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New trains for Sabah State Railway

Logo of Sabah State Railways

TRANSIT focuses more on Peninsular Malaysia and the Klang Valley but we are always interested in public transport throughout the country. Today we share some information about the Sabah State Railway, including the return of rail service to the line and future Commuter Services.

Background Information

Sabah State Railway (SSR) is a railway system and operator in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. It is the currently the only rail transport system operating on the island of Borneo. The railway consists of a single 134km line from Tanjung Aru, near Kota Kinabalu, to the town of Tenom, in the Interior Division. It was formerly known as North Borneo Railway.

Location: Sabah, Malaysia
Dates of operation: 1896–present
Track gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 33⁄8 in) (Metre gauge)
Length: 134 km
Headquarters: Kota Kinabalu

The route (from north to south – main stations are indicated in bold & bullet point)

  • Tanjung Aru
  • Papar
  • Beaufort
  • Halogilat
  • Tenom

For further information, please see the following

The photos! (please note that the photos come from various sources but were obtained from

15 replies on “New trains for Sabah State Railway”

Could you please tell me if the sabah state railway is now operational? We are visiting Sabah in November 2011 and as my father worked as chief engineer and acting general manager in the 1950’s -1961 and worked on the railway from 1930 as locomotive superintendant we would very much like to ride on the railway again.

Hi @J Sproson

The Sabah State Railway is still operational but there are problems on the furthest stretches after Beaufort. There will be no problem with rail service from Kota Kinabalu (Tanjong Aru) but the stretches further south may not have service.

For more information, please check out the Sabah State Railways website and the discussion forum (last updated on 12 January 2011) on for more recent updates.

Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

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