Many people remember the KTM railway tracks that were removed in mid-2011 when the land was returned to Singapore. But do you know that there is another stretch of railway tracks in Singapore that is left relatively untouched? This is definitely good news for people who missed the opportunity to visit the main track. I personally could only afford a few hours at the main tracks and it wasn’t sufficient. And then I read about the Old Jurong Line… and so I made a trip down.
Old Jurong Line
The Jurong Line was completed in 1965 and ran from Bukit Timah to the Jurong Industrial Area. It was used to transfer goods due to the lack of proper road systems. However, usage was low and it ceased operations in the early 1990s.
The line branched out from the main railway line after Bukit Timah Railway Station, and ran across Clementi Road into the Sunset Way estate.
I observed these barriers on both sides of Clementi Road. Possible indication of the original position of the tracks?
Sunset Way bridge
The railway then spanned across Sungei Ulu Pandan, via the Sunset Way Bridge.
The Sunset Way bridge is now out of bounds
However, the bridge was already out of bounds, and I could only capture views from the Ulu Pandan Park Connector.
Informal farming plots in front of Blk 301
In March 2012, this plot of land in front of Blk 301 Clementi Ave 4 hit the headlines when the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) issued eviction notices to residents occupying the state land illegally. The residents set up farming plots, sheds and even makeshift places of worship along the old railway tracks, creating fire hazards and collecting stagnant water.
The farming plots had supposedly intruded into state land
After negotiations through their MP, the residents were allowed to continue their farming within newly designated areas.
Staircase leading to Blk 301
This area can be easily accessed via a flight of stairs next to Blk 301. Other than the farming plots, the railway tracks were still relatively untouched, albeit covered in a coat of rust and moss, when I visited.
The tracks run under Clementi Ave 6
The tracks continued along Sungei Ulu Pandan underneath Clementi Ave 6, but soon disappear underground, beneath an open plot of land.
The open space next to Singapore Buddhist Youth Mission
The tracks re-emerge near the Singapore Buddhist Youth Mission building, underneath Commonwealth Ave West and the MRT tracks.
Underneath Commonwealth Ave West
This stretch of tracks also runs closely along the Ulu Pandan Park Connector.
The tracks run parallel to Ulu Pandan Park Connector and Sungei Ulu Pandan
On the other side of the flyover, the tracks run past ITE College West (Clementi Campus) before entering the Faber Heights.
ITE College West (Clementi Campus) is just nearby
AYE, running across Sungei Ulu Pandan
The tracks then run alongside AYE and cross Sungei Ulu Pandan once again. Like the Sunset Way Bridge, this bridge is now out-of-bounds.
This bridge is also out of bounds
I stopped my exploration here, but the tracks actually run much further west. It runs through a tunnel under AYE and across Teban Gardens, continuing through the industrial estate before ending within the Exxon Mobil compounds, near Pulau Samulun. There are also a few branch-offs that lead to Jurong Port, near Pulau Damar Laut. I’ve marked out the whole stretch of railway tracks on the map below.
File Last Updated: March 24, 2014