8 More Things You May Not Know About Singapore MRT

8 More Things You May Not Know About Singapore MRT

There are so many minute details and noteworthy things of the train network scattered all over the country. Therefore, here are eight more things that you might not know about Singapore’s train network!

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1. Botanic Gardens: Waterfall in an MRT Station

Waterfall Feature at Botanic Gardens MRT station

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With the station located directly next to the Singapore Botanical Gardens, an indoor waterfall which is at the front of the platform has a stream of water flowing down on the wall, coupled with flora and fauna on the wall panels on both sides of the platform.

Click to learn more about Botanic Gardens station of the Circle Line »

2. Bras Basah: Reflection Pool Blending in With Its Vicinity

Reflective pool water feature at Bras Basah MRT station

CC 2 Bras Basah

As a station located in the historic civic district, it requires blending well together with the landscape on ground level and also providing a visual connection to the exterior to enhance the travel experience for the commuters.

A water-covered glass roof allows daylight to penetrate through the underground station, and when seen from ground level, a reflection pool amidst greenery. The reflection of the pool displays the classical designs of the Art Museum and also creates a civic forecourt to the Singapore Management University located beside the station.

Click to learn more about Bras Basah station of the Circle Line »

3. Marina Bay: Artistic Overhead Sculpture

Artistic Sculpture at Marina Bay MRT station

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Measuring 9-metres in diameter, the sculpture was created using cylindrical, flat and circular aluminium and plastic pieces to signify a sense of balance, harmony and intimacy.

The sculpture was originally installed at Orchard station but was then removed to facilitate construction works above the underground station. A re-commissioned work of the same sculpture was then installed at the transfer hall of Marina Bay station.

*The structure is currently taken down for TEL construction works.

Click to learn more about Marina Bay station of the North-South Line »

4. Marina South Pier: Mural Gift Commemorating SG50

SG50 Mural at Marina South Pier MRT station

NS 28 Marina South Pier

An 80 sqm SG50 mural titled Singapore Tapestry by Delia Prvacki with young artists under Deliarts Pte Ltd and commissioned by the LTA, is a gift to Singapore for the country’s 50th anniversary. A composite of inspiration of its nearly 1,500 participants from different walks of life, the mural stands as a testament to the life of a nation and its people.

Based on nature, urban and economic development, and socio-cultural fabric as broad themes, participants articulated their stories on slabs of raw clay under the artist’s guidance. The divergent inspirations were then hand-painted, fired and assembled by the artist into a cohesive reflection of the shared experiences of Singaporeans.

The resultant mural celebrates the tapestry of life in Singapore, rich in texture, diversity and colour, and united in aspiration.

Click to learn more about Marina South Pier station of the North-South Line »

5. one-north: The Only MRT Station Without a Capital Letter

There is no capitalisation for one-north MRT station

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Located on the Circle Line, one-north station is the only MRT station in Singapore’s train network without any capital letter in its name.

The name is a reference to Singapore’s latitude being around one degree north of the equator.

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6. Tanjong Pagar: Where Did Exit I Go?

Exit I of Tanjong Pagar MRT station

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Tanjong Pagar station is parred with Raffles Place station as the most number of exits in a single MRT station. Both stations have 10 exits but Tanjong Pagar exit lettering goes up to “K”, which is the 11th letter of the alphabet.

Exit I was a lift-only exit that links the platform level directly to the street level at Choon Guan Street. The exit was demolished to make way for Guoco Tower, which, in case you did not know, is currently the tallest building in Singapore at 290-metres.

*Exit E is currently closed for renovation.

7. Gul Circle: Tallest MRT Viaduct in Singapore

Singapore's Tallest MRT viaduct at Gul Circle MRT station

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With 42 stations that are above-ground on the North-South and East-West Lines, the section that soars the highest is between Joo Koon and Gul Circle stations on the Tuas West Extension for the East-West Line, peaking at 23-metres.

The 7.5km Tuas West Extension opened on 18 June 2017, consisting of 4 stations – Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link.

Click to learn more about Gul Circle station of the East-West Line »

8. Tuas Depot: Largest Number of Stabling Lots for MRT Trains

A Kawasaki-CSR Sifang C151B train at Tuas West Depot

The highest amount of parking lots allowing trains to rest and be maintained at the end of the day is located at the western part of the island, in the industrial area of Tuas.

The 26-hectare Tuas MRT Depot can hold up to 60 MRT trains and was opened in 2017.

Bonus Fact: Same Same but Different?

Alstom Metropolis C851E (NEL)

The new Alstom Metropolis C851E (NEL) trains that arrived in Singapore earlier this year may look similar to the existing 2015 Alstom Metropolis C751C trains currently running on the North East Line. But are they actually the same…?

Dynamic Route Map Display (DRMD) for the Alstom Metropolis C751C and Alstom Metropolis C851E (NEL)

Click to learn more about the Alstom Metropolis C751C »
Click to learn more about the Alstom Metropolis C851E (NEL) »

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Matthew Ng

An avid train enthusiast since 2009, he designs graphics and infographics to promote the little known facts about Singapore's train network.