Jurong Line: Is this Goodbye?

May 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Heritage, Stories

By Daphne, 22 Feb 2011.

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 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 broke out. 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:

7 digging up tracks

8 digging up tracks

9 digging up tracks

10 digging up tracks


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 post is one part of the four part series on the Jurong Line.
You may view the other posts here:

Jurong Line: A photo guide
Jurong Line: Kampung Life Along The Tracks
Jurong Line: Digging Up A Bit of My Childhood

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