to the ABC to get breakfast.
I bought a Bee Hoon Goreng which was the only main left on the shelf for RM8. Unfortunately, the microwave was not working, so it’s cold Bee Hoon for me.
Passing through the old Gua Musang Railway Station.
Looks like the old station canteen has been repurposed to a new canteen.
The signal box with levers still remain on the platform.
The old sidings are still in use by maintenance of way vehicles.
Heading back in through the jungle.
Entering Bertam Baru Railway Station loop line for an operational stop.
Bertam Baru Railway Station (Operational Stop)
The Shuttle Timuran 53dn passing the token of the previous section to the porter.
As Bertam Baru Railway Station has low platforms, passengers must climb down the steps to alight from the train.
I was recommended to take photos inside the ticket counter area by a station staff.
There is another mural of a bridgte on a lake with a motorbike for poses.
The ticket counter window is small leading to the Station Master’s office.
The station building of Bertam Baru Railway Station.
Old track equipment are on display at Bertam Baru Railway Station.
Departing from Bertam Baru Railway Station at 11.40am.
Heading on to the Clementi Bridge over Sungai Betis.
Making a brief stop at Dabong Railway Station.
Mains were sold out at lunch time so the only hot food option was Roti Bakar with butter and kaya. I ordered a Kopi Ais (RM3.50) and 1 set of Roti Bakar (RM3) for a simple and light lunch.
Bukit Abu Railway Station (Operational Stop)
Bukit Abu Railway Station is a simple station building which opens out to the platform only.
A new high platform is being built at Bukit Abu Railway Station on top of the existing grass platform.
The Shuttle Timuran 55dn passing the token of the previous section to the porter.
As Bukit Abu Railway Station has low platforms, passengers must climb down the steps to alight from the train. Passengers in the last door have lucky access to the future high platform, but must descend from it by a makeshift step.
Departing from Bukit Abu Railway Station at 1.15pm.
Looks like the upcoming high platform is elevated from the existing grass platform, leaving a gap in the middle.
Making a brief stop at Kuala Krai Railway Station where groups of passengers started to alight.
22 Class Locomotive EMRAIL RE 7003 (formerly KTM Berhad 22115 Kuala Lipis) is stabling at Kuala Krai Railway Station.
Another EMRAIL 22 Class and 17 Class locomotives stabling at Kuala Krai.