This bridge is due to dismantled soon, with the return of the railway land to the Singapore government.
The visit also brought me back to the old housing estate where I used to live back in the 1970s.
Called Fuyong Estate and located just bedside the KTM truss bridge. I lived there during my teen years.
This is a small freehold estate of around a hundred units, sandwiched between the old Diary Farm and the now defunct Singapore Granite Quarry. It lies on the western ridge of Bukit Timah Hill. So while I was heading to the bridge, I dropped by the estate just to see the old home and reminisce.
|I could watch trains passing everyday from my house.|
What was a once a simple estate of single storied bungalows, semi-detached and terraced houses has now morphed into a sad jumble of independently re-designed and re-built buildings. While there are still some single storey units, most have been redeveloped into 2, 3 or even 4 storied hulks. Some look so monstrous beside its puny neighbours. I guess the owners are maximizing their land use. The old village atmosphere is completely lost now.
|I used to live at no. 71|
|No 71 is at the top of the slope on the left.|
(look up Night Soil in Wiki, you'd be surprised Singapore is mentioned prominently, full of shit, haha)
I recalled that the old shortcut from the estate to the main road ran past the back lane of the shophouses and woe be you if you encounter the night soil carrier at that time! The dilemma was that you either held your breathe and continue quickly through the backlane or make a 500m detour.
|The backlane. The sewers are all modern now.|
|The old shortcut which was just a dirt track in those days.|
|This was how it was done even up to the late 80s.|
Salute and respect to those workers!
(Picture from National Archive database)