Jurong Line: Wildlife and Old Times in the Forest
By Daphne, 11 Apr 2011.
The Jurong Line leading from Sunset Way to King Albert Park, compared to the walk from Teban Gardens to the Faber Hills Estate, is a relatively easy trek as the terrain is flat for most part of it, and the vegetation though dense at certain areas, is easy to navigate. There are occasional fallen trees and branches that one has to be careful of, and extremely muddy areas that one has to cross.
Other than that, however, the walk is an enjoyable one, and also an opportunity to revel in the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants, an experience most people living in Singapore will rarely get exposure to. Most importantly, this section of the Jurong Line reveals little parts of the railway track that have fallen to abandonment – the old signal lights and electrical boxes, items that once controlled the very trains that passed through the area, but now left decrepit, rotting, and useless.
Let’s just let the photos do the talking:
I love the reflection formed on the water in the above photo
Old and rusted electrical boxes
A bigger electrical box, almost completely camouflaged by plants
An old signal light, fallen to the ground. Moss has also started to grow on it.
The only signal light in this entire section that is still standing tall.
Some people, sometime ago, lost a hat, and a shoe.
Plants in the forest:
Some form of Bracket Fungi
Another form of Bracket Fungi
Filoboletus – White Mushrooms that apparently glow in the dark!
Dried Leaf Cockroach (aka Pseudophoraspis nebulosa)
If you happened to know the names of any of these plants and animals, do let me know.
Special thanks to Ivan for identifying the names of some of these plants and animals.
Source credit: wanderfolly