Singapore Through The Ages

The Singapore Railway

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This section will take you on a short journey across Singapore on the now defunct railway line. We start by taking the original route via Newton and Orchard Road to the Tank Road terminus. Then we take a side trip on the 1932 deviation from Bukit Timah to the grand terminus at Tanjung Pagar.

I'm not going to give a comprehensive history of the railway. This is available elsewhere, and I recommend a visit to Malcolm Wilton Jones' excellent web pages for a detailed history of Singapore's railways. Here are a few key dates:

1903 - Singapore-Kranji railway opened between Woodlands (for ferries to Johore Bahru) and Singapore. Stations at Woodlands, Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah, Holland Road, Cluny Road, Newton and Singapore

1907 - The railway was extended to Pasir Panjang with an intermediate station at Borneo Wharf. A new station was built at Tank Road to replace the original Singapore station, which was closed.

1908 - A new station opened at People's Park.

c1918 - A new station opened at Mandai.

1923 - The causeway was opened, linking the Singapore line to the mainland Malayan Railway system.

1932 - The new deviation line was opened from Bukit Timah to Tanjung Pagar, with new stations at Bukit Timah, Tanglin, Alexandra, and Singapore (Tanjung Pagar). At the same time, the old route from Bukit Timah to Tank Road was closed.

1965 - A freight branch was opened from Bukit Timah to the industrial area at Jurong.

2011 - The Singapore railway was closed, ending more than 100 years of history. KTMB trains still cross the causeway, but terminate at Woodlands.

This map is borrowed from Malcolm's web site. It shows all the railways that have existed in Singapore, excluding the SMRT system and some minor industrial lines. Be aware that not all these railways existed at the same time. The first line ran from Woodlands through Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah and Newton to Tank Road, later extended to the docks at Pasir Panjang. The 1932 deviation resulted in a new line from Bukit Panjang to Tanjung Pagar, via Tanglin, with the consequent closure of the Bukit Panjang to Tank Road line. There were a few short branches and sidings, serving industrial and military sites. One of these was the Naval Base branch. In the mid-1960s, a major new branch line was built from Bukit Timah to the Jurong Industrial area.

Click on any image to see an enlargement.

Woodlands to Bukit Panjang

Bukit Timah to Newton

Newton to Tank Road

Singapore's Docklands

The New Line - Bukit Panjang to Tanjung Pagar

Tanjung Pagar

The Jurong Line

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