The End of the Line: Is This Goodbye?

BY DAPHNE CHUI
Mar 08, 2011

The first of a four-part series that takes you along Singapore’s soon-to-be-removed Jurong railway line

It was close to 20 years ago when the last train went down the tracks of the Jurong Line of the KTM Malayan Railway in Singapore. These tracks, which run from the Jurong Industrial park to Bukit Timah, has since been dismantled in part, but mostly left abandoned.

In May 2010, news broke that Tanjong Pagar Train Station, the only remaining train station part of the KTM Malayan Railway Network that still functions in Singapore, was going to move north to Woodlands. The KTM Malayan Railway has for years brought people and goods from Malaysia to Singapore and vice versa. Since then, there has been speculation as to what would happen to these railway tracks – both the line that runs from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands, and the Jurong Line.

I took a walk down the Jurong Line, two Sundays ago, and to my dismay, work on removing these tracks had already started.

I had began my walk from Penjuru Road, near the Teban Gardens estate in Jurong, and was wondering why I could not spot any semblance of the tracks – I was even starting to think that I was not going down the right path.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, I was in fact heading down the right way and was treated to the sight of this:

 

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If you haven’t taken a walk down the Jurong Line, or the Tanjong Pagar Line for that matter, perhaps it is time to do so.

 

Source: Channel News Asia

 

This is the first of a four-part series (see Related Stories below). The series was first published on February 22, 2011, on Wanderfolly.

 

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