This weekend marks the last weekend of the train operations along the old railway system in Singapore. During the last few weekends, I’ve been photographing around the Bukit Timah Railway Station several times as I am attracted to the quaint little building and also wanted to capture the old practice of exchanging key tokens.
Today, after bringing Clarence, Jimmy and their friend Lawrence to the station to shoot, we made our way to the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. The sky was starting to get dark and rain was imminent.
Being the last weekend of operations, there was a big crowd when we got there. The majority of them are queuing up to buy train tickets out of Singapore.
The main hall of the station features a rounded ceiling and a kampong-style hut which is Malaysia Tourism Board to advertise their Home Stay packages.
On both sides, there are groups of murals depicting the life in early Singapore. Because shooting upwards produces quite a bit of keystone distortion, I’ve corrected them in LightRoom 3.
There’s also a crowd eating at the various food stalls in the station before they move out. Many of them eat at the outdoor seating area by the arrival platform.
The various stall owners are having a field day serving the influx of customers. This will probably be their busiest weekend before they close for good or move their shops elsewhere.
On the other side of the food court, there’s a lady making the patties for the very popular Ramly Burgers. Another lady put the patties into the buns to make the final burgers. Somehow it didn’t occur to me to shoot her…
Next door, a man is busy making teh tarik and other hot drinks. There’s also a long queue for this.
On the platform, many people are taking photographs of the track, buildings and the platform itself as a form of remembrance after the station closes on 1 Jul 2011. The appear to be undampened by the rain which came shortly after we arrived.
Inspired by a photograph in a post at A Journey Till the End, I decided to go find the house which was featured in it. Walking along Keppel Road, I eventually found it. Unfortunately there are no trains passing by and I don’t have the time to wait for the next one which is an hour away.
I wanted to get closer, so I went back to the station to get to the other side.
Nearby is this interesting locked door in a brick compartment covered with overgrown plants.
More photos of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station can be found on my Flickr Photoset.