After attending the Green Corridor walk to the Bukit Timah Railway Station last week, I decided to get Gilbert as well as another couple of friends to go there to shoot again. I also wanted to get a few shots of the token exchange process, a practice still performed here but will be history once the railway line and land is handed back to the Singapore government come 1 July 2011.
We arranged to meet at 7am at the McDonald’s at King Albert’s Park, but I was disappointed when I woke up to find it raining. After some hesitation, we decided to go ahead as the rain was getting lighter, and by the time we started, there was no more rain. Thankfully we did not give up and go back to bed!
I missed shooting some of the signboards leading up to the station the last time round, so I took them on this trip.
I also took a shot of the station from the opposite side.
I didn’t get a very good shot of the station from the red-brick side the last time, so I decided to try again. With less people this time, it’s easier.
And what used to be a waiting area for passengers. Now that it’s only a passing-loop station, there are no longer passengers boarding or alighting here.
The building itself has some nice quaint windows, a rarity today.
Soon we got news that a train is arriving at the station. The station master, Mr Atan, scrambled to work to activate all the necessary levers. An interesting sight was seeing all photographers rushing after him to photograph him operating the levers just like paparazzi chasing after a celebrity.
Another interesting sight that day was the appearance of a wedding couple and their entourage who were there to take some wedding photos.
The train finally arrived and Mr. Atan signals for it to stop.
As the train slows down, a KTM worker in the train hands over his token to Mr. Atan.
While the train stopped at the station, various passengers from inside the train took photos of what would be a historic landmark in Singapore.
Other passengers simply stood at the door to have a breather or just to look.
The wedding entourage also took the opportunity to have their wedding photo taken with the train in the background. There won’t be much more opportunities to do this come 1 July.
We thought that that’d be the last train until a few hours later but were surprised when another one rolled into the station.
I missed the token exchange shot but before I knew it, the 3rd train for the morning came in from the south. Mr. Atan prepares and holds up a token as it approaches.
Here’s a closer shot.
As the train passes, a KTM worker inside takes over the token from Mr. Atan.
While the train stopped at the station, the KTM workers also took a short break, Perhaps reminiscing the moments which will soon be history.
While we were there, we also asked Mr. Atan’s permission to take photos of the equipment inside the office, some of which will be returned to Malaysia after the handover and stored in a museum there.
Finally, before leaving, we thanked Mr. Atan for generously allowing us to take photos around the station as well as the office and took his portrait, which he glady agreed to.
Back outside the station, as we were about to leave, another group of people were doing model shoots on the train. Not sure if they will still be able to do it once the land is handed over.
We left the station after that, grabbing some shorts of the black truss bridge which is a familiar sight along Bukit Timah Road/Dunearn Road.
We were very glad we did not cancel the trip due to rain. It has been worth the trouble. More photos of the station can be found in my Flickr set.