Friday, July 1, 2011

Johor Sultan drives last train out of Tanjong Pagar

Johor Sultan Drives Last Train Out Of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

SINGAPORE, July 1 (Bernama) - After 80 years of faithful service, the curtains came down on Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad's (KTMB) Tanjung Pagar railway station here Thursday night.

It was a poignant scene at the station's platforms when the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar himself drove out the last train from the station at 11pm, marking the end of a long chapter in KTMB's history.

Eyes were moist in the people gathered as it was a very sentimental moment. It was the southernmost station in KTMB's railway network.

At the stroke of midnight, the station, which has been operation since 1932, ceased all operations and from Friday (July 1), KTMB's train service from Singapore to the peninsula will operate from the Woodlands railway station.

The Sultan of Johor accompanied by his son Tengku Temenggong, Tengku Idris and daughter Tengku Amina had arrived at the station at 10.20pm and were taken on a tour of it by the station's management.

Thousands of people and a horde of media personnel were at the station to witness the historic occasion.

The Sultan of Johor (in pink checked shirt) greets passengers from the last train into Tanjong Pagar Station and also passengers of the last train from Tanjong Pagar Station.

Scene of crowds

Last KTMB train into Singapore pulled into and stopped in Bukit Timah Station for a few minutes.

Switching levers at Bukit Timah Station, inbound, 10:43pm 30 June 2011.

All pictures are courtesy of Dave Lim /Facebook.

Other video: Historic Last Stop @ Bt Timah Station
Remembering KTM: "Slideshow: Click to view photos."