The Hidden Railway – Beyond the Little Red Dot


Despite being such a constructed up and developed metropolis, Singapore nonetheless has fairly just a few hidden locations that are seldom seen. Some of those locations are from current historical past and have fascinating tales behind them. One of those is a deserted railway observe and tunnel which was forgotten till just lately. Due to the persevering with lack of journey abroad from the pandemic, native exploration is changing into fairly a passion amongst us.

This is the outdated Jurong Railway Line which linked Malaysia to the Jurong Industrial areas in Singapore within the 1960’s. Cargo trains continued to run on this line till the 1990’s when it was closed as a result of diminishing practice visitors. With the North-South Highway connecting Singapore and Malaysia, it meant that ferrying cargo by vehicles was truly sooner and extra environment friendly in comparison with the sluggish diesel trains. The railway line was then deserted and surprisingly regardless of all the huge improvement work from the 1990’s till now, the railway line continues to be there.

The most important attraction is that this railway tunnel which runs underneath a significant highway. It has been refurbished considerably in order that guests can get pleasure from it.
Better drainage implies that the within of the tunnel doesn’t flood after each rain storm.
A bunch of hikers posing on the entrance of the tunnel.

Accessing the railway tunnel is comparatively easy. There is a bus cease close by alongside Clementi Road and a brief stroll to the tunnel itself. But there are not any steps and also you do must stroll down a comparatively steep slope to get to the tunnel’s entrance.

Besides the tunnel, there’s additionally the deserted railway tracks that lead westward in direction of Jurong. These have been overtaken by the timber and vegetation of the secondary rain forest that grew round it.

The different finish of the railway tunnel which is partially lined by overgrown timber and the forest. It’s onerous to consider that simply above the tunnel is a 8 lane main roadway.
A submit apocalyptic scene of practice tracks disappearing into the jungle.
This jogs my memory of that temple in Cambodia that was overgrown by big tree roots. It’s a surprise that it takes lower than 3 a long time for the forest to reclaim artificial constructions.
Somehow this tree root grew round and made a small tunnel over the steel observe.

If you comply with the railway tracks westward for round 1 km, you will see your self at a iron railway bridge. Unfortunately, this bridge is now closed off from public entry as a result of it’s unstable construction. It can be good if it could possibly be repaired and preserved.

The iron railway bridge which spans the Ulu Pandan River or canal. It’s in a state of disrepair and has been blocked off from public entry .
With the rusted construction and rotting timber, there’s an actual threat of falling into the water beneath.

The railway tracks finish on the bridge, as on the opposite facet is Clementi housing property. If you proceed eastwards from the tunnel entrance, the railway tracks truly be part of up with the primary railway line that runs north to south and is now named the Green Corridor. The outdated railway tracks have been eliminated and it’s now a nature path. Check out my outdated submit of the Green Corridor when railway tracks used to run by means of it.


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