Kawasaki Heavy Industries & CSR Qingdao Sifang CT251

Kawasaki Heavy Industries & CSR Qingdao Sifang  CT251
CT251 Mock-up at LTA
CT251 Train at Jurong Port
In service 2019 –
Manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries with CSR Sifang
Constructed 2015 –
Number built 364 Vehicles (91 trainsets)
Formation 4 cars per trainset
Fleet number 2001 – 2091
Operators SMRT Trains
Depot(s) Mandai and Gali Batu
Line(s) served Thomson-East Coast Line
Singapore–Johor Bahru RTS Link
Technical Data
Car body Welded aluminium
Doors 10 per car
Electrification 750 V DC third rail
Track gauge Standard Gauge (1435mm)

The Kawasaki Heavy Industries & CSR Qingdao Sifang CT251, alternatively the T251, is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train operating on the future Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). Entering service in 2019, these were the Thomson-East Coast Line’s first generation of rolling stock.

Ninety-one trainsets comprising four cars each were procured, manufactured from 2015 onwards by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and CSR Sifang in Qingdao, China. They will be the first trains in Singapore to feature ten passenger doors per carriage (five on each side).

These trains have yet to enter revenue service.


Awarded to Japanese-Chinese consortium Kawasaki Heavy Industries and CSR Qingdao Sifang in May 2014, Contract T251 (CT251) for the procurement of rolling stock called for of 91 trainsets of four cars each, at a total value of S$749.8 million. They beat Alstom, Hyundai Rotem, Bombardier/CSR Changchun, CAF and CSR Zhuzhou/Siemens for the lowest cost offered.

The first of these trains were delivered in May 2018, ahead of the Thomson-East Coast Line opening. They will also serve on the Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit Link. These trains will be equipped with the Alstom Urbalis 400 CBTC signalling system.


Current Design

All CT251 trains are comprised of four cars with open gangway connections between all cars. Each car has ten doors, five on each side. The interior features longitudinal seating, with foldable seats for additional standing space. Perch seats will also be included, like the C951 trains.

Train Formation

Every car is identified by a five-digit number ranging from 2001x to 2091x, where the first digit is always 2, and the last digit x is carriage identifier.  Trainsets are identified by their first four digits, i.e. Set 2001, Set 2002 and on to Set 2091.

As such, a sample Set 2005 will contain the carriage numbers 20051-20052-20053-20054. Depending on the direction of travel, the sequence may be reversed.

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