End of an era at Tanjong Pagar

July 2, 2011 by  
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By Zakir Hussain, The Straits Times, 1 Jul 2011.

The Sultan of Johor last night joined Malayan Railway (KTM) staff and a crowd of 2,000 people in a sentimental farewell to mark the closure of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

With that came the end of an era in rail travel across Singapore. From today, the trains will start and end their journeys at Woodlands Train Checkpoint in the north, as part of an agreement the two governments reached last year.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday that the resolution of the railway lands issue, a thorn in ties since 1990, marked a ‘historic breakthrough in bilateral relations’.

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Source: The Straits Times

The last train from Tanjong Pagar

May 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Heritage, Stories, Transport

By Jerome Lim, 14 May 2011.

On the 30th of June, we will see the last day of operation at the grand old station at Tanjong Pagar. The station, grand not in terms of scale, but in the magnificent style in which it was built, has served Singapore as the southern terminal station for close to eight decades, having been completed in 1932 to provide a city fast growing in economic importance with a station befitting of its status, and being part of a deviation of the railway which had prior to that, run through the Bukit Timah corridor before terminating at Tank Road. With the return of the railway land which has been held on a lease by the successors of the Malayan Railway, Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) and the shift of the southern terminal on the 1st of July, the age of rail travel across Singapore, which has lasted a little over a century, would draw to a close.

Operations at the grand building which has served as the southern terminal of the Malayan Railway since 1932 will cease on 1st July 2011.

In what form the station, which has recently received status as a National Monument, will be conserved following the handover we do not know, but whatever does happen, it would only serve as a reminder of the once working station which had for many years been an oasis of the laid back old world feeling that is missing from the modern Singapore that we have gotten used to. Gone will be the whistles and the drone of the diesel engines, the coming and going of passengers, the popular food outlets and what has become an institution at the railway station, the Habib Book Store and Money Changer. Gone will also be the opportunity to soak up the feel of the mood around the station, and lazily sip away at a cup of tea seated at the station end of the arrival platform. Read more