Penang Hill Conductor Retires After 'Three Generations'

  • 25 Aug 2019

The last Penang Hill train conductor has retired, ending a three-generation legacy on the job. 

N Chandrasekaran, 64, clocked in for the last time yesterday, after 35 years and tens of thousands of trips up and down the famous tourist spot. He was given a simple send-off ceremony by his colleagues and superiors.

He is the third person in his family to work on the train, after his grandfather and father, both of whom also held the jobs for decades. 

Chandrasekaran, who is fondly known among his colleagues as MGR (after the late Indian actor MG Ramachandran), started off working as a sweeper at the Keretapi Bukit Bendera in 1976, before moving up as a porter in 1982, and eventually as a conductor, in 1984. 

Over the years, he has witnessed the train transform from having wooden coaches to fibreglass air-condictioned ones, and having to be stopped manually, to being equipped with computerised controls.

Chandarasekaran plans to spend his post-retirement days with his family, especially his nine-month-old grandson. 

Source: The Star
Picture source: The Star