The Penang Hill railway will be closed for annual inspection for a week in January – and this might be a good time to check the electric contacts.
The inspection on 7-13 January 2013 will be carried out by Garaventa and SISAG.
They might want to look more closely at the electric contacts that pick up power for the carriages. One engineer claims these contacts are likely to get worn out quickly and have to be replaced often.
The problem is the contacts lying flat on the side of the track when they should be upright, he says. “The hump (in the new section of the track – see photo below) is the main cause for the major wear of the contacts,” adds the engineer.
Such contacts cost around A$35 each in Australia. Perhaps that price should also be compared to the replacement cost over here.