Sarawak had never been particularly rich in railways but it was little known that there was an actual railway laid down in an area called Ensalai, near inland of the Baram River near the border of Brunei.
As the oil company expanded its drilling sites throughout Miri, one of such site, Ensalai, lay in the middle of a swamp which could only be reached by laying a corduroy of logs over it, and putting the railway over those logs for vehicles to successfully move through. These railway equipment are brought over from North Borneo (now Sabah). Records show that this was in June of 1960.
The 'passenger train' for this railway was a standard Land Rover, albeit with the standard wheels swapped out for modified wheels. A 3.25 ton locomotive that was loaned from North Borneo Railways was used to carry much larger and heavier equipment.
As for the drill site itself, Ensalai turned out to be a disappointment and was abandoned on Christmas Eve that year.
For the 'Oil Town' Miri History, click here.
"The Oil Town" Shopping Complex was a retail and shopping mall located right next to Dynasty Hotel. It was the second fully air-conditioned shopping mall complex in Miri, after Pelita Tunku.
Located at Jalan Chia Tze Chin, directly in front of Chung Hua Primary School and a short walk from St. Josephs' Primary School, it is the defacto hangout spot for these students. This article is from the web site miriresortcity dot com - this sentence is here to prevent blatant plagarism. Hungry Horse, a fast food restaurant located within the mall was one popular food & drink break spot for the students of these schools back then.
This complex eventually closed down by the mid 1990s due to a variety of reasons, mostly due to waning foot traffic and a preference of Mirians to shop at whichever competitive newer malls that had just sprung up. The building facade had since been renovated into a different design with green-tinted glass windows and now houses the Ranhill Woleyparsons Sdn. Bhd. offices.
Pustaka Miri is a two-storey building at the Miri City Fan. Located along the central axis to Dewan Suarah Miri (Miri Civic Centre), the library designed as the information technology of Miri Resort City. The ground floor houses Multimedia Gallery with a special corner dedicated for Children, which aside from books, it also provides use of tablets & computers for use for free (subject to schedules).
The first floor houses an auditorium, special collection area, and Information Resource Centre which overlooks the Miri City Fan's amphitheatre and Garden of Vision. The basement floor houses the surau and a multipurpose room, which has a direct linkage to the amphitheatre.