Its funny how humans react to different scenarios. With the slated closure of this railway station, in Mid-2011, Singaporeans are rushing down, booking their tickets and snapping their memory cards full of the place. Sad to say, I am one of them!
The aura of the place sets you back thinking, where will I get to experience since an old, history setting again ever in Singapore? It is getting scarce. We need to do what is right and maybe, just maybe, treasure the other places we still have.
This railway plot will make way for something new, and I hope its not some high end, tall sky-scraping condominium that chokes the people from real beauty.
This series is shot with a Nikon D3s, AIS 50/1.2 & AFS 14-24/2.8.
<Excerpts from Wikipedia, 9 May 2011, 2040hrs>
Tanjong Pagar railway station, also called Keppel Road railway station or Singapore railway station, is a railway terminus owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), the main operator in Malaysia. The land on which the station and the KTM railway tracks in Singapore are situated is held by KTM on a 999-year lease. Following agreement between Malaysia and Singapore which was reached on 24 May 2010, railway operations into the station will bease by 1 July 2011, after which the building will be conserved and may be integrated with future developments on the site. KTM's southern terminus would be relocated to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint.
Before the Johor-Singapore Causeway was built, the railway in Singapore was exclusively limited to the island. The construction of the Johor-Singapore Causeway across the Straits of Johor began in 1919, and it was opened to goods trains on September 17, 1923 and to passenger trains on October 1, 1923. Previously, passengers and goods train were transferred at Woodlands to a ferry to Johor Bahru and the connecting train on the peninsula. Tanjong Pagar railway station was completed in 1932.
On its outside the station's entrance and waiting hall shows four reliefs of white marble, allegories of Agriculture, Industry, Commerce and Transport. They are works of Rudolfo Nolli. The hall has a barrel vault roof and inside the walls bear panels with Malayan scenes.: rice plantings, rubber tapping, shipping activities, bullock cart transport, copra growing and tin mining. These panels and the original floor blocks were manufactured locally, using rubber to deaden noise. The two long station platforms are capable of accomodating the longest mail trains and are covered by umbrella reinforced concrete roofs.
KTM runs three daily KTM Intercity trains from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, and several other trains from other parts of Peninsular Malaysia. KTM also operates a shuttle service between Johor Bahru and Singapore for the benefit of thouse commuting to Singapore to work. The only stops in Singapore are at Woodlands (for immigration clearance by Singapore Immigration and disembarkation pf passengers from Malaysia) and Tanjong Pagar (embarkation and disembarkation).