Ipoh Railway Station is a most imposing structure. The station was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, it was first constructed and opened in 1935. The building also houses the hotel called the Majestic Hotel which also known as the “Taj Mahal of Ipoh” by its locals with its Moorish domes and turrets, closely resembles its Kuala Lumpur counterpart.
Construction of the railway station and hotel began in 1917 but the magnificent work of architecture designed by A.B. Hubback was not completed until 18 years later.
[Ipoh Railway Station]
[Ipoh Tree in front of the train station]
In January 2008, the double tracking and electrification project was completed and the Ipoh station has undergone rehabilitation not only incorporate modern elements while keeping its historical look, but also to accommodate the double track.
[Ipoh City Hall opposite the railway station]
It has been a favourite filming site for many local and foreign productions, including Hollywood’s Anna and the King and also a venue for pre-wedding photograph. It is an impressive landmark fronted with a flower garden and across it, is the Dewan Bandaraya or City Hall, a white and huge neo-classical building.
Sadly the hotel which was opened at the same time as the railway station in 1935, will cease all operations by end of March 2011. It is understood that the hotel premises will be handed back to the Railway Asset Corporation as the lease is expiring.
In the first week of August 2010, the Electric Train Service (ETS) between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur was scheduled to operate with a fare of RM30. With a speed of 140km/h, the ETS is expected to reduce travel time between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur to about two hours from three hours previously. There are two separate counter for the train ticket so make sure you go to the right counter for ETS, at KL Central their counter will be next to Air Asia on the 1st level.
Then in December 2010 two of the nation’s major rail operators have joined hands to bring Ipoh closer to KLIA and in so doing, offer greater convenience to air travellers living in the state. Passengers now can buy tickets to travel from Ipoh all the way to KLIA or LCCT, from the ETS counter. The travelling time between Ipoh and KLIA or LCCT would now take less than 3 hours, this travel mode certainly offers the fastest option.
Official website : www.ets-train.com.my