The Singapore Railway: 6 Years On

On 1 July 2011, for the first time in 79 years, the railway line between Tanjong Pagar and Woodlands fell silent to engine roars and smoke screens, and new noise in the form of nature advocates and weekend recreational users filled the stretch of the railway like a national park.

Two years on, the new noise also seem to have forgotten about the important date.

Six years on, not even a single mention on any mass media, and like a famous man once said, “They become a shambles after a while.”.

But I will never forget. Even with RailTravel Station’s third anniversary on 1 July 2017, the former railway still holds utmost importance on my website as compared to a celebratory blog post.

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Progress has finally been made at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station after 6 years, with its closure to the public as a community space on specified dates for 10 years for the development of Cantonment MRT Station on the Circle Line.

With the hoardings by KTM removed, you can also now see the original Parcel Office porch on the Keppel Road side of the station.

It’s kind of disappointing to see this new hoarding though.

Part of the URA car park is also closed for PUB works for the Murnane Pipeline Project.

The facade of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, marred by the new fence.

Managed to get a better shot after some cropping.

The facade of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station from the URA car park.

The facade of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station from Spottiswoode Park Road.

New hoardings are also in place on the entire length of the platform along Spottiswoode Park Road, presumably for the platform removal.

Kampong Bahru Yard

The former gates to the Sri Thandavaalam Muneeswaran Alayam Hindu shrine still stands.

The Kampong Bahru Yard has now given way to the development of the future new New Bridge Road Bus Terminal and URA car park. The new New Bridge Road Bus Terminal is meant to replace the existing New Bridge Road Bus Terminal outside the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) where the future Elective Care Centre will stand to add more operating theatres, specialist outpatient clinics and inpatient facilities to SGH.

The area of the new New Bridge Road Bus Terminal, standing mostly on the site of the former Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

An overview of the former site of the Kampong Bahru Yard from the overhead bridge across Kampong Bahru Road.

Bukit Timah Railway Station

The station building and quarters remain largely unchanged.

Part of the rail corridor, however, is now closed off for the PUB Murnane Pipeline Project.

The Murnane Pipeline Project will take 3 years to complete, however, the Bukit Timah Railway Station portion will be reopened by the end of next year.

The very familiar sign to the Station Master Office.

“They become a shambles after a while.”

The unused points still remain unused.

Despite it being a Saturday, it seems that the station building is no longer accessible to the public.

New kilometer posts are up, telling users of the Rail Corridor about how far they’ve gone. It’s 10km from Tanjong Pagar and 12km from Woodlands at this point. The design of the sign looks really familiar though.

There we go. Only 772.50km to go to run or cycle to Butterworth from here.

Bridge 1861 still stands.

It seems to be missing this sign though.

Some tree-cutting being done in the Murnane Pipeline Project area.

Heading back down from the station.

The entrance to the PUB access area from Bukit Timah Road.

The Singapore Sector of the Malayan Railway
1932 – 2011

Never forgotten.

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