Bukit Timah Railway Station

12/15/10

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.

13 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pictures. My favorite ones are of the tracks and the bridge (last one).

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  2. Hi there!
    Thanks for posting this. I would like to visit this track too.
    Do have have more detailed instructions on how to get there?

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  3. The King Albert Park bus stop is right next to the black bridge and the dirt road you take up to get to this station. From the bus stop, walk towards the bridge and turn right on the dirt road. Here's a map:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Bukit+Timah+Railway+Station+Singapore&sll=1.336391,103.781576&sspn=0.00576,0.010332&ie=UTF8&hq=Bukit+Timah+Railway+Station&hnear=Bukit+Timah+Railway+Station,+5+King+Albert+Park,+Singapore+598287&ll=1.333646,103.785996&spn=0.010983,0.020664&z=16

    I hope that helps.

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  4. Super pictures! Particularly love the one of feet, track and random bolt. My husband was very envious of our adventure along the railway tracks.

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  5. Thank you! It was a fun little adventure, I'm glad we all went.

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  6. Hey Flora, Thanks for the instructions.

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  7. you make me want to pack up and take a trip right.now. except not. i still need to catch up on "the biggest loser" so .... little busy. ;)you're pics are so awesome though!!
    YOURS, MINE AND OURS

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  8. you make me want to pack up and take a trip right.now. except not. i still need to catch up on "the biggest loser" so .... little busy. ;)you're pics are so awesome though!!
    YOURS, MINE AND OURS

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  9. Hey Flora, Thanks for the instructions.

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  10. This station is the second (built in 1928 for the present track alignment) after its namesake. The first Bukit Timah Station was located at Pei Hwa Avenue, just behind the gas station.

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