Ekspres Selatan 41dn Overnight Train from Gemas to JB Sentral
Ekspres Selatan 41dn is the overnight train from Gemas to JB Sentral departing in the wee hours of the morning at 2am. I had planned this trip as Ekspres Selatan 41dn would be the first domestic passenger train to enter JB Sentral after the JB Sentral-Kempas Baru sector closure, but the train service restart was actually done earlier on 19 June 2022 together with the Shuttle Tebrau restart. With a ticket purchased in hand already though, I decided to proceed for this overnight trip anyway, and extend my annual KTM Singapore Sector anniversary trip from Gemas instead of the usual Woodlands Train Checkpoint (Woodlands CIQ).
The KITS gate for Ekspres Selatan 41dn was open 15 minutes before departure. Passengers must scan their ticket on the KITS gate to enter.
Heading across the linkbridge to Platform 2.
Heading down the staircase to Platform 2.
Doors to the passenger seating area are manual with physical retract.
The interior of the ASC (ICF-Padu Sedia). Half of the seats are facing the direction of travel and the other half in reverse in a 2+2 configuration.
The space available on board the ASC (ICF-Padu Sedia) with the tray table and recline fully extended.
The legroom on board the ASC (ICF-Padu Sedia). The ASC (ICF-Padu Sedia) offers more legroom than the ASC (Hyundai-Padu Sedia). as it was formerly the EPLUS with 74 seats, as compared to the original ASC (Hyundai) with 52 seats.
A tray table is available for all seats except Rows 1 and 15.
Both toilets on board the ASC (ICF-Padu Sedia) are Western-style toilet bowls.
Unsurprisingly, the Ekspres Selatan 41dn ran almost empty throughout the entire journey at this weird timing.
Making a brief stop at Segamat Railway Station.
Making a brief stop at Labis Railway Station.
Making a brief stop at Bekok Railway Station.
Making a brief stop at Paloh Railway Station.
Surprisingly, 1 passenger alighted at Paloh.
Mengkibol Railway Station (Operational Stop)
Making a brief stop at Layang-Layang Railway Station.
Making a brief stop at Kulai Railway Station.
Entering JB Sentral.
Heading up the escalators to the concourse.
No Electrical Signalling and Trackside Equipment at JB Sentral
I headed to the flyover north of KOMTAR JBCC to spot the new operations at JB Sentral to round loco.
There is currently no electrical signalling at JB Sentral.
27 minutes after arrival, at 6.55am, 24121 finally appeared on the northern end of JB Sentral. A sign of how long things take now without electrical trackside equipment.
A signalman now rides the light engine to the point which needs to be switched.
Points are now changed manually by hand crank. Each point requires manual effort and switches take a few minutes to be set.
After the track has been set, the signalman rides the light engine back to the platform. 24121 will then bring the empty rake back to Kempas Baru depot.
Overall, it was a quiet and slow-paced train ride in the wee hours of the morning. Now to begin my annual KTM Singapore Sector visit with Shuttle Tebrau 73dn.