Monday, 4 November 2013

10 - NEGRI SEMBILAN COLLECTION - PORT DICKSON/SUNGEI UJONG RAILWAY 1889-1890 - ENGINE SHOP UNDER CONSTRUCTION

FOR COMPARISON, DOWN BELOW IS AN ARTICLE DATED 04 AUGUST 1891

 

Straits Times Weekly Issue, 4 August 1891, Page 4


On the 25th Instant, Mr. Miller (of Messrs. Gilfillan Wood & Co.), Mr. Swan (Engineer for the Sungei Ujong Government) and the hon’bles John Burkinshaw and G. S. Murray left Singapore and proceeded to Port Dickson, the new port of Sungei Ujong, for the purpose of attending the function of formally taking over the Sungei Ujong Railway by the railway Company from the contractors – Messrs. Hill and Rathborne. This company is styled: “The Sungei Ujong (Malay Peninsula) Railway Company, Limited,” and the capital was all subscribed in London, nearly all the subscribers having at some time or other been interested in the Straits. Messrs. Gilfillan Wood & Company are the general agents for the Company; and the general manager is Mr. Greg Maitland, who resides at Port Dickson and Mr. Swan is also the Company’s consulting Engineer. On arrival at Port Dickson a special train was in waiting to take the party to the terminus at Seramban which is the residency town of Sungei Ujong. A brief stoppage was made at each of the three stations en route: Quala Sala, Rasa and Baubau. On Tuesday the 28th instant the ceremonial function of the Company formally taking over the railway was performed at SerEmban.


Mr. Miller thinks the line is in as good a condition as can be expected; a great deal of inconvenience has been caused by the wet weather, but when the ballast gets a chance of settling, the line should be a very smooth one. There are three classes of carriages, which are of a comfortable description. The stations at Port Dickson and Seramban are well built roomy structures. After the 1st August it is intended to run the trains to suit the arrival and departure of steamers from Port Dickson, and any reasonable suggestion in the working of the line will meet with the consideration of the Company’s agents.

 

 
PHOTOGRAPHS DATED 21 AUGUST 1890 FROM THE ARTICLE
 
 
FOR COMPARISON, THESE ARE MY ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING THAT THE SUNGEI UJONG RAILWAY RUNNING SHEDS OR ENGINE SHOP STILL UNDER CONSTRUNTION
 


 
 
 
EDITED PHOTO (ENGINE SHOP 1889) vs ARTICLE PHOTO (RUNNING SHEDS 1890)