Shuttle Tebrau 83dn: Johor Bahru Sentral to Woodlands CIQ by Train

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After lunch, it’s time to head back to Singapore via the Shuttle Tebrau, ending this very short loop around Peninsular Malaysia. The Shuttle Tebrau is particularly useful on peak days such as Sundays when tonnes of people are trying to head back to Singapore, both local Singaporeans after a day tirp or weekend in Malaysia, and Malaysians heading back down to begin a new week of work. Thankfully, I had tickets secured 30 days before departure at 8.30am, so I was able to slice the 3-hour commute to about 5 minutes.

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Heading up to JB Sentral Railway Station.

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As the escalators were down (both travelling down and broken down), I had to take the stairs up.

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Heading to Gate A to board the Shuttle Tebrau. Tickets and passports are checked by the conductor, and passenger information is tallied with your passport.

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Heading to the Shuttle Tebrau turnstiles.

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I tried scanning my ticket at the turnstiles but it didn’t work.

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Passing through the turnstiles by the open side gate.

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Heading down for Malaysian immigration clearance.

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As the Shuttle Tebrau now has short turnaround times at JB Sentral, passengers have to wait at the waiting room after immigration before heading to the platform.

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Heading down to the platform just about 7 minutes before departure.

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The Shuttle Tebrau 83dn was departing from Platform 4.

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23101 “Amanah” heads the Shuttle Tebrau 83dn from JB Sentral to Woodlands CIQ.

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Boarding the Shuttle Tebrau 83dn made up of Air-Conditioned Second Class ASC (Hyundai-Padu Sedia) coaches.

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The interior of the ASC (Hyundai-Padu Sedia) coaches in 2+2 formation. Needless to say, the train was fully booked 30 days before departure since this was a Sunday afternoon.

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The Shuttle Tebrau 83dn departed right on time at 3.15pm.

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Exiting JB Sentral Railway Station.

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Heading onto the Johor–Singapore Causeway.

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The typical Sunday afternoon jam on the Causeway.

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Passing by a crowded Causeway Link bus.

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Crossing over the Malaysia-Singapore border.

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Passing by a crowded SMRT bus.

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The last remaining view of Singapore from a KTM train ever since the cessation of the Singapore Sector on 1 July 2011.

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Entering Woodlands CIQ. No pictures from here on because photos are not allowed anywhere in Woodlands Train Checkpoint.

Overall, a quick and easy ride on the Shuttle Tebrau with the stresses of the journey actually done 30 days before departure at 8.30am rather than on the journey itself.

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