Firemen rescue 150 passengers after Penang Hill train breaks down

A fireman helping an elderly passenger of the Penang Hill funicular train to walk down to the lower station after the train broke down today. (Fire & Rescue Services/Facebook)

GEORGE TOWN: Firemen went to the rescue of about 150 passengers of the popular Penang Hill funicular railway this afternoon when the train broke down near middle station.

They helped an elderly man and the rest of the passengers to walk down the tracks to the lower station.

Train services were disrupted for over two hours.

A spokesman for Penang Fire and Rescue said the department was alerted about the breakdown by one of the passengers who made a distress call at 2.33pm.

About 150 passengers of the Penang Hill railway walked down the tracks after a train broke down. (Fire & Rescue Services/Facebook)

“All the stranded passengers were taken down to the lower station by walking through the funicular railway line,” he said, Bernama reported.

Penang Hill Corporation said the train service resumed at 3.55pm, after a disruption caused by faulty brakes.

Penang Hill and its funicular railway is one of the state’s top tourist attractions. The railway is also used by residents, workers and staff of government offices and shops there.