Should the Siemens C651 Refurbishment Project be scrapped?

Last Saturday (Apr 10), a local trainspotter spotted the decommissioned refurbished Siemens C651 train EMU 217/218 awaiting to be scrapped at Tuas. This was similar to a previous spotting of a decommissioned C651 train at a Tuas scrapyard last September. However, should the Siemens C651 Refurbishment Project be scrapped? Siemens C651 Mid-Life Refurbishment Project The READ MORE »


3 Tips When Taking the Train During Rainy Seasons

With the onset of inter-monsoon conditions this month (Apr 2021), we can expect to see more occurrences of “short-duration moderate to heavy thundery showers with frequent lightning” in the afternoon on most days, as announced by the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS). Therefore, here are 3 tips when taking the train during rainy seasons! Avoid Rushing READ MORE »


Arrival of New 3rd Generation Trains for North East Line

In a Facebook post by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on 4 April 2021, the new third-generation trains for the North East Line (NEL) have arrived in Singapore! This is the first set of six trains which would be delivered to train operator SBS Transit. Alstom Metropolis C851E (NEL) Land Transport Authority (LTA) awarded Alstom READ MORE »


Retrofitted Bukit Panjang Light Rail Vehicle arrives in Singapore

In a Facebook post by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on 2 April 2021, two sets of retrofitted Bukit Panjang Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) have arrived in Singapore from New Jersey, USA! These two LRT vehicles are currently being secured at a work site beside Junction 10 Shopping Mall, awaiting to be hoisted to the READ MORE »


Early Closure of Selected North East Line Stations – April 2021

Selected stations on the North East Line (NEL) will close earlier on Fridays and Saturdays; 9, 10 April and 16, 17 April. SBS Transit mentioned that this is to facilitate Intensified Replacement Works for Insulators of the Overhead Catenary System (OCS). Longer Intervals during Closures During the early closures between the section from Serangoon to READ MORE »


How is the North East Line powered Differently?

Last Sunday (Mar 28), train services between Punggol and Serangoon stations on the North East Line (NEL) were disrupted due to a power fault at Buangkok station. But how is the North East Line powered differently compared to other MRT lines in Singapore? MRT trains are powered using Electricity All 6 MRT lines in Singapore READ MORE »


Guide Dog knows which station to alight at?

Guide dogs are service animals which are trained to lead the blind or visually impaired around obstacles. They are allowed on Singapore’s public transport, with full support given by the Government of Singapore. One such guide dog is even accustomed to our MRT network! Assisting its owner on the MRT In a Facebook post via READ MORE »


How did a safe MRT system indirectly cause delays?

Last Friday (Mar 19), Southbound trains towards Marina South Pier on the North-South Line (NSL) were delayed during the morning peak hours due to a fault with the platform screen doors at Bishan station. But how does ensuring safety for commuters indirectly cause inconvenience then? Safety Systems on MRT trains Our MRT trains are equipped READ MORE »


Singapore’s Integrated Train Testing Centre to be Completed in 2024

In a Facebook post by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on 17 March 2021, the Integrated Train Testing Centre (ITTC) has commenced civil construction works with a groundbreaking ceremony officiated by Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung. The ITTC is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, with a dedicated facility that will be READ MORE »


Full Sunday Closure of Selected East-West Line Stations – March & April 2021

To facilitate Cable Replacement Works along the Tuas West Extension (TWE), selected MRT stations along the East-West Line (EWL) will be closed on Sundays from 14 March to 18 April 2021. SMRT mentions that as part of precautionary measures to be implemented against power cable faults and potential train service disruptions, about 150km of 22kV READ MORE »