Singapore Traction Company Mock-up Bus

A unique mock-up bus made its first appearance at LTA’s Our Bus Journey Carnival at Ngee Ann City on 11 March 2016. A Singapore Traction Company bus, STC 609, a 1967 Nissan RX102K3, was salvaged from a scrapyard and restored to its former glory, and showcased to the public for the first time.

STC 609 was one of fifty Nissan RX102K3 buses delivered to Singapore Traction Company (STC) in 1967, built with bodywork by Fuji Heavy Industries. Back then, STC held a monopoly over all bus services serving the Central Business District (CBD) ever since it began operations in October 1925. Service 18 was one such service, running between Tampines Road and Shenton Way.

A similar Nissan RX102K3 bus, photo retrieved from

Shortly after the 1971 Bus Reorganization, STC was forced to close down in December 1971 owing to great financial losses leading to the revocation of its omnibus license. Resources were distributed to three new bus operators, namely Associated Bus Services (ABS), Amalgamated Bus Company (ABC) and United Bus Company (UBC), and by 1973, all were merged to form the new Singapore Bus Service (SBS). Eventually registered as SBS6076T, this particular bus continued revenue service until its retirement in the late 1980s.

Located in a scrapyard (perhaps with the assistance of bus enthusiasts), in SBS livery and in decrepit condition, the bus was subsequently restored to its former glory. The interior and exterior were patched up and given a fresh coat of paint, new seats modelled after the old ones were installed, as well as modern handgrips. Only the front half of the bus was fully restored; the rear half was free of interior furnishings. At the bus carnival, a projector screen was installed, detailing the restoration of the bus.

Restoration Works:

LexBuild International Pte Ltd, a local multi-modal engineering service provider, was selected as part of the LTA-led effort to restore the bus, which also involved event organiser Pico Art. All photos are obtained from Lexbuild’s website.

Showcase (Exterior):

The bus was first showcased to the public at LTA’s Our Bus Journey Carnival at Ngee Ann City. It was also exhibited at subsequent carnivals at VivoCity and Toa Payoh HDB Hub.

Gallery: (Interior)

See Also:
Preserved Singapore Buses
  • Leyland Olympian (SBS7196Z) – Children’s playbus. Static display at Pat’s Schoolhouse (Jubilee Park)
  • Leyland Olympian (SBS9168S) – Bought by a private collector and shipped to United Kingdom; local registration L888 SBS.
  • Leyland Olympian (SBS6907X) – “The Red Bus” static display outside National Youth Council (Grange Road)
  • Volvo B10BLE Bus (SBS2988M) – Used for special needs education at St. Andrew’s Autism Centre
  • Volvo B10BLE Bus (SBS2989K) – Used for patient rehabilitation at Tan Tock Seng Hospital – Integrated Care Hub
  • Volvo Olympian (SBS7227T) – Former student lounge at Temasek Junior College, scrapped in 2018
  • Volvo B10TL (SBS9817C) – Used for special needs education at APSN Chaoyang School
  • Volvo B10TL (SBS9844Z) – Bought by a private collector and shipped to Hong Kong
  • Volvo B9TL (SBS7376X) – Preserved at ITE College West
External Links & References:

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4 thoughts on “Singapore Traction Company Mock-up Bus

  • 31 October 2020 at 1:03 AM

    May I know where can I view this iconic bus right now? Thanks.

  • 28 June 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Hi, I would also like to know if the Singapore Traction Company Mock-up Bus is still on display. We would like to possibly feature it in a Channel NewsAsia documentary, if access is granted. Please let me know how I can get in touch with more details. Thank you.

  • 10 February 2017 at 6:42 AM

    May I know is the Singapore Traction Company Mock-up Bus still on display somewhere? Or is there another carnival coming up anytime?



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