Did the journey up and down the peninsula a few times, travel warrants didn't cover sleeping berths so on the night segment we usually forked out for them. They were like the long compartments in 'Some Like it Hot' and you soon realise that Malays never sleep.1955, off the troopship and transported by truck to Singapore railway station, handed a Lee Enfield rifle and ammo, to board the overnight train, first to KL, then onwards up country. First immpression, what a strange on board WC cmpartment, two footprints in raised relief and a hole in the floor!
Didn't fancy eating on the overnight train so the NAAfFI kiosk set up on the magnificent KL railway station was a welcome call for breakfast before setting off on the day segment to Prai (near Butterworth)
KL station was said to be modelled on the Indian stations and built to UK specs so the roof had to withstand so many inches of snow !
Singapore station is, alas no more, the southern train terminus is now just short of the causeway. The building has not been demolished and hopefully will be preserved along with the impressive murals depicting colonial Malayan scenes.
The SIngaporeans are turning the now disused trackway down from Woodlands to Tanjong Pagar into an Urban country walk running the length of the island- we were hoping to walk it last year but it's not completed yet, the government is first cleverly digging up the track path, installing a large water main and then covering it over to may the trail- thus avoiding major disruptions if the water-main went by a different route.