Bombardier MOVIA C951

The Bombardier MOVIA C951 trains are the first generation of rolling stock for the Downtown Line.

92 trains of three cars each were purchased and have been in passenger service since the line opened on 22 December 2013.

The trains are housed at the Gali Batu, Kim Chuan and the upcoming East Coast Integrated depots.

These trains use lightweight medium-frequency converters, resulting in weight savings of about 5 tonnes which translates to fleet-wide energy savings of up to 2,000 megawatt hours, enough to power 430 four-room housing flats for a year.

The aluminium car body of these trains results in slow-lifecycle costs, making the train 90 per cent recyclable when it reaches end-of-life.

These trains receive power through its current collector shoes, electrified by the third-rail electrification system alongside the running rails.

Four trains are fitted with an Automatic Track Inspection (ATI) system, allowing concurrent monitoring of the running rails, trackside equipment and sleepers during operations.

Utilising Invensys' Sirius Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system, these trains are capable of fully automated operations and can run without any train attendant on board.

The innovative software solution of the Train Control Management System (TCMS) of these trains allow for the Passenger Load Information System (PLIS) to display real-time passenger weight load data of the upcoming train onto the station platform screens.

At a Glance

Bombardier MOVIA C951

Downtown Line

Built 2013 - 2017

92 trains of 3 cars each, numbered 9001 to 9092

The Bombardier MOVIA C951 trains are maintained and operated by SBS Transit.



Contract 951 for the supply of 73 new trains for the 34-station Downtown Line (DTL) was awarded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to German train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation GmbH on 6 November 2008.

The manufacturer brought a mock-up of the train in 2009 for the LTA and stakeholders to provide feedback and evaluate the design, features and technical specifications.

In anticipation of increased demand on the 41.9-kilometre long DTL, the LTA also awarded Contract 951A to Bombardier Transportation GmbH for an additional 15 new trains of the same specification on 28 March 2013, where it subsequently modified contract terms to increase the order by four to 19 new trains.

All 92 trains were jointly manufactured by the German manufacturer and CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd. under Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd.

The first nine C951 trains entered passenger service on 22 December 2013, with all 92 trains delivered to Singapore by mid-2017.





The head of the train has an aerodynamic design.

The train sports a white-colour exterior with flat and slanted sides.

The blue-colour DTL strip complements the black-colour window segmentation of the livery.

This is the first MRT train to feature the standard LTA livery, with its logo pasted on the front and at the side.


There are three colour schemes in the train cars, with each colour applied to one car of the train.

The colour of the seats are yellow, lime green and baby blue in the three different cars and are designed with ergonomic curves.

The reserved seats, catered for commuters with special needs, are differentiated in red.



Perch Seats

Seats at the ends of each train car have been changed to perch seats, creating wider standing space for commuters.

Platform Gap Width Reduction

The flooring-edge of each train door is fitted with a rubber gap filler to reduce the gap between the train and station platform.

This helps to reduce the risk of passengers in wheelchairs or with strollers slipping into or getting caught in the gaps.

Reserved Seats

The reserved seats, catered for commuters with special needs, are differentiated in red.

Wheelchair Bay

Two wheelchair bays are located in the middle car of every C951 train at doors 5 and 8.

The Passenger Communication Unit is positioned lower, enabling passengers in wheelchairs to easily access the feature.

Gangway Lights

Gangway spotlights are installed to illuminate the gangway area of the train cars.

Overhead Hand Grips

Three rows of hand grips are positioned along the aisles of the train cabins to provide standing passengers with increased support.

Grab-Handles at Doorways

The grab-handles support passengers boarding or alighting the trains and for passengers standing near the doors.

Door Closing Indicator

Red LED lights positioned above each door will light up when the doors are closing.

Dynamic Route Map Display

The Dynamic Route Map Display panels provide commuters with their route information throughout their journey.

It also indicates which side the doors will open.

Train Traveller Information System

The LED and LCD display panels of the Train Traveller Information System shows useful travel information to passengers, such as in-train announcement texts, current and next train stations which the train will call at.

Builder Plate

The builder plate lists the companies involved in the manufacture and the built-year of the train.

Passenger Communication Unit

The Passenger Communication Unit is located at the side of each train doors to contact the train staff in an emergency.

It is positioned lower as compared to trains along other lines.

Viewing Space + Emergency Exit Ramps

Both ends of the train feature a viewing space and an emergency exit.

The viewing space allows passengers to view the tunnel through the windscreen.

The emergency exit ramp will be deployed in an emergency.

Technical Specifications


DM: Driving Motor; T: Trailer (unpowered)

Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd.
Number Built
276 cars (92 trains)
Train Numbers
9001 - 9092
Car Body Construction
Welded aluminium
Traction Control
Line Voltage
750V DC (nominal) from third rail
Standard gauge (1435mm)
Maximum Speed
90km/h (design)
80km/h (service)
Train Length
70.10m (3 cars)
Car Length
23.65m (DM1/DM2)
22.80m (T)
Train Weight
115t (tare condition/unladen)
210t (fully laden)
1.45m wide, 8 per car
Seating Capacity
130 seats