As our love to showing our kids how great nature could be continue to grow, last weekend, we walked along the Rail Corridor. This 4km easy walking stretch is way far different from what we experience from the 11km Mac Ritchie Trail.
The whole railway that starts from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station stretches to Woodlands Train Checkpoint 24km in total. The Rail Corridor is a nature trail along the former Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) railway line connecting Singapore and Malaysia. The Malaysian rail service ceased operations here in 2011. The same year Singapore gazetted for its conservation.
Rail Corridor (Central) that just opened last March 22, 2021 after being closed in 2019 for restoration. It is between the two conserved truss bridges, 4km stretch that is between Hillview and King Albert Park MRT.
If you’re looking for a beginners trail and also want a bit of history, this is the trail to go. There’s a lot of Instagrammable spots.
Our trip started with a couple of train transfers from Woodlands MRT. Then we took the LRT from Choa Chu Kang MRT to Bukit Panjang MRT which we haven’t tried in a long time, especially since we moved to Woodlands area 5 years ago. So the kids felt like it was their first time and was very giddy about their experience. And lastly, transferred to the Blue train and finally alight at King Albert Park MRT.
It’s just takes a quick 3 minute walk from the MRT and you’ll arrive at the Old Bukit Timah Railway Station. You’ll never miss it as there’s a lot of people going in and out of the trail. Just keep a look out on those sweaty trail walkers and you’ll never get lost! haha
Before starting the 4km walk, we had some photos taken first at the at the old rail tracks near the Heritage Gallery.
Behind me in this photo is the one of the conserved truss bridges. It is this are that gets a bit congested as people tend to stop take photos.
Not sure what this wall stands for but according to my research, it is in 1871, that the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company puts forward another proposal to Governor Harry St George Ord which started public protests against it as it would the use of public funds for private interests.
As said from the start, this walking trail is an easy one and family with even small kids would have fun walking. As you can see, you hardly can tell that you’re walking in a hiking trail as walking path has been well developed.
There may be rough trail along the way but it’s wide enough for 2 way foot traffic. Just right to make you feel you’re doing a nature walk. There isn’t much insects along the trail which is a great thing for those who forgot to put on some insect repellant.
One more good thing is the absence of monkeys in the area. If you’re a parent, you’ll know that bribing your child in long walks is the way to go to avoid tantrums and wailing. For this short trip, what I grabbed from the kids snack basket are these Dewberry. Good thing I was able get 2 packs of this as my youngest started making this face a few minutes when we started our walk. Fairy god Mommy simply put out this biscuits and there comes the smile on her face as well..ahhhh 😌
More photos to remember this nature walk.😀
We also passed by this underpass with graffiti on the walls. Singapore being Singapore, just a few steps away are contractors painting over those graffiti.
If ever you’re in the area and happen to see “Winnie”, don’t hesitate to contact the owner.
Not long after, dark clouds suddenly felt like running after us.Good thing we’re almost near the Railway Mall which marks the end too of the Railway Corridor.
Luckily we are a few minutes away from an exit next to Railway Mall. I didn’t notice any signage nearby and with tall bushes and people coming in and out of it, you’ll totally miss it.
There’s a signage though on the bottom if you’re walking the other way around (Hillview MRT to King Albert Park MRT route).
Railway Mall is a strip of restaurants, have a grocery (Cold Storage) and etc. It is also a stone throw away from Hillview MRT and has a nearby bus stop so basically, a good stand point for you to get to another area without being drench by rain.
The kids were hungry and thirsty at the end of our walk. We finished close to lunchtime which is why most of the food shops are also full of customers. We didn’t want to queue so we just headed for the ColdStorage to grab some snacks first. Here’s my gang trying to relax with the sound of the rain and munching on some unhealthy snacks which they deserved for being such a great troopers today.
There’s limited selection of food shops in the strip and we don’t find any that we want so we decided to just hop on a bus to go to a mall near our place so it would be easier going back home too.
Lunch at Yoshinoya, Causeway Point to fill-up our tummy. Mommy doesn’t have the energy too to cook anymore. haha
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. If you know like me to share any dish you’ve been wanting to do, make sure to leave on the comments below.
If you’re looking for some inspiration a simple snack to make for your picky eaters, check out our previous post on how to make Easy Apple Turnovers! There’s much more you can do in your kitchen just as Chef Gusteau’s famous motto from the movie Ratatouille: Anyone can cook!
Till our next time!
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