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S’pore shipping in 2 S$8 million MRT trains every month until 2022

They are very special trains.

Joshua Lee | October 2, 2018 @ 07:56 pm

Two new Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) trains arrived in Singapore on Oct. 2.

Here they are snuggled up in their container ship at Jurong Port after a 10-day journey from Huangdao Port in Shandong.

Upon arrival at the port, these trains were inspected by Land Transport Authority (LTA) before being transported to Mandai Depot for coupling.

Here’s what you should know about these next-gen trains, according to this Land Transport Authority (LTA) fact sheet:

1. Singapore bought 91 such trains for S$749 million

Each train costs about S$8.2 million.

These were purchased in 2014 from a consortium made up of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd, CSR Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

The first of these trains arrived in July this year.

Singapore has been receiving two trains a month since August, and will continue to do so until 2022. The first stage of the TEL will open in 2019.

2. The seats can be tipped up

In case you ever felt that the trains are too crowded during peak hours, these new TEL train seats can be tipped up to provide more standing space during morning and evening peaks.

Only 25 percent of the seats per train will have this tip-up feature.

This feature is currently available on some North-South and East-West Line trains, and will be fitted on 60 TEL trains.

3. Each train car has five doors

The current models of trains you see today have four doors.

The TEL trains will be the first to have five doors which help to facilitate the smooth flow of commuters.

Older models like the Downtown Line trains have only four doors per car:

4. It uses a dynamic display

Aside from being a fully automated train, the TEL train also features a dynamic display above the door called the LCD Dynamic Route Map Display (DRMD).

The DRMD can show more intuitive information on the system network map, station arrival and side for doors opening and closing.

5. It can detect track defects

Two of the TEL trains will be fitted with Automated Track Inspection (ATI) system of cameras, lasers, and sensors. These can help detect track defects, faults, cracks, and foreign objects.

This will allow the maintenance team to act fast against any track anomalies.

You can find out more about the Thomson East Coast Line here.

All photos courtesy of LTA

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