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“Nostalgic Journey”

North Borneo Railway
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Owner description: The North Borneo Railway runs two weekly return departures (Wednesday, Saturday) from Kota Kinabalu to Papar, year round. Lasting approximately 4 hours, passengers experience the lush landscape of the coastal and rural regions of Sabah. A typical 'tiffin' colonial lunch will be served on the return trip.
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Heritage train, runs twice a week and journey last halfday in the morning only. Snacks, (Tiffin) Lunch and Desserts included.

Along the way, go back in time as this is the oldest remaining steam train in Sabah and Borneo. This is also a few handful in the world still in operation.

See the countryside inside fan carriages, pass through a tunnel, mangrove area, army camp, paddy fields, water village, have a picture taken in a Chinese temple and a final stop in a local market.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

I thought the cost of this train ride was pretty steep but I thoroughly enjoyed myself during the 4 hours and I must say it's totally worth it!

It was the first time we had been on a steam train and we were really excited to be able to get seats for the ride, which only happens on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so plan your trip in advance. The taxi fare from KK city to Tanjung Aru train station is 30RM, and do ask your taxi driver to pick u up at about 1.50pm from the station as there are hardly any cabs waiting there.

Before the train actually left the station, we could watch the engine coupling and there was ample time for everyone to take pictures of the front of the train. The train interior was colonial and the piped music provided the appropriate atmosphere for the adventure. 12 people to a cabin, not crowded at all.

The stewardess we had was polite and cheerful and we were wowed by her thoughtful service. Breakfast of tea/coffee with croissants was pretty filling - a whole basket to share between 2 people! Everyone is issued a train passport which is stamped at each small town the train passes or stops at - fun for the kids!!

The first stop was at a small town with a small temple. Nothing very much to see but still quaint and interesting. Like going back in time to a kampung.

The train doesn't go fast, so its ok to stick your head out of the windows for beautiful and fun pictures when the track is curved =)

At the end of the forward journey, we watched the train turntable at work, which was interesting cos how many of us would have seen this previously... it was like Thomas the Train engine in reality. The weather was extremely hot in June when we went - there was a guided walk to the nearby fruit market, which is really just a big market, nothing much to scream about.

The ice cold towels on our tables when we got back to the train were so refreshing!! Thumbs up!

Lunch was quickly served when we headed back. We were happy that the nasi briyani was changed to fried rice for the children without us having to ask - very thoughtful indeed. The fruit servings were generous, as you can see in my pictures. Traditional ice cream at the end of lunch was also very much appreciated. =)

Totally enjoyable ride for the kids in us adults! I would do it again!!

8  Thank Wyverns
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We take the North Borneo train , it is well organized , and fine if you like old trains , as there is no much to see during the “20 minute” stops in the 3-4 stations on the way –in, the food served is ok.

Thank Bzh56
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This was our second excursion on the North Borneo Steam Engine. We were delighted the first time and the second didn't disappoint. If you are expecting to see herds of buffaloes sweeping across the plains or the hanging gardens of Babylon or volcanoes erupting this is not the trip for you (please read some of the other reviews)

However if you want to ride on a steam train through the real and natural Kota Kinabalu then hop aboard. The journey does take you through small townships and villages. You will see children waving and industrial areas but you will also hear the engine and smell the wood burning (the steam train is a Vulcan class adapted for wood burning and not coal - it's more environmentally friendly)

Your journey starts off with you collecting your ticket an passport. This gets stamped along the journey and is a nice keepsake. Breakfast is served on the train, tea and coffee with a selection of parties and breads. There are a couple of stops,this first allows you to visit a Chinese temple. This is a working temple and is a fascinating area to explore. You then carry on to the turn around point. You are free to visit the market town, we did this the first time so decided to wait at the station and take pictures of the train on the turntable. It's at this point where you can indicate to the staff that you would like to ride up front in the engine. It costs you 20 ringgit to the driver but worth the small charge. You get to walk up the tracks and board the train, it then heads back past the carriages and is routed back on to the main line. You get about 15 to 20 minutes and it's great fun!

Lunch is served tiffin style on the journey back, this is good and tasty.

This is a worthwhile trip and kids will love being on a Harry Potter train!

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

went to north Borneo railway on may, the experience quite nice ,bit boring,but that's expected.
From tanjung aru to beaufort,the scenery are great,just make sure u go early and pick correct seat to avoid moving backwards on your seat.
The fee is cheap,only rm10 both way, takes up to 5 hour back and forward. If you plan to go tenom,u need to stay another day,cause the train only back to kk at morning.
And there are no long stop between station until you reach beaufort,but it's worth since the price is darn cheap

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