In recent footage uploaded to Chinese video sharing site bilibili, the train is seen running on elevated test tracks near CRRC’s manufacturing plant in Changchun.
Published by Xeon4850 on bilibili
These trains are built at Changchun Bombardier Rail Vehicles Company Ltd. (CBRC), a joint venture between rail vehicle manufacturers Bombardier and CRRC Changchun. Alstom has since acquired Bombardier’s rail division.
A total of 106 trains were purchased; the largest single order for rolling stock in Singapore’s rail history. These will replace 1st-generation Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151 trains (66 units), 2nd-generation Siemens C651 trains (19 units) and 3rd-generation Kawasaki-Nippon Sharyo C751B trains (21 units) on the NSL and EWL.
Trains were initially slated to arrive in Singapore from 2021 and commence service from 2022 onwards.
Other media appearances
Photos of the train appeared in Alstom press materials in 2021. As part of a Childen’s Day event, children whose parents worked at the factory were invited for a tour, which included the R151 trains being manufactured for Singapore.
More pictures were carried by RailDrive Transportation, a rail systems provider in China. These also provide a glimpse into the interior of the train cars, which closely match early renders of the train.
External Links & References:
- 中车长春客车厂试车线 未知列车测试_哔哩哔哩_bilibili [Accessed 18 Feb 2022]
- Celebrating International Children’s Day in China | Alstom [Accessed 18 Feb 2022]
- 新闻动态–励能交通 (raildrive.com) [Accessed 18 Feb 2022]