At first, this locomotive was very mysterious. Not much information was available on this loco. Even KTM staffs themself were not sure of the existance of this engine. Our first glimpse was when a photo was posted at IRFCA. It was photographed in India and had the number 26107. This gave everyone the idea that KTMB has already bought it from Ircon. When it finally was here, it was renamed to 6800, most probably it’s railroad number in India. The only reason i can think of was because KTMB haven’t bought the locomotive. I was told that total of 5 has arrived but no one spotted the other 4. Only later i found out that only 1 was sent to Malaysia. Infact, it was the only one they made. It was a Demonstrator unit for KTMB. KTMB decided not to purchase this locos, instead went on to order Chinese locos from Dalian. 6800 did alot of freight work and some passenger services, usually rescue service when an engine breaks down. My train, Ekpress Senandung Langkawi, was pulled from Butterworth to KL after the 24 class broke down. I have to say that it had alot of power but was very jerky. In 2006, very sadly, KTMB sent it back. I was at Old KL Station at 10PM on 5th of April 2006 when i saw this locomotive heading south. It was decorated with banana trees, which is used for Indian ceremonies. The Ircon staffs must have had a Send-Off ceremony. What baffles me is why it was renumbered to 27107 before being sent off? If they revert to the old number, shouldn’t it be 26107?
This was the flag off ceremony held by KTMB on 20th March 2003. If you browse through, you will notice there was alot of smoke but the loco isn’t moving. I was confused at that time too, thought the load was too heavy. Later i found that the KTMB staffs forgot to release the brake for the wagons.