Keppel Railway Station

The Keppel railway station has been declared a national monument by the Singapore government. It is also called or referred to as the Tanjong Pagar Railway station. I decided to drop by to have a browse before it ceased operation on July 2011 and thereafter the train operations will be moved to Woodlands Train Checkpoint.  The trains are operated by the Malaysian government through a company namely Keretapi Tanah Melayu or KTM as it is commonly known. Nowadays many people prefer to take coaches to Malaysia by road instead of by railway trains as it it cheaper, more comfortable and faster. But I do take the trains occasionally on leisurely ride to Malaysia as there is a nostalgic feelings to it.

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Looking at the Keppel railway station right now, I saw that the building looked very worn out and even the interior of this building needs a major facelift. It seems to stand still on its own time as it looked the same years before and right now. Perhaps the Malaysian government has no interest at all to upgrade or improve the facilities here. The pace here seems to be slow and leisurely – you just buy the train ticket at the old booth and wait for the time to catch the train. The canteen at this train station served mainly Malay and Indian food. My friends told me that some of the food here are quite good – especially the ayam penyet. I have taken a number of photos of this railway stations and placed it at my website at – ImageSingapore.com

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Keppel Railway Station

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I am sure that the Keppel Railway station will be beautifully refurbished when it is taken over by the Singapore government. But thereafter, they will turn this place into another commercial hub like a shopping mall or a hotel; which is sad and unfortunate. Many heritage buildings in Singapore have been converted into shops and hotels – and then the government proudly boast that they are heritage sites – really stupid of them.

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Keppel Railway Station

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