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Bishan Depot
碧山车厂
பீஷான் பணிமனை
Statistics
Address 300 Bishan Road
Singapore 579828
Line(s) North South Line
Rolling Stock(s) C151
C651
C751B
C151A
C151B
C151C

Bishan Depot is the first train depot in Singapore. It maintains trains for the North South Line.

The depot was completed in 1987 by American architect Vikas M. Gore and the 12,000 square metres maintenance area at cost of S$300 million.

History[edit]

Date Event
7 November 1987 Depot officially opens

SMRT Cram Jam[edit]

On 11 February 2007, SMRT Organised the SMRT Cram Jam! cum Learning Journey and Charity Bazaar to raise funds for the SMRT Silver Tribute Fund. The Cram Jam took place in the morning seeking an entry into the Singapore Book of Records by cramming people inside a C151 train car (car 2027), a Mercedes-Benz O405G Bus (TIB1202K) and a Ssangyong Rodius/Stavic MPV Cab. The Singapore Police Force crammed 550 officers inside the train car, 235 staff from SMRT crammed inside the bus and an amazing 44 Girl Guides Singapore Cadets crammed themselves into the cab. Games and Carnival Food were organized and a 90-minute tour around the Bishan Depot.

Vandalism[edit]

A C751B (311/312) train was vandalised in an apparent security breach on 17 August 2011. The train was then put into service before the vandalism was discovered. On 15 July 2016, local and Australian media reported that between April and July 2015, two Americans Jim Harper and Danielle Bremner, posted a series of vandalism videos online under the pseudonyms Utah and Ether, with one video showing them committing the act at Bishan depot. Harper was arrested and jailed 6-months in May in Australia, while his partner is on the run.[1]

Another incident of a MRT train being vandalized happened on a C151A train on 5 May 2014. Police reports were made in the early hours of the morning when trains were being dispatched from the depot.[2]

A third case of vandalism took place on 8 November 2014 when two Germans, Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz, spraypainted a cabin on a C151 train after breaking into the depot. They were each sentenced to nine months jail and given three strokes of the cane as per the Vandalism Act.[3]

Incidents[edit]

On 4 July 1985, there was a MRT mishap where four workers were trapped within 15 minutes.[4]

A technical officer working at the depot died as a result of his injuries sustained while operating a hydraulic press machine in the rolling stock shed on the morning of 24 March 2020. Following the accident, SMRT imposed a safety time-out and suspended maintenance works during the investigation period.[5]

Reception Tracks[edit]

On the North South Line, it has 3 reception tracks, 2 that lead to Ang Mo Kio station and 1 lead to Bishan station.

References[edit]

Mass Rapid Transit [ VTE ]
Overview HistoryStationsFare and TicketingFacilitiesSafetySecurity
Lines North South LineEast West LineNorth East LineCircle LineDowntown LineThomson–East Coast Line
FutureJurong Region LineCross Island Line
Rolling Stocks C151C151AC151BC151CCT251C651C751AC751BC751CC830C830CC951
FutureC851E • CJ151 • CR151
Depots BishanChangiGali BatuKim ChuanMandaiSengkangUlu PandanTuas
FutureChangi East • East Coast • Tengah
North South Line [ VTE ]
Stations Jurong EastBukit BatokBukit GombakChoa Chu KangYew TeeKranjiMarsilingWoodlandsAdmiraltySembawangCanberraYishunKhatibYio Chu KangAng Mo KioBishanBraddellToa PayohNovenaNewtonOrchardSomersetDhoby GhautCity HallRaffles PlaceMarina BayMarina South Pier
Rolling Stock C151C151AC151BC151CC651C751BCR151
Depots BishanUlu Pandan
Others North South Line Bridging Service