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That is the outdated Jurong Railway Line which related Malaysia to the Jurong Industrial areas in Singapore within the 1960’s. Cargo trains continued to run on this line till the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.
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.
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 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 The outdated railway tracks have been eliminated and it’s now a nature path. Take a look at my outdated publish of the Inexperienced Hall when railway tracks used to run by it.