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One of my #TSBreakaway friends, Anis went to Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB) for one of the assignments of the programme. Upon knowing this, I was so eager to go there and see with my own eyes, what the town has to offer.
So, on Christmas Day last year, I dragged my mom, my siblings and my fiancée on a day trip to the town which managed to stand the test of time albeit being a bit forgotten. “Mana nak pergi ni sebenarnya? / Where are we going actually” asked my mom. “KKB”, I answered, “…by train”. The whole group was shocked with my answer but what other better things to do on a public holiday than to embark on a journey to an unfamiliar town?
From Sungai Buloh KTM Komuter station, we bought the ticket to Kuala Kubu Bharu station, the northernmost station in the Komuter train system for the state of Selangor. From there, the train will proceed to the state of Perak. It was a fun ride, for me at least. The feeling of experiencing something new always trigger my mind and made me smile.
Upon entering the train at Sungai Buloh, I noticed that the train looked empty. There were not so many people in the coaches. Perhaps, being a public holiday, most people wanted to rest at home. Or maybe, they fancy shopping malls, as what other so-called ‘Malaysian urbanites’ like to go to. I looked outside and could see the view along the route. It felt isolated. Along the way, there were hills, factories, and very little evidence of development. It was not long before we heard the announcement in the speaker “Rawang…Rawang”. We reached the Rawang station and it was time to change train.
From Rawang, the train will pass through 3 more stations before stopping at the Kuala Kubu Bharu station. I saw the train at the platform and summoned my family to enter into the coach. The coaches were actually the old coaches of KTM Komuter, being used in the Klang Valley before. But with the extension of Komuter service, the coaches are used for the shuttle service from Rawang up until Tanjung Malim in Perak.
Not long after we entered the coach, the train proceeded to go to its destination. I looked around. Still, only a few people inside. Tired from the heat and the journey so far, my family members fall asleep in the train. As for me, being my usual self, I looked around through the glass windows to see the views.
First time taking a train to this territory, I was overwhelmed by the views. Greenery all along the way to Kuala Kubu Bharu station. Soon, after 4 stations, we reached Kuala Kubu Bharu.
“…………………”. I looked around the platform and the station. The station is big. Bigger than Shah Alam station. But it was awfully quiet. So quiet that I was sure, even a pin drop can be heard. The location was weird too. It looked like a hill was cut into two to build the station and there was nothing else there, apart from the station.
Kuala Kubu Bharu is a town 60km north of Kuala Lumpur. To get here by train from Kuala Lumpur, take the train at KL Sentral station, heading towards Rawang. At Rawang station, change to the Rawang-Tanjung Malim shuttle train service. The train leaves every one hour or so and it takes around 30 minutes from Rawang station to Kuala Kubu Bharu station.