Malayan Railways - A Brief Introduction, by Patrick G. Smith
Published by the British Overseas Railways Journal in 2006, 74 pages, all printed on glossy paper. A4 Size Booklet (N4692P1)
From the rear side cover: Little is known amongst railway enthusiasts of the history and development of Malaysia's railways. This is almost certainly due to the lack of accessible published information, which is unfortunate as the railways present a fascinating example of colonial development.
This book seeks to provide enthusiasts with a brief history of the railway and its development. Whilst the early railways were built as common carriers, the main reason for their existence and the means to pay for them came from the mining and export of tin. These early railways then formed the nucleus of a national system which was progressively extended to serve the whole of peninsula Malaysia.
A history of the building and development of the railways is provided, together with details of the development of the locomotives. Also brief details are given of the rolling stock and permanent way, as well as a full locomotive listing. The book is illustrated with eighteen maps and diagrams and fifty four photographs.
The booklet is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs, tables, charts and maps
The condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.