Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Last of KTM (Malayan Railway) (June 2011)

Like many other Singaporeans, I paid a final visit to bid farewell to the Malayan Railway stations in Singapore. It is more commonly known as "KTM" to some of us, meaning "Keratapi Tanah Melayu". Back in the distant past, it was known as Federated Malay States Railways. The large characters "FMSR" can still be seen in various parts of the train stations.

My memories of KTM are largely centred around the food stalls of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (TPRS). For many years, I (almost regularly) had suppers at the food stalls. They had everything from mee siam to mee goreng and also the infamous Ramly Burger (which came into the stalls much later). The mee siam was particularly commendable, and if any of you knows where these stalls shifted to after the closure of TPRS, please let me know!

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

I always enjoyed making fun of their signages.
In this case, parking is ok for everyone except railway officers?

Stacks of condensed milk.

Teh-tarik is a must during the supper visits.

For almost 9 years (as far as I remember),
the same staff managed the drinks stall.

I had never tried this stall's food.
But nice farewell message from them.

That's it. TPRS is closed for good.

Bukit Timah Railway Station

Lesser people know of this place since there's nothing to patron,
but it is a known spot for wedding photographers.

A service train rolled in during our visit.

How do you get the trains to switch rails?
This is where you can get all that done. A simple yet sophisticated mechanism!

What does the 772.75 mean?
It is actually a distance marker (in kilometres)
all the way from Butterworth.

Goodbye KTM! I certainly hope the Singapore government will preserve some parts of the system for our future generation to remember!