Time to put on your good walking shoes.
Stretching 24 kilometres long from the south to the north, the Rail Corridor, previously known as the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Railway Line, is a reminder of Singapore’s rich railway heritage that used to run into the heart of the city.
Today it is a part of the “green corridor” — with free access to the public to enjoy nature, the rustic charm, and some great spots for photos.
Here are some highlights to look out for along some parts of the route.
This small single-storey railway station is currently fenced up but you can still get close to it for a peek of the control levers, and the railway tracks are still there. Its design, with an open platform, has common traits with traditional small town stations in the United Kingdom and Malaya.
The humble station was gazetted in 2011 as conserved building, and we certainly look forward to see what will be done to it.
NEXT: Bukit Timah railway bridge →
Spaning across Bukit Timah Road and Dunearn Road (near the former Bukit Timah railway station), this 45 metre-long heavy truss structure is hard to miss, and it was gazetted as conserved structure in January 2016. Passengers on the train from Malaysia used to look forward to this black landmark as an indication that they are reaching their destination soon.
NEXT: Distance markers →
You’ll find these old black and yellow markers at in intervals of 0.25km along the railway route. It starts at 0 km in Butterworth, Penang (in Malaysia) and ends at 784.50 km at the former Tanjong Pagar railway station in Singapore.
NEXT: Bridge across Upper Bukit Timah Road →
Somewhere near the southern end of The Rail Mall in Upper Bukit Timah, you’ll find a sturdy 60-metre long truss bridge that will be retained as it has been gazetted as conserved structure. You can access this bridge from the Fuyong Interim Park near Jalan Asas.
Photo by Muneerah Bee
NEXT: Girder bridge over Hindhede Road →
This small and narrow bridge is definitely an Instagram-worthy spot, and it is very accessible (it’s a short walk from Beauty World MRT station) if you’d like to make it the start of your journey.
Photo by Muneerah Bee
NEXT: Railway tracks beneath roads →
The route will also take you under the Pan Island Expressway and several roads (Jalan Jurong Kechil, Jalan Anak Bukit, and Bukit Timah Road) for some shelter from the sun. We heard there were some cool street art here but unfortunately, they’ve been painted over when we visited (probably because they were done without a permit). Sigh.
NEXT: Former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station →
The last train departed from this station (located along Keppel Road) on 30 June 2011 after almost 80 years of service, and it has been gazetted as a National Monument to honour its historical importance and architectural merit.
The building will be a part of the upcoming Cantonment MRT station, and hence will be closed to 2025, but we’ll always fondly remember it as part of the beautiful Rail Corridor.
NEXT: What’s to come →
In the near future, new establishments along the Rail Corridor include an activity hub with playgrounds, fishing ponds and a community farm, a “Community Cave” under the PIE viaduct with yoga decks and a rock-climbing wall (pictured), and more. How exciting!
NEXT: Former Bukit Timah railway station →
For upcoming events along the Rail Corridor, visit this page.
You can also explore the green corridor on your own with these walking routes. Some sections may also be cordoned off for maintenance work. Do exercise caution when venturing, especially during wet weather, as the grounds can be muddy and slippery and be responsible for your own safety.
By Muneerah Bee, last updated January 2017
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