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One of my readers told me that there is a power point below our seats so I made sure to look for it. True enough, it was there below the seat at the “wall” and I felt that it’s a very inconvenient position! Shouldn’t it be placed further out so that we don’t have to bend down so far or squat to plug in our adapter(s)? Does ETS think that we are plastic men and women?
This trip, one improvement that I noticed is that there were two stewardesses who went to all the coaches to “sell” buns and take orders for drinks and other stuff like noodles and nasi lemak (coconut milk rice). This saves the passengers from searching for the food bar which is in the middle coach.
Throughout the ride, we got to watch reruns of Friends, Superman and Tom & Jerry cartoons. Too bad there was no audio but it was definitely better than watching ETS advertisements over and over like what I had to do on my first ride on the electric train.
One other improvement is the safety aspect of the electric train. On my first trip, the electric train exceeded 160kmph at some stretches, which I felt was way too fast and the train was swaying left and right. I had the urge to tie myself down with a seat belt but that isn’t provided. This trip, maximum speed achieved was only 140+/- kmph.
Going at 160+/- kmph, my trip from KL Sentral to Ipoh took only 2hrs 5mins. However, this recent trip took 2hrs 30mins. ETS advertised their best effort as 1hr 56mins and taking the old train that is powered by diesel would take 3hrs. When you think of it, the time difference is not much, though the fare is a lot more expensive at RM30 from KL Sentral to Ipoh on the electric train compared to RM12 Economy Class.
P/S: Once again, I scanned for ETS wi-fi access point with my two smart phones and couldn’t detect it!
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