Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bub & Me: 2013 Motoring Heritage Day, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

On Sunday I brought Lil Pumpkin down to the old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to check out the vintage cars and activities of 2013 Motoring Heritage Day. I'm not a huge automobile fan, but I've been wanting to bring her down to that station for a long time and it was a good chance to go as it's only open to the public during special events. Plus my friend Jerome was give a talk on the history of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station so it was a nice opportunity to catch up with him, and learn more about the station's heritage too.

It was completed on 3 May 1932 and before it's official closing on 30 June 2011, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station was the southernmost terminal of the Malaysian Railway {West Coat Line} linking Singapore to Malaysia. The main building of the railway station was gazetted as a national monument on 9 April 2011 and may be made into a museum. I've only been there a few times but I'm so impressed by all the memories told by its nostalgic structure and murals. Every time I enter, it feels like I'm transported back in time to olden Singapore.
There was an excellent display of vintage cars from Malaysia and Singapore parked along the road next to the railway platforms. Each car had a small sign to explain its history and make. I wonder if the owners still use it on the roads nowadays? Must be rather expensive to upkeep these cars too!
I was surprised that they had so many free kids fringe activities to keep the little ones entertained. There was a good crowd, but it wasn't particularly overwhelming that we had to wait very long to participate in any of the activities. It was spread out all across the main building so the whole event was not congested at all. Great!

We enjoyed the trishaw uncle rides, art activity booths, story-telling by National Library Board volunteers and the free ice-cream heehee. No food stalls {so bring your own snacks for the kids} but there were water stands all around for the public.
Jerome's 30 minutes talk touched on the beginnings of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, considerations for its location, inspiration behind its Art-Deco style main building, and its evolution through time. Too bad we missed his guided tour around the railway station as it was nearing Lil Pumpkin's nap-time but hopefully we can come down again next year :)

I was a little down for the past few days but I'm glad I took the trip down to spend some one-on-one time with Lil Pumpkin that morning. It was very enjoyable and enriching. I love learning and exploring a little more about this country we live in.

Do you like to visit the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station? 
What do you think the future holds for it?

Check out the rest of our Bub & Me activities or list of kid-friendly places in Singapore :)


Julie said...

Looks like fun. I love the kids' activities. There are so many great outings for kids - even the ones we wouldn't traditionally think of taking kids to.

Lydia C. Lee said...

What a great day. And don't be down, if you like your blog as it is, be proud of it. There will always be people ready to chip in with a criticism. Don't let it get you down.

Kim said...

Free entertainment for kids? Sounds awesome. I'd love to get a taste of old Singapore too. Must ave been amazing x

Aroha @ Colours of Sunset said...

Looks like a great day out whether old cars interest you or not. Love places that put in the effort to have lots of stuff for the kids. Makes it so much easier for the parents! Great pics. You and lil pumpkin look so gorgeous! xo Aroha

Stacy said...

Oh I just love Lil pumpkin's dress!

Hmm can't say transportation gets me excited either. SG does have lots of good events judging from your blog alone.

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me said...

She is totally gorgeous, and looks like she had a ball! My kid would love this, well maybe just the boys!

An Apel a Day said...

How fun! I love the photos you captured. That bike is so cool!

We have an old railway museum here. I haven't been there for a year though.

Theresa Mahoney said...

How nice to offer kids activities! Shows like that don't always hold their interest for long, so it's great they were prepared for it!

I love that pic of you and lil pumpkin by the train tracks. Very sweet :)

Unknown said...

This looks so fun!! We love going to things like this and wandering around :) I love lil pumpkin's "modelling" expression in the first picture hehe ;)

Rina said...

looks fun and interesting. Lil' pumpkin is all grown up now, and looking cute as always! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Looks like an interesting place to visit! The vintage cars are eye-openers too, even as adults we seldom get to see them.
Looks like your little angel had a great time ;)