Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visits Bishan Depot

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong found the time in his busy schedule to visit Bishan Depot for the first time.  The Prime Minister was accompanied by his wife, Madam Ho Ching, as well as Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew and NTUC Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing.

PM Lee visits SMRT Bishan DepotArriving just after midnight, the Prime Minister was invited to view how sleepers are replaced by our own resleepering team.

Wooden sleepers can weigh up to 250kgs. It takes 4 men to lift one sleeper.

Wooden sleepers can weigh up to 250kgs. It takes 4 men to lift one sleeper.

He also observed how the Track Tamping Vehicle, Rail Grinding Vehicle and the Multi-Function Vehicle all play a part in rail maintenance.

The Track Tamping Vehicle uses vibrations to settle the ballast, which are the small rocks found at the tracks.

The Track Tamping Vehicle uses vibrations to settle the ballast, which are the small rocks found at the tracks.

PM Lee inspects are refurbished train

Prime Minister Lee was also shown the different refurbishments that SMRT has done on the trains, such as the new signalling system, the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (a quieter and more energy efficient motor), and the Linear Variable Displacement Transducer, a sensor which checks the alignment of the third rail which supplies power to trains.

The new signalling system will service intervals to be shortened to 100 seconds from the current 120 seconds.

The new signalling system will service intervals to be shortened to 100 seconds from the current 120 seconds.

The night visit ended with a rousing dialogue session where staff took the opportunity to speak to PM Lee personally.

PM Lee speaks to the staffPM Lee visit, group shot

PM Lee speaks to the staff at SMRT

Just before he left Bishan Depot, PM Lee expressed his gratitude to the staff present for their hard work on keeping the rail system working well. He also posted this message on his Facebook the following day,

Work on MRT trains does not stop when the last passengers alight and the stations close. I paid a midnight visit to…

Posted by Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

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