Ulu Pandan Depot
With less than 50 people working at Ulu Pandan Depot, the team play an integral part in providing a smooth journey for our commuters on the North-South, East-West lines.
Chan Gam Fai has been working at SMRT for 27 years. Since 1995, he has been based at Ulu Pandan Depot as a Technical Officer in the Rolling Stock Department(RSD). He usually works on corrective maintenance, which are reported faults. These could be faults with the air con, power or train doors. He can service all four main line train models and works on two to three trains a day on average.
Fixing a train could take anywhere between three to four hours to a day depending on the fault. Chan is happy at Ulu Pandan Depot as he works with a reliable team and they have forged strong bonds over the years.
Jimmy Lim Jui Mui, another unsung hero, has been working at SMRT for the last 14 years. He and his team concentrate on preventive maintenance. They work in shifts, rotating between morning, afternoon and night. Work lasts between 8-10 hours a day.
Jimmy feels that it is important that you like your job and strongly believes in team work. He said that although they are six different teams here everyone helps each other and sharing of knowledge is common.
Officially opened in 1989, Changi Depot is one of our four train depots and is heavily utilized by the Rolling Stock Department (RSD). Located at 5 Koh Sek Lim road, the 25 hectare depot is home to around 70 of our colleagues.
At Changi Depot, the RSD assists with basic maintenance and repair works such as changing small components. They also conduct weekly and monthly checks of our trains. There are a total of 47 trains comprising of 3 models; the KHI C151, SIE C651 & KSF C151A.
Line Manager Abdul Hamid Bin Awang, who is part of RSD, has been with the depot since its opening. He enjoys working at Changi as it is very quiet as compared to Bishan. His only complaint is that there’s no canteen but he’s grateful that there’s a chartered bus to take them to Bedok Interchange for lunch.
The existing Changi depot will be demolished with a new depot to be built beside the current site. The new Changi depot, shared between SMRT and SBST, will house the rolling stock of the East West, Downtown and Thomson-East Coast lines and is expected to be ready in 2024.
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