05 Jul '11, 4pm

Our photographer Alphonsus wrote this moving piece about his old friends at the #KTM Bukit Timah station. #FarewellKTM

I remember well enough the pride and conviction in Mr Hashim Muji's voice when I spoke to him way back in 2007. “How long do you think the trains will run through Singapore?” I asked. Declared the KTM Bukit Timah station master, “Another 900 years!” Mr Hashim and his family moved from Kelantan to Singapore in the 70s, when his father found a job as a porter at the Tanjong Pagar train terminus. He himself joined the KTM in 1986 as a goods checker, and worked his way to the rank of station manager. His next promotion - if there was going to be one, he said - would be to an executive position and away from the hands-on work he loves. He did not look forward to it. I think I know what he would miss. The pristine tranquility of the 80-year-old outpost, broken by the chirping of crickets and cicadas. The musty smell of old grease and rags in the signal cabin. The distant blast o...

Full article: http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2011/7/5/the-masters-of-ktm...

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