Railway Line in Brunei
Yesterday I mentioned the 1952 Brunei Darussalam Annual Report. Last night I had a closer look meaning that I actually read the book.
What intrigued me was the map of Brunei at the end of the book. Two things stand out. One, the road linked from Kuala Belait ended up somewhere in Anduki. And the other end of the road was at Sungai Abang or if I had scanned a bigger section, the other end would be at Kampung Kuala Tutong. In 1953, there was no road linking Brunei Town to Kuala Belait. One has to drive all the way to Kampung Kuala Tutong and then take a ferry across to Danau. From Danau, one has to drive carefully along the beach until about Anduki before finding a road to Kuala Belait. According to my father, the driver has to drive on the wetter part of the beach as that is more firm than on the drier part which as loose sands. But driving on the wet part is also fraught with danger and then a wave might be able to shut down the vehicle's engine.
The other thing that stands out is the light railway joining Seria to Badas. Shell in those days run a small railway. I have shown photos of that railway before in this blogspot. You can no longer find this on any Brunei map anymore.
The only other railway line was connecting Brooketon coalmine in what is around the Kampung Kapok/Mengsalut area to the present Muara. That was at the turn of the 20th century.