KTM Shuttle Tebrau 81dn from JB Sentral to Woodlands CIQ by Train (Connection from Ekspres Rakyat Timuran 27dn)

KTM Shuttle Tebrau 81dn from JB Sentral to Woodlands CIQ (Connection from Ekspres Rakyat Timuran 27dn)

Shuttle Tebrau 81dn is the 2pm train from JB Sentral to Woodlands CIQ. To continue on my journey from Tumpat to the former KTM Singapore Sector, I decided to take Shuttle Tebrau 81dn even though the bus at this timing would be faster, so as to arrive in Singapore properly by train.

Johor Bahru Sentral Railway Station (JB Sentral)

The façade of Johor Bahru Sentral Railway Station (JB Sentral).

Shuttle Tebrau check-in starts 30 minutes before departure at JB Sentral Gate A. As usual, there was a long line of passengers at the start before check-in is open.

I waited till the queue subsided before heading to the KTMB Integrated Ticketing System (KITS) Automated Control Gate (ACG).

The departure screen for the Shuttle Tebrau at JB Sentral Gate A.

Heading to the KITS ACG once the crowd had thinned.

The Shuttle Tebrau gates at JB Sentral Gate A with a passport reader. Your passport is your ticket for the Shuttle Tebrau.

Scanning my passport on the Shuttle Tebrau gate.

The Shuttle Tebrau gate no longer displays personal information, with a simple “Hi” greeting instead.

Heading down the escalator to Malaysia immigration.

Manual immigration counters are available on both sides at the end of the path. On the left side, the Autogate is also available for Malaysians, and Singapore passport holders if eligible.

The crowded waiting room after immigration, where the initial queue at Gate A was waiting.

Passengers from the arriving Shuttle Tebrau 80up will clear the area first before boarding for the Shuttle Tebrau 81dn commences.

Heading down to Platform 4 once the gate opened for boarding.

Shuttle Tebrau 81dn

24 Class Locomotive 24104 Mat Salleh led my Shuttle Tebrau 81dn from JB Sentral to Woodlands CIQ on the southern end.

The first coach was an ASC (ICF-Padu Sedia), which I just headed in for a seat as the was about to depart.

The interior of the ASC (ICF-Padu Sedia). Not many people were at the front of the train as the regular passengers will camp at the rear to dash out from the train at Woodlands CIQ, where they will be closest to Singapore immigration.

My Shuttle Tebrau 81dn departed from JB Sentral on time at 2pm.

Heading out of JB Sentral.

Heading on to the Johor-Singapore Causeway.

Crossing the international border from Malaysia to Singapore.

Entering Singapore on the Johor-Singapore Causeway.

The warning sign for the end of track after Woodlands Train Checkpoint (Woodlands CIQ) since 1 July 2011.

ASC 2142

As passengers disembarked from the Shuttle Tebrau 81dn at Woodlands CIQ, I stayed behind for a short while to hop over to the next coach, ASC 2142, for a little surprise.

ASC 2142 is a previously-refurbished ASC (Hyundai) coach last seen actively used on the Ekspres Rakyat on 8 May 2016. I’m surprised this coach has not been sent to Padu Sedia for refurbishment, and am more surprised to see it still running.

The seats on ASC 2142 have a new seat cover as of 2016, but is still using the original Mugunghwa seat. The flip-up tray table at the front seats still remain in tact, along with the TV console to fit a CRT television set.

Woodlands Train Checkpoint (Woodlands CIQ)

The façade of Woodlands Train Checkpoint (Woodlands CIQ) with my Shuttle Tebrau 81dn rake now forming the next Shuttle Tebrau 82up train.

SBS Transit Bus Service 170

Here, I continued my journey on SBS Transit Bus Service 170 to visit the KTM Singapore Sector,12 years since the KTM Singapore Sector closed.


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