Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

by Chweeleng December. 26, 2010 2548 views

The Tanjung Pagar Railway Station a railway terminus owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), the main railway operator in Malaysia. With the recent ministerial discussions, it seemed the land may be returned to S'pore.

I decided to capture some shots of the place before it is forever changed.

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#1 I wanted to take the facade with a different approach than what I have seen so far but had no idea how. When I arrived at the station on a Sunday morning, I was greeted with a puddle of water from the previous night's rain and I knew what I was looking for.

#2 The inclusion of cars completed the picture.

#3 On hindsight, this picture could be more meaningful if I had used a slower shutter speed for some motion blur of the bike.

#4 The thick columns of the building is typical of the architecture at that time, circa 1913.

#5 It is only such thick walls that allow you to play with the light to show sharp silhouette reliefs on one side and rich tones on the other.

#6 The very high columns and beautiful carvings are what make this building so unique.

#7 You are met with 4 reliefs at the main approach to the building. These reliefs were created by the sculptor Ridolfo Nolli. He also created similar artworks for the Old Supreme Court, the Fullerton Building and the 2 lions in front of the HSBC in Raffles Place.

#8 When the rail services terminate, this building should be preserved for future generations of Singaporeans.

#9 The artwork is priceless.

#10 But after years of neglect, it needs a thorough spruce up and ugly appendages (such as this light cover) removed.

#11 This may be one of the last times this couple get to welcome disembarking passengers.

#12 And this may be one of the last times passengers get to board the train from here.

#13 These birds seem to think taking the rail is more convenient than flying.

#14 These flags are a reminder that the rail belongs to Malaysia and we are just guests in our own land.

#15 Are we at the cross-road now?

#16 Big brother explaining to junior on the twists and turns of the track that seems to draw a parallel between S'pore-Malaysia relations?

#17 The end is near and we hope to have a good beginning.

#18 A plant fighting for survival in the backyard of the station.

#19 The stark color contrast between the colorful chain and the grim flooring is what drew me to this scene.

#20 Some colorful abandoned chairs sitting pretty in the dirt of the backlane.

#20 It is hard to imagine anyone sitting here and enjoying their meal. The cat may be the only patron.

#21 Our friend the intrepid cat did not take too kindly to nosy photographers.

#22 Two cyclists seen through a grilled fence.

#23 The track is a mess - half eaten curry fishhead, nasi bryani, cigarette butts etc. The picture is just showing the good stuff.

#24 This money changer knows his days in the track are numbered.

#25 Cracked windows and feeble attempts at repairs are the main course here. The building looks tired and it is timely for a new lease of life.

#26 The train stops here. End of the road.

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Diego Fronda 9 years, 2 months ago

Great set!

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Mikkal Noptek 9 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful report. I love the cat

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Arie 9 years, 3 months ago

Very nice set. I especially like the silhoutte in no.3 and the simplicity taken in no.26

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Chweeleng 9 years, 3 months ago

Thks Andrew :)

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Mohdshafie Muhamad 9 years, 3 months ago

beautiful photos..

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Aaron 9 years, 3 months ago

Great set! You got me from #1, kept staring at it and wonder how did you compose that shot. Then I realise the that its a very sharp reflection! You have captured the railway station very well!

9 years, 3 months ago Edited
Andrã©S 9 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for sharing this great set¡¡¡ congratulations

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