Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

1/23/11

After exploring the Bukit Timah Railway Station a few months ago, I felt the need to visit the other old railway station in Singapore before it was too late: Tanjong Pagar. This train station was much easier to get to (there's a bus stop right across the street) and I didn't feel like a creep walking around taking photos. Maybe I'm just getting used to that feeling, though.
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The building has a pretty, art deco look to it (it was opened in 1932). I couldn't help but feel a little sad as I walked around the desolate train station. It feels like you've stepped back in time when you walk into the building, especially here in Singapore where newer and shinier seems to be the preferred design aesthetic. 

Currently, trains come to this station from Malaysia, but that will end in July of 2011. Trains will stop in Woodlands now instead of at Tanjong Pagar. According to this article, conservation efforts will take place to keep the historic train station as part of a new development on the property, but it's not clear what that development might be. I hope the building's character isn't lost when it ceases to be a functioning train station. It's a beautiful relic from Singapore's past and it deserves to stay that way.

10 comments:

  1. I hope they preserve this too! They used to not be able to do anything to it because it was technically Malaysian land, but now they've swapped it for some other piece of land... I hope they don't tear it down and turn it into some glass monstrosity...

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  2. They might turn it into a mall or boutique hotel, but I hope they preserve much of the character of the building.

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  3. Hopefully this architectural gem will be allowed to keep its' incredible beauty. Thank you for sharing these pictures before it changes forever!

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  4. Your photography always captures me.....I am sure they will be in a history book one day :)...especially these ones.

    You're preserving a bit of Singapore/Malaysian history here :)

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  5. Hi there, I found your blog through (http://fairytalesaretruths.blogspot.com). :D I'm a Singaporean and its neat to find a blog on Singapore (among other things) from a different perspective. :D I'll be reading your blog regularly. :)

    Btw, love your photos on this railway station. My family came here not too long ago for a photoshoot. I especially love the entrance!

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  6. @Victoria thanks for following us! We are really loving Singapore so far.

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  7. thanks for the pictures. I find it a real pity that it'll cease to be what it is. They should have let operations continue and let it remain as one of the few surviving living artefacts of singapore history. Has always been a dream to arrive in this station coming back from where i'm studying in Germany. An unfortunate loss.

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  8. thanks for the pictures. I find it a real pity that it'll cease to be what it is. They should have let operations continue and let it remain as one of the few surviving living artefacts of singapore history. Has always been a dream to arrive in this station coming back from where i'm studying in Germany. An unfortunate loss.

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  9. The destiny of meeting The One at the railway station,
    Did you take the chance?
    The undeniable spark of the eyes of 2 strangers while waiting for the right train,
    Did you miss the chance?
    Your most memorable train journey,
    Was it a coincident or a mere accident?
    No it must be something more!

    We need your story!
    Let your fragments of memory be pieced together to form a lasting picture! It is neither a coincident nor an accident so do give your story a voice and share it with us!

    * Entries from first-timers to the railway station are welcomed as well! Your memories are equally intimate and special!

    — — — — —

    Project 79: Share Your Story Contest!

    Do you have any memorable stories from the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station? Send it to us now.
    Share your story within 200 words, and submit it along with a photograph that best reflects the story. Entries are to be written in either English or Chinese language

    Top winning entry will get a chance to publish his or her photo as postcards in 10,000 copies – which will be distributed at more than 100 places in Singapore.

    For any further enquiries or comments. please contact Project 79 committee by email at project79.np@gmail.com or look out for us at our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Project-79/201689243185553

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