The railway station is the icon of Pasir Mas. In the sixties most people came to Pasir Mas by the train and will disembark at the old railway station. The railways was built by the British and anything built by them were made to last. The old wooden station building would have lasted for many more years if they had maintained it well and not demolish it. Sad to say progress is tantamount to building new ones which is more functional though foregoing the historic value of the old building.
Most of the people who served in Pasir Mas would want to visit the old railway station whenever they come back to Pasir Mas. Now only the yet to be completed new station will greet their eyes and a heart wrenching nostalgic feeling will be felt by anybody who had some association with the railway in the olden days. Sending away relatives for pilgrimage to Holy Mecca, studying out of states, visiting families or going to work elsewhere was via the railway was the norms until roads become better and flights become affordable and fashionable to travel.
Today when I visited the station, this is how the station looks from the new yet to be completed car park.
I met the Station Master En. Ariffin Che Sulaiman who was kind enough to pose for me and brief me on the station. Hey even a citizen reporter is accorded the same respect as any newspaper reporter.
Pasir Mas is one of the top income earner to KTMB in Kelantan bringing in RM200,000 monthly in normal season to RM250,000 a month during the peak season which is the school holidays or festive seasons. Pasir Mas Railway Station serves 14,000 to 15,000 passengers a month which is the highest in the east coast. Though Pasir Mas serve more than passengers than the station of Wakaf Baru, the later earns higher revenue through the sale of more first class tickets.
There are more facilities now. The platform is very much longer and and it will be further extended in due course. The platform is at a higher level than before so you can just walk into the coaches. Most of it is covered too so the passengers waiting to embark will be sheltered from the weather.
The new station is due to be completed this October 2008 but personally i doubt it, as the final touches usually takes time. Anyway despite being incomplete building, the extended and covered platform is already serviceable.
The accident prone express bus services, improved services by KTMB, the railway has become the choice mode of transport. To avoid disappointment, better purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets for the festive season’s period is often sold out months before the period.
Tickets can be bought online at www.ktmb.com.my
Read my more detailed take on The Railway Station of Pasir Mas on my LAISI soon.