Some say it had a score to settle with the ‘Iron Beast’. Rumour has it that it was seeking vengeance for a calf killed earlier by the same train. While others claimed that it was merely defending its herd from the ’ new enemy’ that has encroached into their domain.
Railway connecting Teluk Anson to Tapah , Ipoh was completed in 1893 and its daily rumbling through the jungle had threatened the habitat of the gentle giants. So it was pay back time. Presumably!
The British Engine Driver could not do anything because it had stood defiantly on the railway tracks and refused to budge in spite of the loud whistling and hooting as the train thundered and hurtled towards it. The beast was really huge and taller than the ‘Iron Horse’ and it collided with it head on at 50 mph (100km). The impact derailed the engine and 3 coaches.