Recently, a resident in Queenstown, Ms Tan, 34, mentioned, "The railway is my playground. My neighbours would bring me to Portsdown, the other side of the train tracks to explore those colonial bungalows! I was young and those foreign expatriates would actually rear fierce and big dogs. They would chase us all the way! There was once I got bitten by a dog!"
KTM tracks beside the row of flats in Commonwealth Drive
The fences surrounding the track are old and dysfunctional. Anyone can easily climb over, bend into and simply walk across them to the tracks. While children in the other estates have fanciful playgrounds, kids in Queenstown grow up playing by the tracks because of the "thrill and unique" factor!
"Our parents would instruct us not to go near the tracks because it is dangerously. Honestly we have crossed the tracks many times. When the train approaches, some of the naughtier ones will lie right next to the tracks. It was very exciting as the train will zoom past us," -Taufik, who lives in Commonwealth Drive for the past decades until his flat was under SERS.
The long stretch of tracks is indeed an unique feature in Queenstown. Many couples, young or old, must have walked along the tracks while enjoying each other's company. Many relationships have blossomed. And it seems our lives intertwine with the railway greatly.
An Old Train Model stopping at our backyard!
The lush greenery that attracts many couples
For how long do you think this stretch of railway tracks will last?