Jurong Line: Wildlife and Old Times in the Forest

May 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Heritage, Nature, Stories

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:

No Trespassing




End of Tunnel
I love the reflection formed on the water in the above photo

Tracks in Forest

Tracks in Forest

Electrical Circuit Box
Old and rusted electrical boxes

Electrical Box
A bigger electrical box, almost completely camouflaged by plants

Fallen Signal Lights
An old signal light, fallen to the ground. Moss has also started to grow on it.

Signal Lights
The only signal light in this entire section that is still standing tall.

Hat and Shoe
Some people, sometime ago, lost a hat, and a shoe.

Plants in the forest:


Aglaonema nitidum

Fungi 4

Fungi 3
Some form of Bracket Fungi

Fungi 2b
Another form of Bracket Fungi

Fungi 1a
Filoboletus – White Mushrooms that apparently glow in the dark!

The animals:


Forest Cockroach
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

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