KUALA LUMPUR: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar left Kuala Lumpur in style when he drove Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd’s Blue Tiger locomotive home after attending the 240th Conference of Rulers meeting at Istana Negara here.
Sultan Ibrahim drove over 200km to the Segamat station in the specially rented five-coach train yesterday, marking his 10th time of driving a train since obtaining his Class 26 locomotive driving licence in June 2010.
It is learned that he has developed a liking for the train’s US-built diesel-electric locomotive.
The Sultan arrived at the Kuala Lumpur train station at about 9.45am where prayers for his safe journey were recited by KTMB senior manager of marketing (inter-city) Mohd Noordin Kimi. Also present was KTMB’s president Lt Col (Rtd) Datuk Sarbini Tijan.
Two locomotive drivers, Mohd Kamal Asmawi and Supawi Ismail, accompanied the Sultan on the journey.
The train left at 10am and arrived in Segamat at 1pm where the Sultan took a brief rest in the royal coach.
The other drivers then took over the train for the remainder of the 378km journey, arriving in Johor Baru at about 4.45pm.
Last Sunday, the Sultan drove the same locomotive from Johor Baru to Segamat while on his trip to Kuala Lumpur to attend the two-day meeting which ended on Thursday.