06 April 2009

Singapore Railways Short History

Singapore and Kranji Railway station opening dates
  1. Singapore - 01 Jan 1903 (Thu) First station, by Fort Canning Hill opposite the Ord Road/River Valley Road junction, converted to goods 1907
  2. Newton - 01 Jan 1903 (Thu)
  3. Cluny Road - 01 Jan 1903 (Thu)
  4. Bukit Timah - 01 Jan 1903 (Thu)
  5. Bukit Panjang - 10 Apr 1903 (Fri)
  6. Woodlands - 10 Apr 1903 (Fri)
  7. Holland Road - 16 Jul 1903 (Thu)
  8. Tank Road - 21 Jan 1907 (Mon)
  9. Borneo Wharf - 21 Jan 1907 (Mon)
  10. Pasir Panjang - 21 Jan 1907 (Mon)
  11. People's Park - 01 Apr 1908 (Wed)
From there it proceeded straight across the plain towards Bukit Timah Hill. Winding round the foot of the hill, the train glided through gambier, pepper and pineapple plantations past Bukit Panjang Station to Kranji and thence to Woodlands.

Between 1906 and 1907 an extension line was laid to link Pulau Saigon, People's Park, Duxton Hill and Alexandra Barracks.

For the railway link between Singapore and Johore Bahru across the Straits of Johore, land was sold by the Singapore government to the Federated Malay States for $4,136,000. Work on a Causeway was begun in 1919 and the railway link was open for traffic in 1923. This linked the Malayan hinterland to Singapore.

Keppel Railway Station was completed in 1932 after three years of construction by the Federated Malay States (formed in 1896, a loose union of Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Pahang).

Keppel Railway Station (Tanjong Pagar now) was officially opened by Governor Sir Cecil Clementi Smith in 1932.The dignified building in classical style was influenced by Eliel Saarinen's Helsenki Station. The facade has four heroic figures representing Commerce, Agriculture, Industry and Shipping.

Opening the Railway station the Governor said it would be 'a terminus of world importance.' His words became a reality.

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Unknown said...

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Wunan a/l Paichow said...

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Lilly Fisher said...

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