The Kawasaki Heavy Industries & CSR Qingdao Sifang C151B trains are the fifth generation of rolling stock for the North-South and East-West Lines.
45 trains of six cars each were purchased, and have been in passenger service since 16 April 2017. The trains are currently housed in Bishan, Ulu Pandan, Changi and Tuas Depots.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries & CSR Qingdao Sifang C151B
Built 2015 - 2017
45 trains of 6 cars each, numbered 601/602 to 689/690
Contract 151B for the design and building of 45 trains was awarded to the consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and CSR Qingdao Sifang on 23 August 2012.
Similar to the C151A trains, Kawasaki Heavy Industries oversees the project and design while CSR Qingdao Sifang handles the manufacturing and testing of the rolling stock.
These trains were purchased to further increase the capacity of the North-South and East-West Lines with the upgraded moving block signalling system by Thales. It is also to cope with the projected increase in demand of the East-West Line once the Tuas West Extension opens in 2017.
As the C151B trains are only equipped with Thales SelTrac CBTC signalling system, they are only put into service on the North-South Line in 2017. The first C151B train entered service on 16 April 2017, together with the Sunday full day trial of the new signalling system.
Due to the split of the East-West Line in November 2017, some C151B trains were put into service onto the Tuas West Extension stretch of the East-West Line. With the commencement of the new signalling system on the whole of the East-West Line, these trains were then also put into service on the whole line on 6 May 2018.
The C151B trains carry SMRT's new pixelated livery: a white background, with a black band and yellow band sandwiching the red band down the middle.
The body of the train is similar to the C151A trains, with a difference at the headlights and taillights.
The train numbers are displayed on a yellow LED display at the top of the right windscreen.
Two wheelchair bays are located in the middle of every C151B train at doors 12 and 13.
The Emergency Communication Button is positioned lower, enabling wheelchair-bound passengers to gain access to the feature.
Three rows of hand grips are positioned along the aisles of the train cabins to provide standing passengers with increased support.
Red warning lights that are positioned above each door will light up when the doors are closing.
STARiS 2 is installed in all C151B trains. Liquid Crystal Displays and LED door opening indicators were built into the panels above all 48 doors of the train.
It provides commuters with their route information throughout their journey, and indicates which side the doors will open.
The plate lists the companies involved in the manufacture of the train, and also the year it was built.
It is located at both ends of the train.
DT: Driving Trailer (unpowered); M1/M2: Motor car