The speedy train ride up Penang Hill is not to everyone’s liking, especially those who want to savour the natural surroundings on the way up.
This letter was published in a local newspaper:
HAVING read about the new and better trains going up Penang Hill without the need to alight at the Middle Station for a change of trains, I finally found time to experience the ride personally.
Since it was a weekend, there was a crowd at the Lower Station but it was well-controlled and orderly.
Once I was in the train and it began to move, I was somewhat uncomfortable at the speed at which it was travelling.
The ‘excitement’ with the old trains, which gradually rose above sea level and enabled passengers to see the land below become more and more distant as well as various types of trees, plants, ferns and even pitcher plants (monkey cups) on the side of the tracks, was gone.
Was there really any need to ‘rush’ up to the top of the hill?
The return trip was more unpleasant and scary to me as the train was travelling at a fast speed.
It would be appreciated if the train operator could consider slowing down the speed of the trains.
Eustace Anthony Nonis,