Tanjong Pagar Railway Station: One Last Hello

7/4/11

Clutching my passport and a prized train ticket, I set foot into Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for the last time this past Thursday. The memories I have of the station are relatively recent ones since I've only been in Singapore for about a year, but the history and soul of the place allow me to feel as though I've been a part of the island for much longer.

I was there for the Last Train Into Tanjong Pagar, an organized ride on the last day of train services. June 30 was the final day of operation for the 79-year-old station, which was scheduled to close at midnight. Our train left the station at 8:30 am (it was supposed to leave at 8am but was delayed), and returned for the last time ever around 10pm that night.

I'll post more about the train ride later this week, but here are some photos I took before our train left the station that morning. 
The food stalls at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station either closed or found new locations. 
These vendors had been at the station since 1976.
People waiting on the platform to see the last trains ever to leave from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
Plastic chairs that once sat the patrons of the food stalls at the station, stacked and ready to be taken away.
It wasn't my first ride out of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, but definitely the last. Walking out to the train was exciting and a bit melancholy. People waved to the train as it passed that morning; they were waving hello and goodbye to lots of history and memories.

Stay tuned for more posts and photos.

4 comments:

  1. Awe, this is the sort of thing that can make me very sad if I let it. So sentimental. What will they do with the station now? Bulldoze for something new?

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  2. Its great that you managed to visit it one last time. :)

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  3. @Jill the building has been "gazetted," which means the exterior must remain untouched. The interior is not so sacred though, and in Singapore it could very well turn into some sort of commercialized place. It would be awesome if it was turned into a museum or something.

    @Victoria yes, I was simultaneously sad and happy to visit one last time. Really glad I got a chance to experience the station in its original form while living in Singapore. It has been one of my favorite memories here.

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