I had crossed this bridge on 20 Dec 2008.
In one of my past entries, Managing fears: I have conquered a bridge, I have shared my good fortune to be given the privilege to join heritage-bloggers, Chun See, Icemoon, Peter and Preetamrai to walk along parts of the Old Jurong Line and to explore this now defunct railway line on 20 Dec 2008.
I am still trying to better appreciate the history behind the Old Jurong Line, so please forgive me that I will not be writing too much of the historical facts behind this defunct railway line. What I shall attempt to share here will be some of my adventurous experiences exploring the Old Jurong Line.
Our adventures for the day started at our meeting point: The car-park in front of Blk 326 Clementi. We met at about 9 a.m. My heartfelt appreciation to Chun See for his generosity in offering to give us a ride on his car to make our exploration of the Old Jurong Line slightly less physically daunting.
My thanks to Icemoon. He was very thoughtful to remember that I wish to explore the part of the Old Jurong Line near the Sunset Way area, and he made a counter-proposal to Chun See's original plan. Thanks to Icemoon's counterproposal and Chun See's willingness to accept the counter-proposal, I had the chance to cross the railway bridges that ran over Sunset Way and River Ulu Pandan, and learnt to overcome some of my fears of height.
Our first stop after departing the meeting point at Blk 326 Clementi was Sunset Way. It was a fascinating experience. I walked with the rest of the team to a jungled area of Sunset Way and found myself fascinated with searching for remnants of the railway tracks as I walked about the grassy area. I won't have done that on my own, and I was so thrilled that I was able to be on the adventure of exploring the Jurong Line.
As we continued walking, we came to a short railway bridge that ran over Sunset Way. I crossed it with a tinge of hesitance, and when I crossed it, I felt a sense of pride. After that bridge, we walked quite a while until we came to the railway bridge that ran over River Ulu Pandan. That was a challenging cross. Thankfully, I managed to cross it!
After the most challenging cross, we continued walking. I was impressed with Chun See's knowledge of fruit trees. He can tell what fruit trees that we came across simply by looking at them.
Interestingly, I noticed from a distance an elderly man who was sweeping the railway tracks. Was he the guardian of the Old Jurong Line?
Walking. It had been a relaxing walk along the Old Jurong Line that day. As we continued walking, we came to the part of the railway line that ran under the Clementi Ave 6 flyover. I recalled that on a few occasions, I had travelled via the Clementi Ave 6 flyover on my way to the National University of Singapore. It somehow was enlightening to walk along the Old Jurong Line that lied just below it. I wondered when the flyover was built, and how on earth someone could build a flyover over a railway line, if it had been in use back then.
Look at the photograph below of an area that is nearby the Clementi Ave 6 Flyover. Peter shared with me that the railway tracks were buried underneath the sands. It looks like that part of the railway line would be forever be lost to history?
Where did we go after that? Stay tuned for more please.
Adventures of the Old Jurong Line Part 4
Adventures of the Old Jurong Line Part 3
Adventures of the Old Jurong Line Part 2
Managing fears: I have conquered a bridge