You know they are supposedly “upgrading” the Penang Hill Railway.
So what’s going to happen to all the vintage machinery (scroll down that page to see the equipment) that pulls up the funicular trains? There are two sets of such equipment to pull up the trains, one at the middle station and the other at the summit station.
The other day, I met a friend and he told me that someone from the UK was in Penang recently, interested in acquiring the wheel that pulls the cable (and the trains) up. Apparently, there is a funicular railway in Devon in the UK that is interested in the equipment.
So I googled ‘Devon’ and ‘funicular’ and found the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, which rises 500 feet above sea level – lower than the Penang Hill Railway. Check out the photo gallery here. Looks so charming and inviting.
This Cliff Railway was opened in 1890, around the same time that work on the earlier version of the Penang Hill Railway began. Check out the history of the Cliff Railway here.
While others are painstakingly preserving, protecting and restoring their heritage, we are getting rid of ours. How sad. Look how they treasure their heritage while we couldn’t care less.
As my friend asked, “Are we selling the family silver to buy some stainless steel?”