KTM Class 91

KTM Class 91

Class 91
Class 91 EMUs at Ipoh station.
In service 2009 - Current
Manufacturer Marubeni Corporation
Mitsubishi Electric
Family name ICR
Constructed 2008-2009
Number built 30 cars (5 trainsets)
Number in service 30 cars (5 trainsets)
Formation 6 cars per trainset
Capacity (350 seats)
Operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Depot(s) Batu Gajah Rail Depot
Line(s) served Electric Train Service
Train length 138 m
Car length 22.95 m
Width 2.75 m
Height 4 m
Doors 2 single-leaf sliding plug doors per side
Articulated sections none
Maximum speed 160 km/h (Design)
140 km/h (Service)
Weight 231.8 t
Electric system(s) 25kV AC 50Hz catenary
Current collection method Pantograph (rail)
Track gauge Metre gauge

The Class 91 is a type of electric multiple unit currently operating on Keretapi Tanah Melayu's Electric Train Service (ETS) since 2009. In 2008 KTMB purchased a total of 5 sets of 6 car EMUs worth RM 240 million ringgit or $67 million (USD) from a joint venture between South Korea's Rotem Co. and Japan Mitsubishi Electric Corp. These cars are arranged in a 6-cars configuration for a total of 5 train sets. Facilities include toilets and buffet cars. [1]

All five train sets were designed by the Marubeni Corporation, but were built by Hyundai Rotem of Korea and Mitsubishi Electric of Japan.[2] The design of the train sets follows very closely the IE 22000 Class of Ireland's InterCity trains. The major difference between the trainsets in Ireland and those used in Malaysia is that the Irish trainsets operate on a broad gauge rail while Malaysia uses metre gauge rails.[3]


The class 91 operates in a fixed 6-cars configuration. Unlike other KTM EMU’s the class 91 is the first to introduce long distance train facilities such as onboard-toilets and cafe areas. Currently, class 91 sets are mainly used for long distance intercity travel between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur.[4] In 2010-2012, 2 sets of KTM class 91 were being used for normal commuter use, while in commuter use, long distance facilities such as toilets and cafes were closed and locked.

The Class 91 usually operates at its service maximum of 140 km/h and is known to sometimes speed at 160 km/h during regular service at certain stretches.[5]

Train schedule is categorically separated into a number of fixed classes with different ticketing structure afforded to travelling at particular times. i.e. travelling during peak would incur premium ticket cost whereas travel during off-peak mid day incur a discounted fare.[6]


The Class 91 is stabled and maintained at Batu Gajah Rail Depot in Perak.


The Class 91 is one of the first trains in KTMs inventory to feature onboard displays displaying current speed. Train seating is optimised for long distance seating with minimal standing space. Fixed large seats are placed traverse throughout the coach. LCD Displays within coach show feature films, with sound muted but with subtitled English. During long distance operations, as many as 7 attendants will attend the train set.

The KTM Class 91 Cab features a mixture of digital and analogue gauges for train control.


In the future, there are plans for an additional 20 sets. [4]

However, there are none currently being ordered. Recent orders suggest a different rail class to be introduced.


Car No. 1 (A) 2 (B) 3 (C) 4 (D) 5 (E) 6 (F)
Seating capacity 64 52 66 54 52 64
Designation Mc Tp M M Tp Mc
Features Toilet Cafe Toilet
Set Designation 1 (A) 2 (B) 3 (C) 4 (D) 5 (E) 6 (F) Arrival Date Status Launch Date
ETS 01 C9101 T9101 M9101 M9102 T9102 C9102 Arrived Dec 9 Operational 2009
ETS 02 C9103 T9103 M9103 M9104 T9104 C9104 Arrived Jan 16 Operational 2009
ETS 03 C9105 T9105 M9105 M9106 T9106 C9106 Arrived March Operational 2009
ETS 04 C9107 T9107 M9107 M9108 T9108 C9108 Arrived March Operational 2009
ETS 05 C9109 T9109 M9109 M9110 T9110 C9110 Arrived March Operational 2009



  1. ^ Kong, Lester (January 22, 2010). "Malaysia to get electric train sets by March". TheStar. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  2. ^ White, Stanley. "Marubeni Gets $67 Million Malaysia Train-Car Order, Nikkei Says". Bloombery. BloomPUB. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Kamimura, Sanako. "Order Received for a 30-Car Commuter Express Train in Malaysi". Marubeni. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b SHARIDAN M. ALI. "KTMB plans to invest RM1bil in 20 more electric coaches". TheStarOnline. TheStar. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Leung, Fredie. "Electric trains to reduce travel time". TheStarOnline. Star. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  6. ^ ROSHIDI ABU SAMAH. "Ipoh-KL electric train fare RM30-35". TheStarOnline. Star. Retrieved 19 July 2012.