On Sunday (4 June), Tuas Link station was filled to the brim in the early morning — and not because of the peak hour.
Over 100 MRT train enthusiasts gathered at Tuas Link station to welcome the debut of the Alstom Movia R151 train.
Those who took the train also managed to experience its many new and improved features.
According to The Straits Times, more than 100 people took their mornings off on Sunday (4 June) to witness the launch of the new MRT train.
Many TikTok videos showed a massive turnout for the launch. The videos featured crowds of MRT train enthusiasts waiting excitedly for the train to arrive.
When the train finally reached the station, the captain sounded the horn twice to signal to the crowd.
Onlookers whooped and cheered, whipping out their phones to film the launch of the new model.
Upon the arrival of the seventh-generation MRT train, those who woke up early for the launch were eager to experience a ride on it.
The new train has several features that set it apart from older models. For instance, a TikTok user cited better LCD displays on the train.
Furthermore, the train also seems to have better soundproofing as noise from the outside “feels more muffled than usual”.
The large panoramic windows help to improve one’s viewing experience of the scenery around them when travelling along above-ground stations.
Furthermore, the new trains also have perch seats, thus helping to accommodate even more passengers.
Beyond these features, the train even has a self-test system. This means the system automatically checks if the trains are fit for operation every day before services begin.
This helps to reduce the frequency of train faults, thus improving the efficiency of the MRT system.
So far, 16 of the 106 new trains introduced to the North-South and East-West Lines will be in operation progressively from Sunday (4 June).
Meanwhile, MRT train enthusiasts will have to wait patiently for LTA to make any new announcements regarding the launch of the next batch of new trains.
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