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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Wild dogs confirmed to have disrupted Penang hill train service

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Hill Corporation today confirmed that the mechanical failure which halted the train service two weeks ago was caused by collision involving wild dogs.

Its director Datuk Lee Kah Choon said that the collision occurred when three dogs were crossing the track where the train was traveling at four metres per second at KM1.970.

"The train driver said two dogs got to the other side while the third animal knocked against a coach," Lee told reporters here.

Lee said that shift manager Mohamad Shuki Abdullah found the remains of the dog splattered on the track and side of the coach.

The collision caused an electrical connector to malfunction, stopping the air-conditioning and automatic door system, he said.

The train service had to be stopped for two days to rectify the mechanical failure.

Lee said the corporation suffered losses amounting to RM30,000 due to repairs and disruption of service.

The 87-year-old cable train service had been stopped for a year until last April for upgrading work which cost the Tourism Ministry RM73 million to replace the funicular coaches with the new Swiss-made coaches.



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