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Bukit Timah
Bukit Timah
Bukit Timah is an area in Singapore and a hill in that area. Bukit Timah is located near the centre of the Singapore main island. The hill stands at an altitude of 163.63 metres and is the highest point in the city-state of Singapore...

 Railway Station
was a railway station
Train station
A train station, also called a railroad station or railway station and often shortened to just station,"Station" is commonly understood to mean "train station" unless otherwise qualified. This is evident from dictionary entries e.g...

 (now a conserved recreational building) and crossing loop in Singapore, owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Keretapi Tanah Melayu
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad or Malayan Railways Limited is the main rail operator in Peninsular Malaysia. The railway system dates back to the British colonial era, when it was first built to transport tin...

 (KTM), the main railway operator in Malaysia.

It opened on the dismantled Tank Road mainline in 1903, was rebuilt on the current Singapore–Johor Bahru KTM Intercity mainline in 1932, until the Jurong Line shut down and it was a crossing loop station in the late 1940s until closure.

The station was a freight interchange for the now defunct Jurong Line from 1965 to the early 1990s.

On 1 July 2011 the line closed following a historic land-swop agreement between the Singapore and Malaysia governments.

Current usage


This station was between Tanjong Pagar railway station
Tanjong Pagar railway station
Tanjong Pagar railway station , also called Keppel Road railway station or Singapore railway station, was until 30 June 2011 the southern terminus of the network operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu , the main railway operator in Malaysia. The land on which the station and the KTM railway tracks are...

 at the southern end of Singapore island and Woodlands Train Checkpoint
Woodlands train Checkpoint
Woodlands Train Checkpoint is a train checkpoint in Woodlands, Singapore co-owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu, the Malaysian rail operator, and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore...

 at the northern end. It was a crossing loop station and signalling control house.
The token
Token (railway signalling)
In railway signalling, a token is a physical object which a locomotive driver is required to have or see before entering onto a particular section of single track. The token is clearly endorsed with the name of the section it belongs to...

 which is dropped off by the driver of the first train (i.e. the moving train seen in the photo) would then be taken by the station master and handed over to the awaiting train (i.e. the one from where the photo is taken). That other train can then proceed into the sector previously passed through by the first train.

Closure on 1 July 2011


The station, along with the line between Woodlands at the northern edge of Singapore and Tanjong Pagar at the southern end, closed on 1 July 2011. The cessation was done without any public consulation and announced only after the decision had been taken. It is opposed and lamented by many as representing a great loss of heritage and travel convenience. Following the cessation, Singapore has only approximately a kilometre of main railway line, from Woodlands to Johor Bahru across the Straits of Johor.

The station was gazetted as a conserved building on 27 May 2011.

2010 train derailment



The locomotive and two passenger coaches of a KTM train bound for Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the second largest city in Malaysia by population. The city proper, making up an area of , has a population of 1.4 million as of 2010. Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 7.2 million...

 derailed near the Bukit Timah station just after 8am on 9 November 2010. None of the 60 passengers on board were injured. As a result of the derailment, all KTM train services on the day of the incident were cancelled, and services the next day were rescheduled.

The station's new beginning


After the railway line from Tanjong Pagar to Bukit Timah was dismantled, the station was reopened by the Singapore Land Authority on 16 September 2011 as a recreational building, part of Singapore's Nature Society
Nature Society (Singapore)
The Nature Society is a non-government, non-profit organisation centered towards the preservation and appreciation of Singapore's natural heritage, as well as that of the surrounding region...

 and URA
Urban Redevelopment Authority
The Urban Redevelopment Authority is the national urban planning authority of Singapore, and a statutory board under the Ministry of National Development of the Singapore Government.-Mission:The authority was established on 1 April 1974, and is of especially critical importance to the city-state,...

's "Rail Corridor" project.

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