Decommissioning of C651 trains

Decommissioning of the NSEWL 2nd Generation Trains, the Siemens C651, begun sometime in late 2020.

The first known C651 trainset to be scrapped was trainset 203/204, which was spotted being transported to a scrapyard in Tuas on the wee hours of Sunday, 6 September 2020.

These second-generation trains first entered service in 1995 on the North-South Line (NSL) and East-West Line (EWL).  19 such trainsets were manufactured from 1993 to 1994 by Siemens AG in Vienna, Austria, with a design lifespan of 30 years.

Mid-life upgrading works were slated for the C651 trains, and was first carried out on Train Sets 217/218 and 227/228 between 2015 and 2018. However, leading up the transition to the New Rail Financing Framework (NRFF) in August 2016, the LTA would eventually make decisions on building-up, replacement and upgrading of assets. Coupled with changes in SMRT Corporation’s management structure, the mid-life upgrading of C651 trains was abruptly discontinued, and planned refurbishments to the C151 were thus precluded.

While LTA announced its intention to replace the first-generation C151 trains with brand-new ones in September 2016, no further announcements were made with regards to the replacement of the second-generation C651 trains. In September 2020, R151 trains manufactured by Bombardier were confirmed as the replacement for these trains.

Preserved Trains

Train car 3230 (from Set 230) was announced to be preserved by the Singapore Police Force for training purposes in August 2021. On 28 August 2021, train cars 3229 & 1229 (from Set 229) was observed to be transported elsewhere, while car 2229 (from Set 229) was sent to the scrapyard.

Scrapping of Unrefurbished Trains
Set 211
Set 212
Scrapping of Refurbished Trains
Set 225

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6 thoughts on “Decommissioning of C651 trains

  • 25 May 2021 at 9:30 PM

    All refurbished C651 trains have been scrapped with none of them preserved.

  • 14 December 2020 at 9:43 PM

    I have a good idea! CR651: a CR151 interior by Bombardier and the rest by Siemens.

  • 8 September 2020 at 3:57 PM

    Very sad, what a waste

  • 8 September 2020 at 2:21 PM

    I think they will just replace the C651 with additional orders to existing CR151, save down further costs with fleet commonality and spare parts cost.

    • 28 September 2020 at 1:22 PM

      That’s what they will be doing.

      • 25 October 2021 at 9:39 PM

        I’ll think yes. The massive buying of cars for DTL and TEL isn’t shocking. They are replacing all three earlier batches of trains to Bombardier CR151.

        However, I predict the C151A and C151B to be shifted more into EWL. EWL is using older rolling trains.


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