Did You Know: The Old KL Railway Station Was Designed To Be Snowproof. Here's Why
Standing in the heart of the city since 1910 is one of the oldest colonial structures in Malaysia — the Kuala Lumpur railway station
With its large arches and iconic white dome-capped towers, the old railway station resembles a glorious Indian palace
Before Petronas Twin Towers came into the picture, the old KTM station was among the most photographed symbols of the city
In 1986, the station went under extreme renovations as modern counterparts replaced the old ones.
The roof, which was once partially open to allow smoke from steam trains to escape, was replaced with corrugated roof sheets.
Air-conditioned halls and tourism information counters were also added, while most of the building's exterior was repaired and preserved.
However, here's where it gets interesting: the railway station's iron roof has actually been built to withstand snow
Yep, you read that right. If it miraculously snows in our hot and humid country, the railway station will be able to support up to three metres worth of snowfall.
The reason for this strange design element makes sense though, if you look at Malaysia's history
Since Malaysia (known as Malaya back then) was under the British rule in 1911, the railway station was built according to England's railway specifications.
And since railroad stations in England were specified to have an iron roof capable of withstanding snow, so did ours.
According to this article, the previous railway station only had a thatched roof in 1886, which was around the same time the first railroad line was constructed.
For close to 100 years, the magnificent station served as the city's main railway hub before KL Sentral took over in 2001.
That's when it began to slowly lose its prominent role as a space for mass transportation.
Speaking of trains, this vintage-looking locomotive in Malaysia looks like it came out of a Wes Anderson film:
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