The last tin dredge in Kinta Valley – TT5

Kinta Valley used to be the largest tin producer in its hay days. You can still see the thousands of tiny lakes on Google map, which was the left over tin mining lakes in the region.

TT5 Tin Dredge (2)

Dredge (also known as the Iron Ship 铁船) was heavy duty mining machine to mine the tin cores. This is Tanjung Tualang 5, a 4,500 tonne beast that was erected on 1938 and ease operation after 44 years at Gopeng. In 1982, TT5 has be relocated to Chenderong (a small town between Batu Gajah and Tanjong Tualang).

The local community and authorities saved the dredge as a remembrance of the tin mining history at Kinta Valley.

TT5 Tin Dredge (1)

Tourists can now visit TT5 at RM6 per head.

TT5 Tin Dredge (3)

It is a new venue to bring the children for an educational outing.

TT5 Tin Dredge (4)

I read about dredge from my primary school’s text books, but I never walked inside one of the real dredge.

TT5 Tin Dredge (11)

It was gigantic!

TT5 Tin Dredge (8)

It could be the high tech ‘spaceship’ during 1938 to the locals.

TT5 Tin Dredge (7)

Tin mining was so important to the Kinta district economy that TT5 was a legacy to be remembered.

TT5 Tin Dredge (6)

Some visitors may complaint that this a piece of rusty old junk. To me, this was an important piece of the local history.

TT5 Tin Dredge (9)

I hope more government funding and proper use of the entrance fee can maintain the dredge, at least reinforce a solid staircase and permit visitor to visit the upper floors.

TT5 Tin Dredge (10)

If you are visiting Kellie’s Castle or nearby Batu Gajah, do drop by before it deteriorates further.

side notes:

a) pictures taken with camera built in Dramatic Tone art filter

b) GPS coordinates N04° 23’47.4″ E101° 03’12.6″

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