Train service disrupted at six Downtown Line stations after maintenance locomotive catches fire

Train service disrupted at six Downtown Line stations after maintenance locomotive catches fire

SINGAPORE – Train services were disrupted along a six-station stretch of the Downtown Line for more than an hour on the morning of May 24, after a locomotive carrying out maintenance work caught fire.

In a Facebook post, rail operator SBS Transit (SBST) said tracks between Fort Canning station and Mattar station were closed from the start of service until 7:26 a.m., when train service resumed later. along the stretch.

SBST activated bus bridge services between Chinatown station and Bedok North station during the disruption, and regular bus services along that stretch were made free for passengers.

The operator also organized a shuttle train service between MacPherson and Bedok stations and urged passengers to take other MRT lines to get around.

At approximately 7.40am, MacPherson station staff were seen directing passengers exiting the Circle Line away from the stairs leading to the Downtown Line platform for trains to Expo Station.

Passengers were directed upstairs to catch bus services, and some of them quickly headed in that direction.

Commuters were allowed to go to the Downtown line platform around 7.50 am, after which train services resumed.

SBST said the disruption was due to a locomotive catching fire around 1am while carrying out work at Mattar station.

After firefighters from the Singapore Civil Defense Force put out the fire, the tracks had to be closed as the locomotive could not be started until the heat from its body had dissipated, SBST reported.

On-site railway engineers carried out recovery work so that service at the six stations (Fort Canning, Bencoolen, Rochor, Bendemeer, Geylang Bahru and Mattar) could resume as soon as possible, the operator added.

A staff member who felt unwell was sent to hospital.

“He is under observation for smoke inhalation and is reported to be fine,” SBST said.

The railway operator apologized to travelers for the inconvenience caused and said it was investigating the cause of the fire.