Travelling by gharry… This coach was said to have ferried passengers between Taiping and Padang Rengas before the completion of the railway. And yes, this is a Kaulfuss postcard 🙂 Related posts: ….what it USED to look like…. A New Attraction – Old House Museum, Taiping Peel Avenue in Ipoh? “Kinta in Ipoh” By felicia|2018-07-11T16:38:32+08:00July 11th, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, nature|Tags: Padang Rengas|7 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsappGoogle+TumblrPinterestVkEmail Related Posts Then & Now – Movie Posters Gallery Then & Now – Movie Posters ‘Reel’ life Gallery ‘Reel’ life Sports Idol Gallery Sports Idol Famous Brothers Gallery Famous Brothers Hello Ms March! Gallery Hello Ms March! 7 Comments Ipoh Remembered July 25, 2018 at 7:20 am - Reply Dear felicia … This coach was said to have ferried passengers between Taiping and Padang Rengas before the completion of the railway. With all due respect to Padang Rengas, few people ever went there! The coach ferried people between Taiping and Kuala Kangsar via Padang Rengas. Cars, when they first came to Perak, also used the same road. A few years later after cars arrived, the railway was completed — by Charlie Spooner, who, a few more years later, died. felicia July 25, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply Thank you, Ipoh Remembered. I’ll try to add this little detail into our database entry. Ipoh Remembered July 26, 2018 at 6:02 am - Reply Well, it’s possible I should have shown more respect to Padang Rengas! What I meant to say is that in those days it was really just a village, population roughly 300; while Kuala Kangsar, for example, had a population about four times larger. In abject penitence, I’ve sent you by e-mail a short note about the topography of the area, written by FMS geologist John Scrivenor; as well as some disjointed comments of my own about the year 1903 — which is the year in which the railway connection through Padang Rangas was finally completed. Recall that the automobile arrived in Perak circa 1901-02, so it had already begun to replace the gharry before the train was able to do so. As for the death of Charlie Spooner, mentioned above: that was in 1909. Mano July 26, 2018 at 7:58 am - Reply Looking at the limestone hills and especially the note in red ‘No.5. Travelling natives. Padang Rengas, Perak’, the photo was taken at Padang Rengas. It was not meant to imply that that was the destination. Ipoh Remembered July 26, 2018 at 8:19 am - Reply You may be right about where the photograph was taken, Mano. Whereas my comment was in response to this line: “This coach was said to have ferried passengers between Taiping and Padang Rengas before the completion of the railway.” In any event, are you familiar with the Padang Rengas area? Any tales of the road? Mano July 26, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply Yes, Ipoh Remembered, I totally agree with you. In fact when I first read the caption, I was a little bewildered as to how and why was Padang Rengas the destination. I’m afraid, my knowledge of Padang Rengas is restricted to being, in my opinion, the best stretch of road in the North-South highway. Especially in an MG Midget or an Alpha at sunrise. Ipoh Remembered August 3, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply Another thing, felicia … The title of the post notwithstanding, the vehicle shown in the photograph is not what one used to call a gharry: in Perak, the term was used for a two-wheeled vehicle. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Prove that you are a human!