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    by chiabh Written Mar 5, 2009

    Located in an oil palm plantation at Kampung Sungai Kelamah, the memorial was built in memory of those who served in the Australian Battalion 2/30 and Japanese soldiers killed in battle on January 14, 1941 during World War II... The Australians had ambushed the Japanese who were passing through Tampin to get to Gemas, using the only access, a wooden bridge over Sungai Gemencheh... The battle lasted two days...

    The Gemencheh Bridge was blown up to stop the Japanese advancement... The remains of this historic bridge can still be clearly seen from a viewing platform built on the riverbank... Today, visitors are mostly descendants of the Australian and Japanese soldiers who came to clean the memorial and pay their respect...

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    by chiabh Written Mar 5, 2009

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    The Gemas train station is one of the oldest, completed in 1923 by the Federated Malay States (FMS) Railway... However, the tracks connecting Gemas to the other stations were completed much earlier... The Gemas-Tampin was ready in 1906, the Gemas-Segamat link two years later and the Gemas-Bahau connection in 1910...

    Built on an area of 1,519 sq m, the station’s original structure was made of wood and plastered bricks for the walls, corrugated tiles for the roof and a concrete floor... Today, most of its original features, including the passenger platforms and tracks for goods train, are still intact... In fact, the station building is still in its original structure but has two significant exhibits at both of its sides...

    Besides the two 1946 North British Locomotive Company steam engines, Class 56 models, there is also an old refill cannon-shaped barrel placed on the main platform... These historical exhibits are part of KTM’s effort to preserve the station’s rich heritage...

    The station is a major railway hub for the now KTM operations with a branch line to the east coast from the north-south Padang Besar-Johor Baru (and Singapore) line... The east line goes all the way to Tumpat near Kota Baru... Part of the east line passes thru the rain forest adjoining Taman Negara and is commonly known as the Jungle Train...

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