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The Hidden Railway – Past the Little Crimson Dot

Regardless of being such a constructed up and developed metropolis, Singapore nonetheless has fairly just a few hidden locations that are seldom seen. A few of these locations are from current historical past and have fascinating tales behind them. One in every of these is a deserted railway observe and tunnel which was forgotten till not too long ago. As a result of persevering with lack of journey abroad from the pandemic, native exploration is changing into fairly a pastime amongst us.

That is the outdated Jurong Railway Line which related Malaysia to the Jurong Industrial areas in Singapore within the 1960’s. Cargo trains continued to run on this line till the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 on account of diminishing prepare visitors. With the North-South Freeway connecting Singapore and Malaysia, it meant that ferrying cargo by vans was truly quicker and extra environment friendly in comparison with the sluggish diesel trains. The railway line was then deserted and surprisingly regardless of all the large growth work from the 1990’s till now, the railway line continues to be there.

The principle attraction is that this railway tunnel which runs below a significant street. It has been refurbished considerably in order that guests can take pleasure in it.
Higher drainage implies that the within of the tunnel doesn’t flood after each rain storm.
A gaggle of hikers posing on the entrance of the tunnel.

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

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

The opposite finish of the railway tunnel which is partially lined by overgrown bushes and the forest. It’s exhausting to consider that simply above the tunnel is a 8 lane main roadway.
A publish apocalyptic scene of prepare tracks disappearing into the jungle.
This jogs my memory of that temple in Cambodia that was overgrown by enormous tree roots. It’s a marvel that it takes lower than 3 many years for the forest to reclaim synthetic constructions.
Someway this tree root grew round and made a small tunnel over the steel observe.

Should you observe the railway tracks westward for round 1 km, you will discover your self at a iron railway bridge. Sadly, this bridge is now closed off from public entry on account of it’s unstable construction. It will be good if it may very well 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 under.

The railway tracks finish on the bridge, as on the opposite facet is Clementi housing property. Should you proceed eastwards from the tunnel entrance, the railway tracks truly be a part of up with the primary railway line that runs north to south and is now named the Inexperienced Hall. The outdated railway tracks have been eliminated and it’s now a nature path. Take a look at my outdated publish of the Inexperienced Hall when railway tracks used to run by it.

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