Bukit Timah Railway Station

May 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Heritage, Stories, Transport

By Jeffrey and Flora, 16 Dec 2010.

Recently, I met up with notabilia and Singapore Noodle to explore the Bukit Timah Railway Station. Not quite knowing where it was, I left my house extra early and arrived about an hour later by bus. I walked up a dirt and gravel road next to a black trestle bridge that crosses Bukit Timah Road, right near the King Albert Park bus stop. At the top of the road, I was greeted by this sign:

 

 

I was a little disappointed, but notabilia asked the station master for permission to take photos and permission was granted. He seemed used to dealing with curious people with cameras around their necks asking him to poke around his railway station.

I thought the station was abandoned when I first walked up to it. It’s in need of restoration. It was first built in 1903, and opened in 1915. It was later rebuilt in 1923.

This is the sign you can see from Bukit Timah Road. Walk up the dirt road and you’ll see the station.

The black bridge has the date “1871” painted on it. I’m guessing that’s when it was built.

I’m not really sure what is going to happen to the station, but the land will probably get developed pretty quickly since land is so scarce on this island. Train services will end on this line around June of 2011, so if you’re interested in seeing an untouched piece of Singapore’s history, you should probably check it out soon before it’s too late.

You can read more about Bukit Timah Railway Station here.

Source credit: Jeffrey and Flora: Living in Singapore

 

 

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